Variety reports Michelle Williams will join the cast of Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom. She will play a New York District Attorney in the film, which stars Tom Hardy as Marvel’s infamous anti-hero. Riz Ahmed is also set to costar alongside Hardy and Williams.
It is unclear which Venom Hardy will play, though it will presumably feature the original Eddie Brock, a Daily Bugle also-ran who finds his true calling when he merges with an alien symbiote discarded by Spider-Man. Both are fueled by their sour feelings toward the webslinger and menace him constantly. Of course, Sony’s version of the character will be separate from the current Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of Spider-Man, so it’s hard to say how much of Brock’s origin will play into the new film. Plot details are so difficult to come by, Variety was unable to declare with certainty whether or not Williams’ character will also be a love interest for Hardy.
Which is part of the interest around the picture. How do you establish Venom on his own without the usual Spider-Man trappings? He is a powerful image, but easily lost in the mire of uninspired anti-hero storylines. Jumanji‘s Scott Rosenberg and The Dark Tower‘s Jeff Pinkner are writing the script for director Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame. Perhaps they will find an interesting way for Hardy to meet the Symbiote without that pesky Parker swinging about.
Venom is scheduled for an October 5th, 2018 debut.