A new video gives comics fans their first glimpse of Michelle Williams on the set of the Venom movie. The actress has been cast in the role of Ann Weying – the ex-wife of Eddie Brock, who will be played by Tom Hardy.
Winner of both a Tony and a Golden Globe, Michelle Williams is one of the hottest actresses in the world. First achieving prominence as part of the cast of the teen drama Dawson’s Creek, Williams went on to acclaimed roles in Brokeback Mountain and Shutter Island, among other acclaimed films. In 2014, Williams starred as Sally Bowles in the third Broadway revival of Cabaret. Williams has also appeared in more mainstream film works in recent years, playing the part of Glenda The Good Witch in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great And Powerful. 2017 saw her star in both The Greatest Showman and All The Money In The World.
The video was posted to the Twitter account of the Turkish pop-culture site Kültürpat. The video shows Williams and Hardy engaged in a conversation outside of a bank. Take a look, below:
— Kültürpat (@Kulturpat) January 25, 2018
Details on the Venom film have been few and far between, beyond its cast list. What few details have come out – such as the story being based on the Venom: Lethal Defender comics – prove perplexing, as the character offers unique challenges for a solo film, given his dependence upon the mythology of the Spider-Man universe. These questions have become even more complicated given the increasingly complex negotiations between Sony and Marvel Studios, and questions regarding whether Venom will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the original comics, Venom was formed by a bond forged between disgraced reporter Eddie Brock and an alien creature – a symbiote – that bonded to Spider-Man under the guise of being advanced technology during the Secret Wars storyline. Spider-Man rejected and forcibly removed the symbiote after he realized his new costume’s true origins, and that it was subconsciously pushing him to increasingly violent ends. The symbiote found Brock as he was contemplating suicide in the wake of one of his stories on a serial killer’s true identity being proven false and delaying the police investigation, resulting in another person’s death. Brock blamed Spider-Man (who captured the real serial killer) for his misfortune, making him the perfect partner for the symbiote, who retained all of Spider-Man’s powers and memories in addition to offering cloaking powers that made Venom invisible to Spider-Man’s precognitive Spider-Sense.
The biggest question fans have is how Venom can exist in the MCU when that world’s version of Spider-Man doesn’t appear to have already had an encounter with the Symbiote. One theory that has been suggested is that Venom will be set after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and that Peter Parker will acquire the symbiote suit at some point during the events of that movie – a serious possibility, in the face of rumors that Avengers 4 will draw inspiration from Secret Wars. The point may be moot, however, as the appearance of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, or any version of Spider-Man appearing in Venom, has not yet been confirmed.
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