Amy Pascal already has some very kind words for the director of Sony’s Venom solo film. Following its Los Angeles premiere last night, fans are just a little more than a week away from getting to see what Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have been cooking up with their first ever solo Spider-Man film together, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. But while a large majority of the film’s press tour has been dedicated to actually talking about Spider-Man: Homecoming and what it was like making the film, there’s also been an unsurprisingly large amount of talk and questions regarding the Venom standalone film.
Now, that’s not necessarily much of a surprise since, from the moment that it was announced that Venom would be starring Tom Hardy and had finally found a director, there’s been a lot of talk amongst the fan community about the project. And following some confusing comments made by Amy Pascal near the beginning of press tour – she, Kevin Feige, and Tom Holland have all been busy addressing the possibility of Tom Hardy’s Venom ever crossing over with Holland’s Spider-Man on the big screen.
However, none of this has really helped paint a much better picture of what the Venom film look and feel like. But during a recent interview with Fandom, Amy Pascal praised the selection of Zombieland director, Ruben Fleischer, at the helm, before briefly teasing what the tone of Venom will likely be:
“Well, Ruben is a very talented, ironic, funny guy. He did a great job with Zombieland, so when you think of that mixed with Venom, I think that tells you what it should be.”
Taking into account just how comedic of a film Zombieland is, Pascal’s comments here hint at a tone and look for the Venom film that most fans might not be expecting, especially considering how dark and villainous the Venom character is usually thought of by audiences. But at the same time, it’s not like the character doesn’t have a comedic or ironic side to him either, which makes the possibility of Venom having a comedic kind of tone like Zombieland‘s that much more interesting to think about.
It’ll be a tonal tightrope for the studio to walk, of course, and will mostly come down to both the writing of the screenplay and how Fleischer handles the tone on set while filming. Fortunately, Tom Hardy has proven himself capable of slipping seamlessly into any role he plays, so depending on the overall execution of the film, Eddie Brock could very well go down as one of his riskiest and most successful character choices to date. But that’s the question that everyone’s asking right now – if Venom can manage to be a success or not, and with this kind of creative talent involved, it could very well turn out to be one of the more unlikely wildcards of the comic book movie genre to come around in quite some time.
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