- Release Date: October 5, 2018
- Cast: Tom Hardy
- Director: Ruben Fleischer
- Writer: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg
Venom Movie Cast Stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock
After news broke that Sony were planning a Venom solo movie, talk quickly turned to which version of the character we would see and who would play him. Though many heroes and villains have worn the Venom Symbiote in the comics, Sony have chosen to go with Eddie Brock. The original Venom and the first to don the Symbiote after Spider-Man discarded it, Brock will be brought to life by venerable actor Tom Hardy (Inception, Dunkirk). The casting has already won praise from fans and assured many the film is on the right track.
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Venom Movie Villain is Carnage
Despite being the protagonist of the film, Venom walks the line between hero and villain. Though he’s certainly helped fight larger threats, he remains firmly in Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery. As such, the foe he faces in his first film will need to be even more dangerous than he is. Unsurprisingly, that villain will be Carnage. More than just Red Venom, the Carnage Symbiote and the serial killer that wears it are far more deranged than the film’s anti-hero. With a sadistic personality and powers Venom doesn’t have, Carnage will put Brock’s heroic side to the test.
Venom Movie Story
The story of Venom is still very much up in the air. We know Hardy will be Eddie Brock, meaning his background as a disgraced journalist could factor into part of the plot. We also know he’ll somehow encounter the Venom Symbiote, though its past connection to Spider-Man us unknown. Venom is also bound to spend considerable time on Kletus Cassady, as the Venom Symbiote births Carnage while the serial killer is in jail with Brock. Beyond that, we can only guess what story the film will tell.
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Venom Movie Trailer is a Few Months Away
Word broke recently that Venom was heading to both Atlanta and New York to begin filming this September. As such, a teaser and full trailer will likely be on their way soon. Even before filming begins, we can probably expect Sony to put together a tease for next year’s film. Following that, fans will be anxious to see Tom Hardy finally in action as Venom in a full trailer. While October of next year is a ways off, we can likely expect a Venom trailer before 2017 is through.
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Spider-Man is Not in The Venom Movie
One of the biggest questions about the Venom movie is how it will be made without featuring Spider-Man. Though we’ve heard Tom Holland is keen to work with Tom Hardy, we’ve learned definitively that Spider-Man will not appear in Venom. Considering the Symbiote, Venom’s origin, and Eddie Brock are all linked to Spidey, it’s unknown how the film will address this. On the one hand, Venom may skip the origin story and merely allude to the character’s comic backstory. Barring that, Sony may just rewrite Venom’s history altogether.
Venom Movie is Not in the MCU
For months, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Venom producer Amy Pascal have been making statements about the upcoming Sony spinoff and its connection to the MCU. While Spider-Man exists in the same world as the Avengers, it seems that Venom doesn’t. We’ve heard it said that the two characters exist in the same reality, but not in the same cinematic universe. What this means exactly, only time will tell.
Venom Movie is Part of “Sony’s Marvel Universe”
Though Venom isn’t part of the MCU, it will help to kickoff Sony’s own Marvel Universe. Along with the proposed Venom movie, word is the studio will also be pursuing other villain solo films. Silver & Black, focusing on Silver Sable and Black Cat, is already in the works. Meanwhile, word recently emerged that spinoffs featuring Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio are also on the horizon—hinting at the possibility of a Sinister Six movie in the future. With Sony owning the rights to a vast number of Spider-Man characters, there’s no limit to the amount of interesting films they could make.
Venom Movie is Going to Be Rated R
As soon as Venom was announced, fans began hoping and wishing the character would be given the R-Rated treatment. Given that Sony are proposing a Venom vs Carnage movie, anything less than an R rating would be disappointing. While there’s been no official word yet, a report a few months back indicated that Sony was indeed pursuing an R rating for the film. With Fox finding R-Rated success in Deadpool and Logan, it makes sense for Sony to try their hand at it.
Venom Movie Poster is Not Available Yet
Though news has continued to trickle out about Venom, we’ve yet to see any sort of promotional art for the film. There’s a good chance that could change with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Comic-Con this month as Sony will be eager to ride those waves of hype. In the meantime, fan art has already begun pouring in imagining Hardy as Venom. Though not connected to the film, it’s still a fun way for fans to build anticipation for the movie.
Venom Movie is Completely New
While the MCU is focusing solely on Spider-Man rogues we haven’t seen before on film, Sony will have to compete with Spider-Man 3’s incarnation of Venom. Like the poorly received take on Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Topher Grace’s take on Eddie Brock failed to impress casual moviegoers and diehard fans. As such, Sony are going to make sure their new film has nothing to do with the previous Venom or the more recent Amazing Spider-Man films.
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Venom Movie Director is Ruben Fleischer
With the announcement that Hardy would be starring in Venom, word also came that Ruben Fleischer would be helming the spinoff film. Best known as the director of Zombieland—written by the same writers as Deadpool, incidentally—Fleischer’s involvement means plenty of action, gore, and likely even some comedy. Though Venom isn’t known for laughs, Carnage has a certain dark sense of humor that’s bound to be on display. Fleischer’s work on films like Gangster Squad and 30 Minutes or Less further prove he can handle action, a prerequisite for any big comic book film.
Venom Movie Writers Are Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg
Tackling the script for Venom are a pair of writers well-versed in genre films. Jeff Pinkner is best known for his work on shows like Lost and Fringe, but he also wrote the story and screenplay for Amazing Spider-Man 2. Later this year, his work will also be on display in The Dark Tower. Scott Rosenberg has long worked with Pinkner. They share writing duties on the series Zoo and both wrote the script for the new Jumanji. Rosenberg’s past work on Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds should also help when it comes to crafting Venom’s action scenes.
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