Although Spider-Man made his triumphant return to the center stage of the silver screen this summer with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, his mythology is about to open up even more. Specifically, it will continue with the upcoming release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom movie at Sony, which will kick off a wave of Spider-centric villain standalone stories. The Venom film has gradually assembled an incredibly impressive cast, and it just grew by one with the addition of Saturday Night Live alumni Jenny Slate.
Variety reports that Jenny Slate is currently in talks to sign on for the solo Venom movie. Little is currently known about the character that she is gearing up to portray, but it has been said that she will be a scientist. It is also unclear as to whether or not Slate will portray a serious or comedic character. Given her experience on films like Gifted AND her time on Saturday Night Live (among other comedies), she can likely do both.
Jenny Slate is also known for her comedy work on shows like Kroll Show, as well as Big Mouth, and she is the voice of fan-favorite internet meme, Marcel the Shell, who you can watch below. Clearly she has an extensive and impressive resume, but this represents her first foray into the realm of live action superheroes.
The Venom film continues to draw in a fantastic ensemble of performers to round out its cast. With Tom Hardy leading the pack as Eddie Brock, the film has also enlisted Riz Ahmed (for a role many assume to be Carnage), as well Michelle Williams for the movie's lead female role. Even if you are a naysayer on the idea of a standalone Venom movie, it's hard to deny that this is a stacked cast.
Beyond the strength of Venom's newly-bolstered cast, it will also be incredibly exciting to see what happens when a Spider-Man movie gets a Spidey-free adventure. If successful, Venom could open up the door for other side comic book characters to get their own standalone tales in the future. If unsuccessful, it could once again put the kibosh on another potential Spider-Man universe.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with more information related to Venom as new details become available to us. The symbiote-powered character's solo movie will swing into cinemas on October 5, 2018. If you're looking for more information about all of the films set to debut over the next year, then make sure look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide.
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