Alex Kurtzman reveals that when it comes to his ‘Venom’ spin-off movie, we can expect a much darker tone to the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.
After ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ went down like a lead balloon, Spider-Man fans are becoming increasingly concerned for the future of the franchise – especially given Sony’s sudden shift in focus to the villainous side of Spider-Man. But will the ‘Venom’ spin-off be any good? Writer Alex Kurtzman promises that it will keep the same ‘darker’ tone of the comic books.
“The idea,” Kurtzman told MTV News, “is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man.”
Making his comic book debut back in 1989, Venom is perhaps one of Spider-Man’s most well-known foes. After all, his symbiotic suit is a black and white version of Spider-Man’s very own costume. Eddie Brock – a disgraced reporter for the Daily Bugle – takes a much darker path in becoming Venom… bonding with an alien symbiote that clearly has a bit of a grudge against Peter Parker.
“Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed,” Kurtzman said. “He’s a much darker character.”
But bringing Venom to the big screen hasn’t been easy.
Played by Topher Grace in the universally-panned ‘Spider-Man 3’, Eddie Brock was a pale imitation of the character we all know and love. Of course, there’s no word yet on who will play Venom in his very own movie… but surely it has to be better than ‘Spider-Man 3’.
“You know, Spider-Man has the benefit of having so many more movies than even some of the movies that have 2′s and 3′s in front of them from Marvel,” Kurtzman said. And although he’s no longer involved in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ it seems he has a strong idea of what Sony should do next.
“I think as long as it keeps staying true to character, and true to who Peter is, and putting him in interesting and complicated situations, it’ll survive,” Kurtzman suggested. “Because it’s so beloved – everybody loves Spider-Man.”
I can’t help thinking that perhaps he should have taken his own advice with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’… and maybe not tried to cram so much story into the movie. Either way, it seems that Sony has a lot to prove with the next ‘Spider-Man’ movie. And more yet when it comes to their spin-offs.
Do you think ‘Venom’ deserves his own Spider-Man spin-off? Will they do justice to the character this time around? Let us know what you think in the comments below…