For a while it looked like Sony's Spider-Man movie ambitions had been doused with a lethal dose of bug repellent.
Things looked bleak for the studio following the below-par performance of the Andrew Garfield films and Spidey's Marvel introduction, but it recently surprised fans with the news that its long-mooted Venon solo movie is back on the agenda.
Make no mistake, Sony is deadly serious about Venom. Not only is the company prioritising the project, it's only gone and convinced Mad Max star Tom Hardy to cover himself in black goo for the lead role.
Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer will direct the Spidey spinoff and it is expected to be followed by a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie.
Beyond the director and lead actor announcement, little else is known about the Venom film, but one thing is for sure, Sony will have to get this one right to have any hope of clinging onto a sliver of the Marvel Universe.
The company doesn't have the greatest track record on this front, given that the sublime Spider-Man 2 is its only truly outstanding contribution to the franchise.
However, there are lessons it can heed from the past to ensure Venom's solo cinematic debut doesn't disappoint.