Well, for better or worse the time has come for Venom to get its own thread. The movie by director Ruben Fleisher and starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock is the first of Sony's proposed Spider-Man spin-off universe. The word on whether or not these stories take place on the same storytelling world as the MCU (ala the Netflix shows) is mixed, but is currently leaning towards "not". The reviews so far have been less than stellar, which is disappointing. I didn't have a problem with a Peter Parker-less Venom story so long as the story was solid. Comparisons to Fan4astic and Catwoman are not promising. The movie also stars Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams with a brief appearance by Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kassidy, a tease for a sequel that may never come. That part of it is truly a shame. Harrelson as Kassidy is perfect casting.