Tom Hardy’s Venom movie arrives in October. The original plan was for it to tie into Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but that’s no longer the case. Venom, a character best known via his original Eddie Brock alter-ego, first appeared in Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man #299 and was created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane in 1988. He was (infamously,) first played onscreen by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.
Ruben Fleischer, best known for Zombieland (and 30 Minutes or Less,) is directing. Screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey, Saving Mr. Banks) worked on the script with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Black Panther composer Ludwig Goransson will provide the score.
While the film was expected to follow in the highly successful R-rated superhero footsteps of Fox-Marvel movies such as Deadpool and Logan, word is that Venom will be rated PG-13, not R, in the hopes that Sony could still have a Spider-Man vs. Venom movie somewhere down the line.
This latest Venom clip may center on Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock, but it’s certainly channeling another Marvel character. Indeed, Eddie, surrounded by a heavily-armed tactical team, gives the old “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” routine before Hulking… err, Venoming-out, flicking away the bevy of bullets. Moreover, he further channels a certain gamma-radiated green giant by giving one unfortunate SWAT person the old “Puny God” treatment.
Here’s another recent preview clip from Venom (arriving via IGN,) that depicts a rather testy exchange between Eddie Brock in investigative journalist mode and the Life Foundation’s Carlton Drake, who’s not a big fan of ambiguously-accented reporters asking about the company’s track record on human experimentation. While there’s no symbiote-related action in this clip, it does provide a new glimpse of the dynamic between the film’s hero and its main villain.
You can check out the previous Venom trailers below!
Venom Release Date
Venom is scheduled to open on Oct. 5, 2018. The full schedule of upcoming Marvel movies can be found here.
Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock/Venom, and he brings some obvious action movie credibility after appearing in roles like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and especially Mad Max: Fury Road, and he even nabbed an Oscar nomination too for his work in The Revenant.
Michelle Williams plays Anne Weying, a New York City District Attorney. In the comics, Anne is Eddie Brock’s ex-wife and has some fateful bonding experiences of her own as She-Venom.
Riz Ahmed plays Dr. Carlton Drake, head of the Life Foundation. He will eventually bond with a symbiote of his own to become the villain, Riot.
Sope Aluko plays Dr. Rosie Collins.
Additionally, names like Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Scott Haze have roles in the film that remain hush-hush.
Carnage may or may not be in the movie. Carnage is serial killer Cletus Kasady, a sadistic serial killer who was once a cellmate of Eddie Brock/Venom. Kasady came into contact with a piece of the Venom symbiote, and it bonded with him as it had with Brock. As a result, you have a creature with all of Venom’s powers, but none of Eddie Brock’s (admittedly limited) morals and scruples. There are reports (unconfirmed) that Woody Harrelson is playing Kasady.
As the official Venom synopsis reads:
As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?
Back in December, at Brazil Comic-Con, Venom director Ruben Fleischer revealed that the movie’s story would be based on Marvel Comics fare in 1993’s Venom: Lethal Protector limited series (Venom’s first solo storyline,) and 1995’s “The Planet of the Symbiotes” storyline from the pages of Spider-Man titles. Indeed, the mention of the Life Foundation – a sinister of cabal of wealthy reprobates – is pertinent to the film’s “Lethal Protector” aspect, since that series saw Venom fall into their captivity and experimented upon, yielding the birth of five more symbiotes, Scream, Phage, Agony, Riot and Lasher.
We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available.