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Is Venom Really Getting His Own Movie?

Back then we reported that Avi Arad said that things are coming along "awesome" regarding the Venom movie, but was tight-lipped regarding casting or any other details. I guess that with the writers' strike things have been dead in the water, but with Marvel recently cutting a side deal with the WGA it seems that things may be moving forward with this film.

IESB.net is reporting that:

"[They've] confirmed that 'the studio' has met recently with several 'A-list writers' about a spin-off film."

There hasn't been an official announcement yet, so I'm going to take this with a grain of salt.

Getting back to the Venom character - I know that he (it?) is wildly popular with many comic book fans but frankly, I just don't see the appeal. I mean, he's the bad guy. And not just your run of the mill bad guy, but a really twisted, vile bad guy.

Oh... ok, sorry... so THAT's the appeal.

I don't follow the character in the comics, so I'll admit I'm not terribly familiar with him, but as far as I know he has no redeeming qualities whether he's in full-on Venom mode or when he's hiding in his host Eddie Brock.

I suppose you can create a movie around a villain - They did it quite successfully with Silence of the Lambs, but it doesn't appeal to me much at this point.

Or am I missing something?

Source: IESB.net

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