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Tom Hardy Reveals Practical Process Behind His Venom Voice


The echoing double-voice of half-man, half-alien symbiote Venom was achieved “all at the same time” during filming instead of post-production, Eddie Brock actor Tom Hardy shared with EW.

“Actually, the sound boys, [Patrick Anderson on sound playback and production sound mixer Michael B. Koff], they worked relentlessly to trigger [it] — I’d have to lay down the vocal for Venom in the morning and then play Eddie opposite in my earpiece, and whoever was working in the scene with me, had to hear Venom at the same time but then ignore that they’d heard Venom,” Hardy said.

“And whenever I gave my cue line as Eddie Brock — this might not make any sense to anybody who’s not really techie and geeky about things like this like me — but Patrick would be under the stage queuing Venom accurately so I could cut across him and talk and argue with myself, and stuff like that. It’s a bit techie, it was fun. It was really, really good fun, and the sound boys, actually, to be fair, probably really play Venom. It’s my voice [laughs], but they play Venom.”

“It’s a real testament to Tom’s talent [because] he had to play these two characters simultaneously, and watching him manage both these personalities in his head at one time, just as a director, was so fun to see him acting literally opposite himself. It’s really impressive,” added director Ruben Fleischer.

Hardy, who pulled double duty as identical twin brothers Reggie and Ron Kray in 2015 gangster drama Legend, would act opposite himself through the use of vocal recordings and a double, making for a not-as-complicated-as-it-sounds “Tetris puzzle.”

“It was more of the same stuff, when I did the Kray twins in Legend, that was again audio record of the brother who was gonna cause the most amount of damage in the room, so I would act the one who does the least amount of damage but then predict the damage that was coming, but the vocals had to be laid down before we set the scene,” Hardy explained.

“Which means all the other actors had to know what the person in the room was gonna do, who wasn’t in the room when we filmed it, and then we put a double in there, so it’s a little bit like some kind of Tetris puzzle. It’s very geeky [laughs]. But I really enjoyed it, and no, it’s less complicated than it seems.”

It works swimmingly, Hardy said, “as long as I’ve got the guideline in my ear.” On set, outwardly talking to himself mirrored the affliction that befalls investigative journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes a twitchy and paranoid-looking weirdo after bonding with the mysterious extraterrestrial goo known as a symbiote.

“It looks weird from the outside if you don’t hear what I’m hearing. It just looks like a man talking to himself, which is partly Eddie Brock’s problem, really, for a lot of the transference of the symbiote into him,” Hardy said.

“And that’s what makes it a little bit quite funny, really. We see this poor guy struggling, talking to himself, and that’s what the crew really saw for four or five months is this poor guy — well, not so poor guy — struggling with himself.”
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How Venom's Movie Transformation Compares To The Comics







In the recent trailer for Venom, we got a horrifying look at Eddie Brock's (Tom Hardy) transformation into into a giant, toothy, long-tongued monster - courtesy of an alien symbiote he picks up while investigating the Life Foundation. Dr Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) has been trying to use the symbiote to create an enhanced version of humanity, but it seems that the process has so far been particularly hard on the hosts.

The nature of the symbiote is such that it's often hard to tell where the host ends and the alien entity begins. The symbiote merges with a host's body, hiding inside and then emerging and transforming its host in interesting and often horrifying ways. What we've seen of Eddie Brock's transformation into Venom in the trailers is similar to the portrayal in the comics, but also seems to draw upon other influences, like Venom's transitions in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Venom is a character steeped in body horror, so the transformation scenes could make or break this movie - and also offer some great insight into the relationship between Eddie Brock and his new symbiote pal. Let's break down what we've seen so far.

EDDIE BROCK GETS INFECTED WITH THE SYMBIOTE

In the comics, Eddie Brock first bonds with the symbiote when the two of them have aligned goals - namely, a hatred of Spider-Man - so the process is quite smooth, with Eddie and the symbiote working in tandem to take down the web-slinger, and Eddie glad to have the symbiote in board. In the movie, however it appears that Eddie won't even realize what has happened to him at first. We see him looking physically tormented by his new pal: sweating profusely, downing pills, and startled by the voice in his head. His journey to becoming Venom is portrayed as a kind of infection or demonic possession. Director Ruben Fleischer has compared it to a werewolf movie.

In many ways, this resembles moments from the classic '90s story Venom: The Madness (pictured above), in which Venom fell into a toxic chemical mix that infected him with demons from the Realm of Insanity. Instead of having just one voice in his head, Eddie had many voices - including Creep, Paranoia and Delusion - that stole away his usual measure of control and made him extremely dangerous and highly aggressive. Although Venom is mainly based on the Lethal Protector comic arc, the movie could well draw on inspiration from other stories in the early run of solo Venom adventures - The Madness among them.

THE VENOM MOVIE TRANSFORMATION REFLECTS A LACK OF CONTROL

In the comics, the Venom's appearance varies depending on the emotional state of the host, and also reflects the balance of control between symbiote and host. During the symbiote's first appearance, when it attached itself to Peter Parker, it essentially looked the same as Peter's usual Spider-Man suit. When the symbiote latched on to Peter it dissolved the existing Spider-Suit underneath and replaced it, and Peter soon realized that he could control the suit with his thoughts (for example, creating a seam in it so he could conveniently store his wallet and keys). It was some time before Peter even became aware that his suit was actually a separate living being - at which point he rejected it.

The symbiote doesn't just use its hosts, but instead can form deep, emotional attachments to them, and therefore was deeply hurt by Peter's rejection. After crawling away, it discovered Eddie Brock, who held an obsessive hatred of Spider-Man due to the fact that Spider-Man caught and identified serial killer called the Sin-Eater about an hour and a half after Brock published an exposé on the wrong suspect. The symbiote latched onto Brock when he was seething with hatred and, as a result, the first appearance of Venom shows the symbiote not simply as a skintight suit, but as something that has physically transformed Eddie - giving him claws and a large mouth with sharp teeth. More recently, Flash Thompson's turn as Agent Venom demonstrated what a host can do when they are in total control of the symbiote; Flash uses it to create a simple tactical suit for himself, and also to regrow the lower half of his legs, which he lost in the Iraq War.

From what we've seen in the trailers, Hardy's Eddie Brock seems to have little to no control over the symbiote, which would explain why his physical transformation is so extreme. When the suit takes over his body he grows in height by several feet, and his face is enveloped by a monstrous mouth and teeth (and the long, slavering tongue that was introduced by artist Erik Larsen, and would go on to become a trademark of the character). Unlike the Eddie of the early comics, the movie's Eddie seems to be a nice enough guy who isn't consumed by rage or hatred, and describes himself as being "taken" by the symbiote - begging it not to hurt people, warning people not to aggravate it, and even apologizing when it attacks.


VENOM'S SHAPESHIFTING ABILITIES

The Venom suit can not only make its host taller, bulkier and more monstrous - it also has some pretty handy shapeshifting abilities. For example, in the latest trailer we see the symbiote take the form of a shield in order to protect Eddie from a hail of bullets, and one symbiote (it's hard to tell for sure whether it's Venom or Riot, though it seems to be the latter) transforms its arms into a giant pair of blades, taking out an entire room of people.

The symbiote usually appears in its trademark fluid-looking black form, regardless of what shape it takes, but it has been known to get a little more creative. For example, in Spider-Man/Human Torch #4 (above), Peter Parker used the symbiote to create a disguise for himself inside the Wakandan embassy. However, the suit's interpretation of Peter's request led it to transform into a traditional Wakandan outfit, which wasn't much of a disguise, since Peter is very obviously not Wakandan.

Shapeshifting and color-changing also gives Venom the chameleon-like ability to blend into any background by changing the appearance and texture of its skin. In The Amazing Spider-Man #347, Venom plays a rather nasty game of cat-and-mouse with Spider-Man on a deserted island, and disguises himself first inside a pool of water, and then against the bark of a tree. There have been no indications yet that we'll see this useful ability in the movie, but it could certainly come in handy when Eddie is on the run from the Life Foundation.

VENOM IN SPIDER-MAN 3 AND SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

One of the biggest challenges of bringing Venom from the comics to the screen is actually showing the transformation in motion. Spider-Man: The Animated Series took the approach of having Venom's mouth close down around Eddie's head, and then fold back like a hood whenever Eddie wanted to expose his own head. In the big transformation scenes from the trailers, when Venom takes over Eddie's body to terrorize a bad guy and muses over which "snacks" to eat first, we see a very similar effect. with Venom's teeth closing unnervingly over Eddie's face.



Topher Grace's Eddie Brock, in Spider-Man 3, had a slightly different transformation into Venom. The symbiote's tendrils crawl over his face and engulf it, with the eyes and teeth only appearing when Eddie's face is completely covered. Spider-Man 3's Venom also had a less extreme appearance, closer to the early comic book appearances, rather than a bulked-up monstrous form and long, drooling tongue. He also, of course, had the white spider symbol on his chest, which Hardy's Venom won't have (for obvious reasons).

What we've seen of Venom's transformation scenes so far has evoked a mixed response from fans. The design is certainly comic book-faithful, and there are some cool effects, but they're somewhat undermined by the unpolished CGI. Hopefully the final version of the movie will look a little better, and use those transformations to truly horrify the audience.
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Spider-Man Powers Venom May Not Have In His Movie




Venom is ready to conquer the box office in October, but the grotesque supervillain will have to do so without the signature powers of Spider-Man. With the amazing wall-crawler played by Tom Holland now an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Venom is Sony's attempt to launch its own movie universe based around Spider-Man characters but without the web-head himself. Whether or not Peter Parker will cameo in Venom is a rumor yet to be substantiated but, regardless, by never bonding with Spider-Man the symbiote won't have the web-slinger's many abilities.

In the comics, the alien symbiote that would eventually become Venom was introduced in 1984's Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. The shapeshifting substance was found by Spider-Man on the Beyonder's Battleworld and it became his new black costume in The Amazing Spider-Man #252. Spider-Man wore the symbiote for months, unaware it was a sentient alien that bonded with him and took control over the web-slinger nocturnally. Spider-Man eventually took his black costume to the Fantastic Four to be analyzed, where Mr. Fantastic determined the costume was a living symbiote out to control its host. When the wall-crawler rejected the symbiote, it became his enemy and, in 1988's The Amazing Spider-Man #300, the alien bonded with Eddie Brock, a rival photographer who hated Spider-Man and became Venom. The rest is comic book history.


From what fans have already seen in Venom's trailer, it's clear his movie origin will be completely different and Spider-Man doesn't factor in at all. The film is set in San Francisco with reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) bonding with the symbiote to become the prehensile-tongued, razor-toothed monster. Since, unlike in the comics or in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, Spidey won't be the symbiote's original human host in Venom, Eddie Brock likely won't acquire the web-head's many superpowers. However, the alien being does have an array of powers all its own that will more than make up for it.



The Venom in the movie probably won't have Spider-Man's super strength and reflexes. This isn't to say the symbiote isn't incredibly strong in its own right, and its shapeshifting ability grants it a different kind of inhuman speed, but it won't be similar to Spider-Man's. Venom also won't be able to wall-crawl exactly like Spidey, though, again, it's a malleable, liquid-like alien substance, therefore it should still be able to replicate this spider-power in a different way. The creature also won't have Peter Parker's Spider-Sense that warns him of danger, but then again, it doesn't really need this ability anyhow. And, of course, since it never pretended to be Spider-Man, the symbiote also won't be shooting webbing; instead, it will project inky tendrils of itself. This also means no web-swinging across the city.

The differences seem to go beyond powers, too. Since he never met Spider-Man, it makes sense Venom won't have the white spider-symbol on his chest like the comic book version does. But the most important deviation of all will be that Venom won't directly benefit from the core principle that Spider-Man lives by, that "with great power comes great responsibility". Indeed, while Eddie Brock will attempt to control the beast's bloodlust, the symbiote is a villain through and through; Sony is proudly boasting in its advertising for Venom that "The World Has Enough Superheroes".

While this may surprise some, there's always been more to Venom and his powers than just what was cribbed from Peter Parker. This can be best seen by the movie's other symbiotes, including Riot, who likewise has no Spidey connection so instead favors gigantic bladed weapons. Venom may still resemble a grotesque version of Spider-Man, but he'll truly be nothing like the web-slinger.

Ultimately, fans may find these differences to be the best thing about Venom.
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SPIDER-MAN 3 Star Topher Grace Gives His Seal Of Approval To VENOM: "Tom Hardy Is The Guy To Play That Role"

While on the press tour for his upcoming release, BlacKkKlansman, former Spider-Man 3 star Topher Grace shared his thoughts on the upcoming Venom movie and gave his seal of approval to Tom Hardy.





While many modern comic book movie fans may have forgotten its importance, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 was easily the biggest comic book movie of all-time when it debuted in 2007, capping off what is still considered to be one of the best superhero trilogies of all-time. Now, while the third installment wasn't as well received as its two now-iconic predecessors, it was still received positively by the majority of critics and was a monumental blockbuster at the worldwide box office, grossing over $890 million by the end of its theatrical run.

One of the biggest criticisms the film has faced to date has been the casting of Topher Grace (That '70s Show) as the fan-favorite Spidey villain Eddie Brock, a.k.a. Venom, a character that was reportedly a late addition to the film's script, and was a far cry from the vicious antihero many know and love from the comics. The reception to his portrayal has softened over the years as fans have come to appreciate the character he was asked to play, but the demand for a more accurate big-screen version of the character is something that's only gotten louder and louder.

Luckily, for those fans, Sony, after the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, was quick to go into production on a live-action Venom solo feature, starring Tom Hardy as the titular antihero with Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland) directing. It may not have Spider-Man involved (as far as we know), but it does sound like Grace is very much onboard with Hardy tackling the role.

While speaking with Inverse, at the press junket for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Grace enthusiastically gave his seal of approval to Hardy and said he's the absolute right man for the job. “To me — I truly mean this — I think Tom is the guy to play that role. I’m thrilled to watch it as a fan. I really mean that. I think he’s just the best dude.” He also cites Hardy's role as Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as more than enough reason to believe he can and will do the part justice. “He’s proven he can do comic book villains amazing.

He continues on to share how he was a huge fan of Venom growing up, having read Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man run in middle school and how that initially attracted him to his role in Spider-Man 3, although he now admits that he did initially have reservations about accepting the part when he learned how the script handled Venom, but it wasn't an opportunity he could pass up. “I understand Sam’s interpretation, which was to do a dark version of Tobey [Maguire]’s character. I was thrilled because I was such a fan of the character, but I was aware of how it was different from what I had grown up reading. I thought it was cool, but I’m really excited to see [Tom Hardy’s version]. That’s the character I grew up with.
One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
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Will Tom Hardy's VENOM Be The Spider-Man Of Sony's Shared Spider-Verse?


With Spider-Man firmly entrenched in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it appears as if the Spider-Verse will have to make do without a Spidey of its own but a new report points to Venom taking his place...

The chances of Spider-Man appearing in Sony's Spider-Verse appear to be somewhere between slim and none for the foreseeable future and that means characters like Venom, Silver Sable, Black Cat, and Kraven the Hunter will all exist in a world where the wall-crawler doesn't. However, a recent profile on Tom Hardy in Esquire points to Venom stepping up and taking on a larger role in proceedings.

According to the magazine, the actor "may well appear" in other movies set in this new cinematic universe, with Venom serving as just the beginning. With no Spider-Man in sight, it would make sense for Eddie Brock to become the Spider-Verse's lead, taking on the role of a Lethal Protector and teaming up with, say, Morbius the Living Vampire in order to take on a new version of the Sinister Six.

Many fans have actually theorised that will be the case and if it sounds like a very 90s thing to do, that's probably because Venom took on that sort of anti-hero role in the comics back then! It doesn't appear as if Hardy is worrying too much about Sony's attempts/struggles to create its own shared world, though: "If the odds are stacked against Sony, that’s not my f***ing business. It’s irrelevant."
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Tom Hardy Injured Himself on 'Venom' Set


Playing the titular anti-hero in Venom proved dangerous for Eddie Brock actor Tom Hardy when he injured himself on set.

While Hardy didn't disclose his exact injury, he was visibly wearing the wound by walking with a limp while talking to Esquire. The outlet described him as physically worn down — which fits his reputation of dedicating himself to roles. "At the end of a job, I normally end up on the side of the road,” Hardy said. “And then carrying the toddler around on my shoulders. Things get in the way of looking after yourself."

The on-set injury doesn't appear to have affected him too deeply. At San Diego Comic Con, Hardy was enthusiastically going about the Hall H stage to promote his film and open up about his character.

Director Ruben Fleischer shared a similar enthusiasm, as seen in the video above. The director was pushing Hardy to be sure the Venom coming to the big screen was exactly what he and fans are hoping for.

"I'm a huge fan of comic book movies so I just tried to pick a lane that was true to the character," Fleischer told ComicBook.com. "I think inherent to the character, he's just darker, and we talked about more violent. It's just tonally different from everything else, especially when you're focusing on just Venom. He's not a sunshine kind of guy. So, it takes place at night. It's darker. More menacing. I think that within the spectrum of all these movies, there's the DC super dark, Zack Snyder-type version and then there's the Marvel movies and I like to think that we're in our own zone apart from that."

Fleischer admits he would like to one day see Spider-Man and Venom come face to face on the big screen, though it won't be happening this time around. "I think we can all agree it would be pretty amazing to see Spider-Man and Venom face off in a film," Fleischer said during Sony's Hall H panel. "I have to think that the studio is thinking the same way and at some point down the road they're gonna run across each other's paths."
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Tom Hardy’s Venom Was Inspired By Three Very Different Guys




In Venom, Tom Hardy will play two different characters, the title character as well as the human Eddie Brock who hosts the creature. While Hardy may have been doing double duty, he says he actually took inspiration from three very different, and quite odd, sources, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, rapper Redman, and...Woody Allen? Hardy explains what he took from each like this...

Woody Allen's tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that....Conor McGregor---the überviolence but not all the talking. And [rapper] Redman, out of control, living rent-free in his head.

Needless to say, these are three wildly different sources of inspiration, but when Tom Hardy explains things to Esquire, it begins to make some sense where they all came from. Conor McGregor is certainly an easy connection to make. The man is super aggressive in the octagon and he's relentless. The same can certainly be said for Venom, as the alien symbiote is driven by violence, mostly for its own sake.

The other two influences, however, are a bit more bizarre. Eddie Brock is surely going to be a little neurotic considering that, not only does he have a voice in his head that talks to him, but that voice is an actual alien. However, drawing that connection to Woody Allen is likely one that most of us would not make. It does reveal, it would seem, that there is apparently a lighter side to Venom. Most of what we've seen in the trailers has been dark and violent and serious but Hardy implies that some of Eddie fighting the voice in his head is actually funny.

Finally, we have Redman, a rapper known for, as Hardy puts it so eloquently, "living rent-free in his head." The man can seem a little wild an out of sorts on occasion. I suppose to a certain extent Venom himself will be what's living inside Eddie Brock's head, but clearly, when Venom decides to cut loose and just go crazy, he'll do so with Conor McGregor levels of violence.

I think it's safe to say that Tom Hardy will be playing Venom unlike anybody else would or probably could. Nobody else who would have thought to put these characters together in this way. Hardy clearly knows he had an unusual way of looking at the character(s). He admits that he didn't tell anybody who he was using as inspiration because he knew how it would sound.

Will any of this actually work? We'll have to wait until October to find out. Tom Hardy is unquestionably a great actor, so I'm going to assume Hardy knew what he was doing and this is all going to work out, at least until I see the film.
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'Venom' Unlikely to Get R-Rating Because of Future Spider-Man Crossover Hopes


The future of the Spider-Man movie franchise was the subject of big new report, and of the many revelations to come out of the trade's analysis of the Sony's Spider-Man universe plans, was mention that Venom may not end up being the R-Rated superhero horror experience that a lot of Marvel fans are hoping for.
According to Variety:

"It’s unlikely that 'Venom' will be the first R-rated Sony Marvel movie... some members of Sony’s brain trust believe that the film should push the very limits of PG-13 without crossing over into a higher rating. The feeling is that will give the studio greater leeway for future installments that will feature Spider-Man, something “Venom” does not do. Any Spider-Man movie will carry a PG-13 rating because the wall-crawler is more family friendly, and if 'Venom' is too dark and gory, it might preclude other film match-ups, not just with Peter Parker’s alter-ego, but also with other members of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)."

This revelation officially brings us to a major impasse. On the one hand, Marvel fans are expecting the Venom movie to be the dark antithesis to the Spider-Man franchise, and superhero films as a whole. On the other hand, a lot of fans also want there to be a future for Venom beyond his solo film franchise - including crossovers with Spider-Man, and ideally, more Marvel Comics characters. It sounds like getting both might be impossible, so the question now becomes: which goal to fans value more?

By now most of us know that the first goal of a superhero film should be establishing itself as a viable franchise. In the case of Venom, that means delivering a film that distinguishes itself from the genre - a feat that may still be possible under the banner of a hard PG-13, but would be all but guaranteed if Venom followed in Deadpool's footsteps. After all, the film features moments like Venom biting off a crook's head, which may leave fans feeling cheated, if the moment is edited down to fit a stricter rating.

The bigger issue here is why Sony is planning to possibly restrict the film's rating: for a future of Marvel movie crossovers that may never even come to pass - especially if a PG-13 Venom proves to be too tame and disappointing to become a major hit with fans. In fact, the report from Variety seems more like Sony begging to make some wishful thinking a reality, rather than actual plans that are in the works.


What do you think: should Venom bet on a future of bigger Marvel movie crossovers? Or should Sony just focus on making the best superhero/sci-fi/horror hybrid film that it can? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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New Venom Photo Offers Detailed Look at Tom Hardy's Symbiote Suit





A brand-new Venom image has been released, giving fans a clearer look at the symbiotic antihero. The film stars Tom Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock, who finds himself infected with an alien parasite while investigating the sinister Life Foundation. Riz Ahmed co-stars as Carlton Drake, the head of the organization and the villain Brock and his symbiote will have to join forces to stop.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the film is set to be the first of Sony's planned Spider-Villain Universe, which is set to include Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, and 900 other potentials. Venom will reportedly shepherd the way similar to how Tom Holland's Spider-Man will in Phase 4 of the MCU. With Sony operating differently from Marvel Studios, though, it remains to be seen whether they and their mutual nemesis will ever cross paths. Either way, the studio has high hopes for the character. The fans have been waiting for an accurate representation of the character since even before Topher Grace was miscast in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

Courtesy of EW, fans can now get their most detailed look yet. The scene is one people will have already seen, wherein Venom presumably foils an armed robbery in a convenience store. Rather than the dual close-ups of the threatening antihero and the criminal's predictably horrified reaction, the photo offers a full body shot. Even more than that, it's in a clearer light than the nighttime glimpses seen previously in the trailer. Traditionally, nothing would compare to seeing the character in full head-biting action, but the image is a striking and effective one. Check it out below:



The VFX team has seemingly pulled out all the stops, crafting a CGI character that seems to blend seamlessly with the real-world environment. Co-creator Todd McFarlane may have some proposed edits, but the image is sure to please fans. Everything is arguably perfect, even before mentioning the white veins which flash like lightning strikes across the suitably slimy, crude-oil black. The character feels alive and otherworldly, with a fluidity to its flesh even when rendered still. All of which is made conceivably better by the lack of cheesy, nonsensical dialogue that permeated the trailer, though that remains up for debate.

Hardy also offered some thoughts on the film: “They’re a bit lost in this world, and finding each other and negotiating an ethical framework is perhaps a gift and a burden for the two of them,” he said. “They bring out the very best and the very worst in each other.” It's the photo, however, that will no doubt leave the biggest impression. Of course, the film itself will be the true test of how good the effects are and how well the character is represented, be it PG-13 or R-Rated. Though it will lack the trademark white spider on the chest, the character, so far, seems every bit the one fans have come to adore over the decades.
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LUKE CAGE Actor Ron Cephas Jones Joins The Cast Of VENOM In An Unknown Role


The cast of Venom already includes talented actors like Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy, and now a new report reveals that Emmy nominee Ron Cephas Jones will also star in the upcoming Sony film in an unknown role.

Filed Under: "Venom" Source: The Hollywood Reporter
While the trailers for Sony's upcoming Venom movie haven't won over every fan, there's no denying that the film has amassed a very impressive cast, and now yet another stellar actor has joined the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ron Cephas Jones, who can be seen playing Bobby Fish in Marvel and Netflix's Luke Cage, will appear in the Ruben Fleischer-helmed film in an unspecified role.

Despite having a role in Netflix's superhero drama and nearly landing the role of The Wizard in Shazam!, the Emmy nominated actor has yet to appear in a big comic book movie, so this will be a first for Jones.

Venom is currently set to swing into theaters on October 5 and will star the likes of Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.
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VENOM: Total Film Magazine Cover Shows A Little More Of Eddie Brock And The Symbiote

This month's issue of Total Film Magazine will put the spotlight on Venom and the subscriber cover has now been revealed, showing off more of both Eddie Brock and Venom! Hit the jump to take a look...






With X-Men: Dark Phoenix delayed until next year, we won't see another superhero movie in theaters until Venom is released in October. Whether or not that's actually going to be any good remains to be seen, especially as the Marvel Comics adaptation is ditching Spider-Man from Eddie Brock's origin.

Regardless of how faithful it will - or won't - be to the source material, Venom himself looks very cool and that alone might be enough to make the movie worth watching! On the cover of this month's issue of Total Film, we get a new(ish) look at the character as the poster we've already seen is enlarged to show some both Eddie and Venom's body and the sight of the symbiote taking control is very cool.

Are you excited for Venom or do you think it will be a complete waste of time? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section and stay tuned for more from this issue very soon.
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VENOM Smiles For The Camera In An Awesome New Photo From The Upcoming Tom Hardy-Starrer

As we come towards the end of the summer movie season, it's time to look ahead at some of this fall's biggest releases, which, of course, include Tom Hardy's highly-anticipated Spider-Man spinoff, Venom.




The fall movie season is packed to the brim with some of the biggest films of the year, and none bigger than Sony's eagerly-awaited Spider-Man spinoff Venom, which early tracking suggests could break some major box office records come this October.

As part of their fall movie preview, USA Today has shared a wicked new photo from the upcoming movie and also some interesting comments from director Ruben Fleischer, who takes a minute to tease the symbiotic relationship between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and the monster within.

In the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing, he's the real Hyde. He'll rip somebody's head off and eat their brains. There’s this forbidden-fruit quality of this guy who will just do whatever he wants.

One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
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VENOM: Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock Fights Back In This Cool New Image From The Movie





In a brand new image from Venom, Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock finds himself taking on a group of thugs, seemingly with the help of his new alien symbiote. Hit the jump for that and comments from the actor...


Venom is one of the most popular characters in Marvel Comics history, so a movie featuring the Spider-Man baddie is long overdue...it's just a shame that The Webhead himself won't factor into it! Regardless, Tom Hardy is playing Eddie Brock in the movie which reaches theaters in October and now a new image has been released which shows the anti-hero itching for a fight as he finds himself surrounded by Life Foundation goons.


"Tom brings so much complexity, and I would say danger, to the roles and characters he plays," director Ruben Fleischer tells Total Film about casting Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the Marvel Comics adaptation. "Those are two inherent qualities of Eddie Brock and Venom, the complexity and the menace. So getting to watch Tom live between these two characters who are sharing a body and having to navigate these two forces simultaneously was really impressive and fun to watch."


Hardy, meanwhile, had this to say about what attracted him to the dual roles of Eddie and Venom.
"For me, it was the multiple personalities, because to play that, on a kind of epic level, a superhero level, that was the big draw. I was like, ‘This is a great character, because he’s a diverse antihero. He’s not a good guy, and he’s not a bad guy.’ He’s connected to this alien who’s not from this planet. They’ve got to figure out an ethical framework between the two of them, and neither of them are run-of-the-mill types. There’s this kind of Odd Couple [relationship] between the two of them. I enjoyed the Jekyll and Hyde nature of that, in a superhero world."
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The Classic Horror Movie That Influenced Venom’s Director


Eddie Brock and the Symbiote will become one later this year when Ruben Fleischer's Venom premieres in October. There's a lot of anticipation to see what Tom Hardy brings to the role, especially with the promise of an anti-hero story that skews somewhat darker than the average superhero film. In fact, it turns out that Venom draws ample inspiration from the world of horror, as Fleischer recently opened up and admitted that the film takes inspiration from John Landis' An American Werewolf in London. The director explained:

An American Werewolf in London was an influence for the body horror faced by Eddie Brock.

Upon reflection, Ruben Fleischer's remarks to USA Today actually make quite a bit of sense. From what we have been able to glean from the trailers for the upcoming anti-hero adventure, it looks like Eddie Brock is not going to willingly become Venom, with the alien Symbiote infecting him and turning him into the creature. That's not too far off from the plot of John Landis' An American Werewolf in London, which similarly tells the story of an American tourist who gradually transforms into the titular canine monster after being attacked by another werewolf while walking with his friend at night.

With all of that in mind, we should also take the time to note that An American Werewolf in London has become notably infamous for its gruesome transformation sequence -- which was entirely achieved through practical effects. You can check out the legendary scene, below.

Given the fact that Venom has apparently taken inspiration from John Landis' horror classic, we're left to wonder how painful Eddie Brock's transformation into the titular anti-hero may look when all is said and done. There's obviously going to be more CGI in this version of the body horror story, but the promise of something inspired by An American Werewolf in London seems to suggest a very horrific film nonetheless.

Of course, it's also not just a matter of the body horror experienced by Eddie Brock in Venom. There are other similarities to An American Werewolf in London in the mental decline experienced by the main character. The previews have shown Eddie having full conversations with the Symbiote, which very much mirror the conversations that An American Werewolf in London's David Kessler has with his dead friend, Jack Goodman.
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Venom Director Doesn't Know Whether It Will Be R-Rated or PG-13




Venom director Ruben Fleischer says he isn’t sure if the Spider-Man spinoff film will ultimately receive a PG-13 or an R rating. Previous reports have suggested the film may be extreme enough to land the R, but many wonder if Sony will really allow a potential franchise-launching film to carry a rating that will restrict its audience. The film is currently projected to break box office records when it releases in October.

Fans of Venom, the Spider-Man villain known for doing some pretty gory and disgusting things, are certainly hoping the movie lands more in the R area. Starring Tom Hardy, Venom concerns a reporter named Eddie Brock who comes into contact with an alien symbiote that merges with him, giving him superpowers that only work as long as they share the same body. Recent trailers have led to much discussion about the look of Hardy’s character (not to mention Hardy’s vocal delivery), as well as the potential for Venom to deliver an experience that remains true to the violent nature of the comic books.


In a new interview with Total Film Magazine, Venom director Ruben Fleischer indicated that even he isn’t sure right now how the MPAA will rule when it comes to the movie’s rating. The director does indicate however that every attempt was made to ensure this version of Venom sticks to the comic books. Fleischer said:

"We're curious to see where it'll land. But we pushed the envelope as far as we possibly could in terms of just making it the most true to the comics version of the film that we could. He's a character that goes around biting people's heads off and eating brains. So we tried to respect that as much as we could."



Tom Hardy also weighed in on the Venom rating question, saying part of the goal with the movie is to “reach as big an audience as possible.” If Sony’s primary concern is drawing that big audience, including kids too young for a truly disturbing Venom experience, then there’s no question the studio will go for a PG-13 rating. Fleischer’s remarks about the content of Venom also indicate that he only had so much leeway in depicting the gorier aspects of the story.
Given the realities of the current franchise movie landscape, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Sony is likely leaning toward delivering a PG-13-rated Venom. Fox of course did well with its R-rated superhero movies Logan and Deadpool, but it’s important to remember that Logan was a one-off and Deadpool was a dice-roll (that wound up working well for Fox). Considering its track-record with establishing franchises, Sony is probably not in a position to roll the dice with an IP as potentially valuable as Venom.

Of course, one thing that makes Venom potentially valuable is the possibility of Spider-Man himself showing up in a sequel. But for Spider-Man to make an appearance in a future Venom film, Sony will have to play ball with Marvel Studios. The reality for Sony is that they can’t afford to go too dark with Venom, because that would limit the potential for any MCU crossovers. Ultimately, it makes very little sense for Sony to push the envelope with Venom into R-rated territory, even if keeping it PG-13 means alienating a lot of hardcore Venom fans.
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Tom Hardy Is Contracted For Three Venom Movies (For Now)




Venom star Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock and the titular symbiote, is under contract for three movies as the character. Superhero franchises have become the new normal in Hollywood, and part of securing the longevity of a series about a particular hero is locking in the actor for a long-term contract. A three-movie contract is relatively standard, though many stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe signed on to that franchise for upwards of five to seven films or more. Now, with Sony Pictures attempting to launch a superhero universe based on the Marvel Comics characters to which they own the movie rights, it makes sense for the studio to sign their actors to contracts for multiple movies.

Sony will launch their latest Marvel venture later this year with the release of Ruben Fleischer's Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. However, the movie also features actors bringing fellow comic book characters to life, like Michelle Williams as Anne Weying aka. She-Venom and, reportedly, Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady aka. Carnage. After Venom, Sony has a number of other Marvel projects in the works, including Black Cat and Silver Sable movies, Morbius the Living Vampire, and others. Since the studio is launching their own series of superhero movies, it seems they've planned for the longevity of this new franchise.

In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Hardy was asked about future movies focused on Venom following the anti-hero's origin story in this year's film. Although Hardy reveals he's contracted for three movies, he also insists that any follow-ups to Venom will depend on how well the first movie does in terms of response. Hardy said:

I'm open to whatever you want to do with it. We've signed up for three of them. So it's very much an open case. We'll see what people's responses are to it. I think it's an awesome character. I love playing both of them. It's an amuse-bouche, and for Sony, it's the Venom-verse launched in isolation, as it were. We all prepped for it to be a standalone universe. So whatever Sony want to attach to it at a later date, it's a fulcrum piece. But let's see what happens when it lands.




As previously stated, a three-movie contract is fairly regular not only for superhero movies, but any film that's looking to kick off a series. Whether the studio will choose to complete the series and have the actor fulfill their contract, however, is another matter. While it seems every actor in the MCU will eventually fulfill their contracts - and Robert Downey Jr. even re-negotiated his for additional appearances - that isn't always the case. The cast of 20th Century Fox's 2005 Fantastic Four movie was contracted for three movies, but the studio ended up deciding to conclude the series after two. So just because Hardy is contracted for three Venom movies doesn't necessarily mean Sony will actually make three (or more) Venom movies.
Still, the buzz surrounding the film is god so far, with fans reacting positively to the trailers for Venom and additional looks at Hardy as Eddie Brock. Plus, Venom director Fleischer already has plans for a sequel, and according to Harrelson, they'll include more of his character. According to reports, Harrelson appears as Cletus Kasady at the end of Venom, setting up Carnage as the main villain for a potential sequel. Whether that turns out to be the case remains to be seen. But although Venom is set to tell the titular anti-hero's origin story, there seems to be plenty in the film that can be mined for future movies.

It's unclear yet if Venom will receive a sequel, but with Hardy contracted for additional movies, it seems Sony is planning for many more adventures of the fan-favorite Marvel anti-hero. Perhaps one day he'll even crossover with the MCU for a fight against Tom Holland's Spider-Man.
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Venom: Michelle Williams Wants a She-Venom Movie Spinoff for Anne Weying







Michelle Williams reveals she would like to star in a Venom spinoff movie as She-Venom. This fall, Sony will launch the first in what they hope will be a long line of Marvel-based films, placing the iconic Spider-Man villain front and center on the big screen. While reactions to the marketing materials have been mixed so far, the talented ensemble cast remains an asset for fans to get excited about. In addition to Tom Hardy (who plays Eddie Brock), the film stars the likes of Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams (among others) in key supporting roles.

Landing the 4-time Oscar nominee Williams was a very impressive get for director Ruben Fleischer, since she has largely stayed away from studio franchise fare in her career. She's best known for her turns in smaller, character-driven dramas such as Blue Valentine and Manchester by the Sea. The change-of-pace of portraying Anne Weying seems to have had a positive effect on her, as Williams is hoping she has more to do with her character in future installments.
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In an interview with Total Film (hat tip CBM), Williams briefly touched on the possibility of Anne becoming She-Venom onscreen:

"She-Venom would be a dream come true!"



Fans of the comics know this is the trajectory Anne follows on the page. Brock's ex-wife first appeared as She-Venom in 1995, bonding with the symbiote after an incident with Sin-Eater. Of course, any adaptation takes artistic liberties, but it wouldn't be surprising if the filmmakers eventually wanted to go down this path. Anne's future will depend greatly on how Venom is received both critically and commercially, and if the film is a hit, then followups will surely come. Hardy is contracted for three films, so Sony is definitely banking on this being a tentpole for them for the next handful of years. Their need for Venom to be successful could be why the higher-ups are keen on ensuring Venom is rated PG-13, allowing it to play to a wider audience.

At this stage, Venom appears to be in solid shape. Early box office projections have it pegged to break the all-time October opening weekend record, as it takes advantage of a weakened landscape without much (direct) competition. If that's how things pan out, then Williams will likely get her chance to bring She-Venom to life. Considering it's executed properly, Weying's arc would give the actress a meaty role to explore, as Ann's life went to some dark places once she bonded with the symbiote.
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Venom Didn't Use Motion Capture After All, According To Tom Hardy




Back before we had seen anything from Sony's upcoming
Venom movie, we learned, or at least thought we learned, that the symbiote anti-hero would be brought to life onscreen through the use of CGI with actor Tom Hardy performing motion capture. This made sense, as no amount of makeup or costuming could do the character justice, and motion/performance capture is increasingly used for bringing these kinds of otherworldly characters to life in blockbuster movies. However, it now turns out that although Venom is still being brought to life through CGI, Tom Hardy did not do any motion capture for the role, as he explained:

It wasn't motion-capture, because the eyeballs on the creature, on Venom, and the mouth, they don't match with my eyeballs and mouth. So the mo-cap treatment went out of the window pretty quickly... Facially, your eyes and teeth and tongue are not going to match with this. And you need a 7ft tall basketball player in a Lycra suit for the physical shots.

It sounds like practical and logistical considerations ruled out the use of motion capture more than anything else. Unlike a character like Thanos, Venom's facial features are far from human, and as Tom Hardy told Total Film (via ScreenRant), because his eyes and mouth wouldn't match up with the symbiote's, that meant that performance capture wouldn't work. On the motion capture front, to convey Venom's movements, Tom Hardy doesn't have the height or the build, so that too was eschewed. The fact that Tom Hardy didn't perform motion capture for Venom would seem to indicate that the digital animators created all of the character's movements and expressions. That is unless they really did recruit a really tall person for the movements.
This is interesting because motion and performance capture are common in blockbusters, especially superhero movies. In Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year, we saw Josh Brolin's Thanos, for whom he performed motion and performance capture. Obviously Josh Brolin doesn't have Thanos' height, but they still chose to do motion capture. And as far as not matching up to the character, Benedict Cumberbatch did motion capture for Smaug in The Hobbit, so it makes you wonder about what the differences are and the technical aspects that inform these decisions.

I guess it comes down to a question of how much motion and performance capture are really translating the actor's performance when the actor and the character are so different. If so much has to be filled in and changed that the actor's performance is barely there anymore, perhaps it makes sense to just not bother altogether. Part of what is exciting though about a Tom Hardy Venom is the actor's physicality that he brings to the role. So hopefully that still comes through in the film. If nothing else, Tom Hardy will be providing the voice for the character.

Fortunately we don't have to wait too much longer to see how this second attempt at a big screen Venom turns out. Venom, which will probably by PG-13, not rated R, is on track for a big opening when it premieres in theaters on October 5. For all the biggest movies opening the rest of this year, check out our release guide.
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VENOM Director Ruben Fleischer Weighs In On That Controversial Venom-Less Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Venom didn't receive a particularly positive response from fans, especially as there was no sign of the titular character. Now, the movie's director has addressed that...


The marketing campaign for Venom has been pretty strong but it didn't exactly start out that way. The movie's teaser trailer didn't feature a single shot of the symbiote and made it look like a generic action thriller which many fans dubbed Tom Hardy: The Movie. Thankfully, the second and third sneak peeks were a vast improvement and seeing Venom in action has proved to be a pretty awesome treat!

Now, director Ruben Fleischer has weighed in on that teaser and while he acknowledges that it left fans feeling pissed, he also points out that it may have been a smart move that generated excitement.

"I'm really pleased with the way the marketing for this film has gone. I think the trailer guys have done a great job of building anticipation. The first trailer was truly a teaser. I think it did tease everybody. That's why people were pissed, because they wanted more. The truth is, the VFX weren't ready, so that's the main thing. But I also think it's good to leave them wanting more. Isn't that the first rule of entertainment, that you leave them wanting more?
"Hopefully people will be excited they get to see him in all his glory, and won't be disappointed by it. But they've also been, you know, really eager to see it. It's a sign of excitement that the marketing department has been able to build through the process. If they'd given everything away at first blush, I'm not sure that people would still be invested."

It's an interesting point and one which does make sense...to some extent. While the VFX not being finished is obviously problematic, a single shot of Venom would have generated a lot more positivity and an argument can be made that the teaser only served to create the negative feelings which still surrounds the movie. Still, with over a month to go, here's hoping Sony can now turn things around.
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VENOM: First TV Spot Sees Carlton Drake On The Hunt For Eddie Brock's Symbiote


The first TV spot for Venom has been released today and while it's mostly made up of previously seen footage, there's some awesome new shots in here as Carlton Drake attempts to hunt down the symbiote...


Venom is rapidly approaching and it's going to be interesting seeing how Sony Pictures markets the movie over the next six weeks or so, especially as so many fans are sceptical about just how good the movie is going to be. Now, the first TV spot has been revealed and while it mostly consists of previously seen footage, there are some new shots in here, including Carlton Drake targeting poor Eddie Brock.

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It's interesting to hear Drake refer to the symbiote as "my creature" and seeing how those are portrayed in this movie is perhaps that most intriguing aspect of Venom given that we know a number of them will be showing up here, including Riot. There's still no word on Carnage but common sense says he'll be teased right at the very end, a risky move seeing as we don't know if a sequel will happen.
Early box office projections are looking pretty good, though, so time will tell on that front. For now, Sony will want to get its Spider-Verse off to a good start, especially as there's so much on the line...
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'Venom' Director Says Film's Level Of Violence Will Be Pushed To The Hilt



The violence in Sony's Venom movie will set it apart from other super hero movies according to director Ruben Fleischer.


While the film is just over a month from release and does not yet have an official MPAA rating, Fleischer's recent comments might just hint towards one which allows for more grotesque freedoms. Fleischer said the violence in his upcoming film will be "pushed to the hilt," meaning it will be supplied to the maximum degree.


“I feel like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different,” Fleischer told LA Times. “Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.”


Speaking to ComicBook.com at San Diego Comic Con, Fleischer teased more specifically what some of the differences between Venom and the other super hero properties will be. Given Venom's terrifying nature in comics, the movie aims to be consistent with the Marvel pages.


"That's the plan," Fleischer said. "It is not the plan, that's the movie. Our movie wants to honor the comics as close as we can tonally. In the comics, he bites people's heads off and eats brains. It would be weird to make a movie with Venom if he wasn't doing that. We tried to honor it as closely as possible. This is definitely a darker, more violent, more vicious Marvel character than I think anyone's ever seen before."


In the end, it was important to honor the comics while crafting a story which will keep moviegoers guessing. "We really want to honor the comics and the character from the comics and I feel like we did a really good job," Fleischer said.


It was also important to Venom star Tom Hardy.




"Venom is, by far, for me the...coolest Marvel super hero that there is," Hardy said during the movie's Hall H panel. "I just like the way he looks first and foremost. Then, also, there's my son and he's a massive Venom fan. He was a very strong influence on me as to why I ought to play Venom specifically...So I did something where I bite people's heads off which my son can't see."
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VENOM Director Ruben Fleischer Remains Coy When Asked Whether Spider-Man Is In The Movie

While rumors have suggested for months that Spider-Man is going to appear in Venom, the studio has given us very little reason to believe that that is indeed the case, remaining relatively coy when asked.




Thanks to the trailers, we already know that Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) will obtain the symbiote in Venom without an inadvertant assist from Spider-Man, which does seemingly indicate that Spidey won't factor into the movie at all... unless, of course, Sony has been hiding one of the biggest cameos of the year.

Over the past year, there's been very little reason to believe that Spider-Man (Tom Holland) will appear in the movie, especially after what happened to him in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. However, that hasn't necessarily stopped the rumor mill from churning as some, including the late Jon Schnepp, have previously stated that Holland did indeed shoot something for the movie. A follow-up story revealed additional details, including that Holland had shot for two days and would only appear as Peter Parker, not as Spider-Man.

Director Ruben Fleischer recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times to offer his thoughts on the rampant fan speculation about whether Spider-Man is or isn't in the movie and in lieu of tipping his hand too much, he replied coyly, “I honestly don’t know what I’m allowed to say. I mean, I know the answer — I’ve seen the movie. But I don’t want to get in trouble for saying something I’m not supposed to.

Sony, which owns the licensing rights to nearly 900 Marvel characters, has lofty plans for their own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and are already planning films for Spidey-universe characters like Black Cat, Silver Sable, Morbius, and Kraven. However, building a Spider-Man cinematic universe without Spider-Man actively involved is going to be easier said than done.

Fleischer also spoke on the tone of his upcoming film, which he hopes will capture the feel of something more in tune with the world we live in. “I feel like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different. Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.

He continued to tease Eddie Brock's bond with the symbiote and how the two will play off one another whilte working to bring down Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) and his rumored army of symbiotes. “The symbiote bonds early on with Eddie and it’s kind of like ‘The Odd Couple,’ but instead of sharing an apartment, they share a body. The fun of the movie is the dynamic between them, with Eddie trying to rein in this basically unbridled id and find a balance with him. That theme of duality and trying to control your id — I think that’s what Tom and I responded to in terms of why this character is unique and special.” Fleischer also had plenty of praise for his Academy Award-nominated leading man, “I think Tom is going to surprise a lot of people with his performance in this movie. It’s just a little different than we’re used to seeing him. There’s no mask in front of his face. He’s not playing a period. He’s just playing a contemporary guy. I think it’s just a little more of Tom than people have seen in a little bit.
One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
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New 'Venom' TV Spot Released


As of this week, the theatrical release of Sony and Marvel's Venom is merely a month away, which means that we are about to be flooded with various teasers, ads, and TV spots for the Spider-Man spinoff film.

Sony unveiled one such TV spot this morning, and it highlights some of Venom's more dangerous skills.

The ad begins with a bit of Eddie's story, as the main character/reporter (Tom Hardy) investigates something "very bad." Without going into much detail about how he gets bonded with the Symbiote, Eddie is suddenly seen in a panic. He says that he is hearing some kind of a voice in his head, which we all know is the Symbiote that has now taken residence in his body.

Throughout the rest of the TV spot, Eddie and the Symbiote show off all sorts of powers, all of which we've seen in other trailers before.

At first, Venom is just extending Eddie's limbs to attack various enemies. However, the Symbiote soon uses one of these extended extremities to grow a separate head from Eddie's arm, allowing the two of them to speak face-to-face. The Symbiote tells Eddie that he will "find out" what the plan is for him, teasing that there is more to the alien life form than meets the eye.

The TV spot ends with the popular "We are Venom" moment from the latest trailer that fans have enjoyed so much. A man, firmly in the grasp of Venom's hand, asks what it is. Half of Venom's face peels back, revealing Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock. Together, both Eddie and the Symbiote look the man in the eye and say "We are Venom."

You can check out the new TV spot in its entirety in the video at the top of the page!

Are you excited for Venom to finally hit theaters? What are you most looking forward to about the movie? Let us know in the comments!
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'Venom' Cooperate To Survive TV Spot Released

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With a month to go before Spider-Man's fiercest foe swings into theaters in his own solo movie, Sony Pictures is starting to heavily promote Tom Hardy's star turn in Venom.
A brand new TV spot for the Marvel movie just hit, bringing fans another look at the symbiotic in action. Take a look at the "Cooperate To Survive" spot the video above!


It's apparent that Venom will be unlike Sony's other Spider-Man movies thus far, possibly going for a grittier and more violent take on the genre more akin with Fox's recent X-Men movies, including Logan and Deadpool.
Director Ruben Fleischer spoke about pushing the film to the limits, embracing the darkness of Eddie Brock's character.

"I feel like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different,” Fleischer said to the LA Times. “Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.”
ComicBook.com previously spoke to Fleischer about the film, reiterating that the film would be more violent than other superhero movies.


"Our movie wants to honor the comics as close as we can tonally. In the comics, he bites people's heads off and eats brains," Fleischer told us at San Diego Comic-Con. "It would be weird to make a movie with Venom if he wasn't doing that. We tried to honor it as closely as possible. This is definitely a darker, more violent, more vicious Marvel character than I think anyone's ever seen before."
Given how dark and violent it's going to be, don't plan on seeing the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in the movie. A recent rumor indicated that the Web Slinger would be sitting this film out, but that it's possible for an appearance in a future installment should this film do well.

“I honestly don’t know what I’m allowed to say,” Fleischer said. “I mean, I know the answer — I’ve seen the movie. But I don’t want to get in trouble for saying something I’m not supposed to.”
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VENOM Looks To Gobble Up $65 Million Plus Over The Course Of Its Opening Weekend




The latest box office tracking for Sony Pictures' Venom indicates that the unofficial Spider-Manspin-off could take in over $65 million in North America when it hits theaters on October 5. Check it out...


As Sony prepares to enter into its final marketing push for Venom, the latest industry estimates point to the first solo big-screen outing for the psychotic symbiote taking in between $60 - $70 million over the course of its opening weekend in North America.

Early opening weekend forecasts indicated that the movie could be looking at $65 – $85 million, but studio insiders are being more cautious.

Still, even if Venom manages to climb higher than the $50 million mark it has a very good shot at breaking the October opening weekend record currently held by Gravity($55.8 million).

Either way, these projections would seem to suggest that general audiences have been more responsive to the trailers than a good portion of the fan community.
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