"The idea," Kurtzman told MTV recently, "is that you can do things with Venom that you can't do with Spider-Man". The suited incarnation of shamed journalist Eddie Brock will be no-one's idea of a straight-up crusader for justice, stressed the writer/director. "Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He's a much darker character."
How the next phase of Sony's Spider-Man universe falls into place still remains to be seen. The Sinister Six movie is steaming ahead, with the malevolent sextet teased in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (as was Venom, although his role in that movie will be marginal at most), and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 now pushed back to 2018.
Kurtzman, of course, also has the small matter of a Mummy reboot to oversee for Universal Pictures, before busying himself with Venom. His advice for his colleagues on Spider-Man 3? "I think as long as it keeps staying true to character, and true to who Peter is, and putting him in interesting and complicated situations, it'll survive. Because it's so beloved – everybody loves Spider-Man."
As always, watch this space.