The film will take inspiration from the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes storylines.
Sony’s upcoming Venom film starring Tom Hardy will be inspired by the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic storylines.
Collider reports director Ruben Fleischer revealed this new information during a Comic-Con Experience 2017 panel in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend.
Lethal Protector is a six-issue comic book series by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley released in 1993. The story follows Venom and Spider-Man agreeing to not fight each other so as long as Venom will stop committing crimes. The unlikely duo eventually find themselves working together to battle five offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Riot, Agony, Scream, Phage, and, Lasher. Lethal Protector sees Venom moving out New York City for San Francisco, and Tom Hardy confirmed during the Comic-Con panel that the Venom movie takes place in San Francisco as well.
Meanwhile, the 1995 Planet of the Symbiotes comic also follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help from Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider. It’s a five-issue comic arc also written by Michelinie.
While both comics prominently feature Spider-Man, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man won’t feature in the Venom film, as producer Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures confirmed Venom will be separate from the MCU. Venom will instead kick off Sony’s Marvel Universe. Recent rumors also suggest Carnage will serve as the primary villain.
Venom will open in theaters on October 5, 2018 with production currently underway. Along with Hardy, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate. The movie has been described as a horror film take on the Venom character, with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg writing the script.