Riz Ahmed is in talks to join the cast of Sony Pictures and Ruben Fleischer’s Venom movie as a Marvel Comics character. After Sony’s first crack at a Spider-Man shared universe, which would have launched in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was a nonstarter due to lower-than-expected box office returns and poor reviews, the studio struck a deal with Marvel Studios to introduce the web-slinging Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Sony is still planning its own superhero universe using characters typically associated with Spider-Man – but not Spidey himself.

So far, Fleischer’s Venom is the farthest along in development, with a 2018 release date locked down and a ...

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