Despite being one half of the duo that wrote the fairly awful 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Alex Kurtzman has been handed the reins of the upcoming 'Venom' movie, which will be the first time he's ever directed a project of this size (his directorial debut was the Chris Pine drama 'Please Like Us'). So yeah, it's okay if you're feeling a little wary about this one. Venom is a controversial character among comic book fans, but no one wants to see another bad Spider-Man universe movie in the wake of the most recent disaster.

But it now looks like Kurtzman is starting to say the (mostly) right things. In a brief interview with MTV, he described what would make 'Venom' different from the regular Spidey films and his words should please fans of Eddie Brock and the Symbiote:

The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man. Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed…He’s a much darker character.

While Venom does share many of the same powers as his arch-rival, Spider-Man, he's a rougher kind of vigilante (and occasionally just a villain). The darkness inherent in the character and his more violent, twisted overtones turn off some fans, but he's beloved by those who appreciate their superheroes with a grittier edge. You shouldn't expect an R-rated 'Venom' movie anytime soon (there's no way Sony would ever let that happen), but you can expect something a little rougher, especially since Kurtzman has now made it clear that his vision is to go dark with the character.

'Venom' is currently eyeing a 2017 release date. You can also look forward to 'Sinister Six,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' and that untitled, unknown Spider-Man superheroine movie, all arriving within the next few years.

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