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First 'Venom' TV Spot With Eminem Song Released

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Venom is starting to roll out more footage thanks to new TV spots, and they're kicking things off with a bit of Eminem.
Eminem will be featured on the soundtrack and holds the title track 'Venom', and you can snippets of the song in the newest TV spot. There doesn't seem to be much new footage, but the track does fit the footage quite well. You can check out the new TV spot in the video above.

Fans can listen to the track in full on Eminem's new album Kamikaze, which was noteworthy for quite a few reasons. Any surprise album from an artist of Eminem's magnitude would be noteworthy, but he came out swinging throughout the entire album, airing out his grievances with a variety of names on the surprise set.

That included Charlamagne tha God, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Machine Gun Kelly, and more, and those bars drew a number of responses from fans, as well as responses from MGK (Rap Devil) and a prolonged response from Budden on the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast. We'll have to wait and see if Eminem decides to respond to either one.

As you can see in the TV spot, the symbiote is going to be just as up for a fight, though there's really only one name we want to hear him call out before the credits roll. That would be Spider-Man of course, and while there has been mixed information out there about whether or not he will actually appear, we've got our fingers crossed it will somehow happen.

It is the goal of Venom director Ruben Fleischer to stay relatively close to the comics that the character originates from.

"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."

Venom stars Tom Hardy (Venom/Eddie Brock), Michelle Williams (Anne Weying), Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Lee (Donna Diego), Riz Ahmed (Dr. Carlton Drake), Sope Aluko (Dr. Rosie Collins), and Reid Scott.
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Venom’ Movie Rating and Runtime Revealed







With tickets for director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom now on sale, the runtime and the rating for the film has been revealed and it’s 1 hr 52 minutes… and PG-13 – which should surprise no one. If Sony was going to pursue the R-rating for the anti-hero, they would have announced it when the film was being shot, the same way Deadpool did during production. Even though some held out hope we’d get a super violent and dark Venom movie for adults, I never believed that was happening for two reasons: Spider-Man and Marvel.
While Venom is going to exist outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay there forever. At some point, the Sony/Marvel deal that allows Spider-Man and the other members of the MCU to interact in each other’s movies might go away. If that were to happen, Sony would absolutely feature Venom and Spider-Man in a movie together and they’d make it happen as soon as a script was written.
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The other reason to keep Venom PG-13 is to allow the option of bringing him into the MCU. While I haven’t heard Marvel wants that to happen, for Sony, why limit your options? The fact is you can’t create an ultra-violent, R-rated Venom and then bring him into the MCU alongside, say, Ant-Man or the other Marvel characters. Making that kind of Venom movie limits your options down the road, and when you think long term, PG-13 is the only option for the studio. In addition, with Venom being PG-13, it’s a safe bet that every other film in the Spider-Man cinematic universe is also aiming for the kid-friendly rating.
While I’m sure this PG-13 rating is going to get plenty of Marvel fans debating what it means, I don’t think the rating really matters. I’ve seen plenty of PG-13 films that push the boundaries of what they can get away with on screen (The Dark Knight pencil scene, for example,) and I’ve also seen a ton of R-rated movies that should have been PG-13 (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and every movie with just two curse words). All I care about is if Venom is any good. Because if the movie kicks ass, the only thing people will be talking about on October 5th is when Sony will release the sequel.
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Written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel and Will Beal, Venomopens October 5th and also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
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Venom Movie Director Won’t Rule Out Unrated Cut For Home Release



Ruben Fleischer, director on the highly anticipated Venom movie, will not rule out releasing an unrated edition of the film for home video viewing. This statement comes in the wake of the announcement that Venom's theatrical release was given a PG-13 rating in the United States, after intense pressure from Sony for a lower rating. This flew in the face of Fleischer's intentions of creating a "darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element."

Known as the Lethal Protector in the world of Marvel Comics, Venom is a far more disturbing character than one would expect to come out of the relatively wholesome Spider-Man comics. Venom was formed when an alien symbiote once bonded to and rejected by Spider-Man attached itself to Eddie Brock - a reporter who was disgraced when his report on the identity of a wanted serial killer was proven false after Spider-Man captured the real criminal. Armed with the symbiote's knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity and the ability to shape-shift and replicate all of Spider-Man's powers, Brock attempted to kill Peter Parker in order to avenge himself and the symbiote. Later, Brock's better nature was able to assert control of his other half and he turned toward using his powers to protect the innocent, though he still harbored a grudge against Spider-Man and was not above killing the criminals he fought.

Fleischer discussed the possibility of an unrated edition of Venom being released for home viewing during an interview with Fandango. Fleischer also spoke about his love of the character, Venom's history in the comics and how rapper Eminem (reportedly a big fan of the Lethal Protector) had approached Sony about providing a song for the movie's soundtrack. Fleischer said of the unrated cut: "I wouldn't rule anything out. We'll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn't rule anything out."



Releasing an unrated cut of Venom would seem to be a wise course of action for Sony. The announcement that the theatrical cut of the movie had earned a PG-13 rating angered many fans of the character from the comics, who were not pleased by the muted version of the character that appeared in Spider-Man 3. They had hoped that the new Venom movie would be closer in tone to the original comics, with Venom portrayed in all of his spleen-eating glory. In fact, some fans are now swearing off seeing the highly anticipated film because of its more family-friendly rating.

While it is only natural for Sony to want to make the film as widely available as possible to reach a larger audience, the character of Venom demands the same mature treatment that Deadpool and Wolverine saw in Deadpool 2 and Logan. The decision to push for a PG-13 rating seems completely counterintuitive to Fleischer's stated intention of creating a Venom movie that truly explores the body-horror elements inherent to the character concept. Hopefully Fleischer's original vision will be available for viewing, if only because of Sony's desire to profit as much as possible from their latest franchise.
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Venom Movie is Getting a Comic Book Prequel


The highly anticipated Venom movie will be getting a prequel in the form of a comic book. The movie is not due to be released for several more weeks, but the comic should offer eager fans a chance to see the Lethal Protector in action before he hits the big screen. It will also offer comic book readers a chance to compare how the film version of Venom matches up to the original in his native medium.
Loosely based upon the popular Spider-Man villain, Venom centers upon reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), whose investigation into the sinister Life Foundation leads to more than he bargained for. The foundation's research into alien life forms called symbiotes releases a threat that could spell doom for all of humanity. Brock unwittingly finds himself bound to one of the symbiotes, to create the gestalt entity known as Venom.
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IGN reported on the new prequel comic, which is scheduled for digital release at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on Friday, September 14, exclusively on the Marvel.com website. A collectible print edition of the comic will also be given away at select AMC Theater locations, while supplies last, on the movie's opening weekend.



Nothing has been said of the story of the new comic, beyond it setting up the events of the movie and being simply titled "Venom." The story was written by author Sean Ryan, who previously worked on the Nova and Prowler monthly solo comics as well as an Avengers anti-bullying special. The artwork is provided by artist Szymon Kudranski (Spawn, Detective Comics), colorist Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel, Silk) and letterer Joe Sabino. The cover art, as seen above, was by SKAN.

This new comic is only the latest in a series of books Marvel has published to promote the upcoming movie. The company also recently released Venom: First Host - a mini-series which reveals the hereto unknown history of the first being to bond with the symbiote that later became one-half of Venom and its surprising connection to the Kree-Skrull War that will lie at the center of the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Another special mini-series, Web of Venom: Ve'Nam, reveals how long before Peter Parker discovered the symbiote on an alien world, it traveled to earth and briefly bonded with Wolverine.

This sort of cross-promotion is par for the course whenever a comic book movie is released. Marvel can be forgiven for being a little overzealous in their efforts to feed the hype. Given that Venom is expected to shatter the records for an October film release, it is only natural that the publisher would like to turn some of those movie-goers into comic collectors.
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Venom' Director Teases Post-Credits Scene



As Venom enters the final stretch to its theatrical premiere, we're getting more and more insights about the film from it's cast and crew — including our first indications of whether or not Venom will follow the Marvel movie trend of including a post-credits scene.

Venom director Ruben Fleischer was recently doing an interview with Fandango, where he was asked directly whether or not his Spider-Man spinoff film has a post-credits scene.

"I think it would be a mistake of any superhero movie not to stay through the credits," Fleischer said.

That little tease will get fans' imaginations working overtime, trying to guess what Venom's post-credits button scene could be. If we had to guess, there are two likely scenarios for how the Venom post-credits scene could set up the next chapter of the franchise:

Rise of Carnage - Woody Harrelson has a small role in Venom - one that he's already teased could get a lot bigger in a sequel. Fans have long suspected that he's playing convicted serial killer Cletus Kasady, and a post-credits scene could definitely tease the iconic moment where Kasady gets his own symbiote suit, and becomes the super-powered killer known as Carnage.

Does Whatever a Spider Can - As we've seen in photos and trailers, the movie version of Venom won't be sporting the iconic Spider-Man logo on his chest. However, this being an origin story, Venom could end up choosing a the anti-hero path by the end of the film, and one fun way to get a "Spider-Man cameo" into the film would be having Eddie Brock / Venom seeing Spider-Man footage and deciding to emulate the Wall-Crawler by finally manifesting the trademark Venom logo.

Paging Mr. Parker - While we've been assured that Spider-Man has no role in Venom, it would be a thrilling surprise for fans to have Tom Holland's Peter Parker show up in a post-credits scene. Venom takes place in San Francisco and not NYC, but if news of a Spider-like creature on the West Coast reaches Peter, he would obviously take a keen interest that could play out in a sequel film.

Those are just speculation - but we think any one of them would be a thrilling way for Venom to end. What are your thoughts? Is there something juicy to reveal in a post-credits scene? Or does Venom has a ways to go towards establishing that kind of larger universe setup? Let us know in the comments.
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Read The New VENOM Prequel Comic And A Breakdown Of Everything It Reveals About The Movie - SPOILERS

Sony has released a new "prequel" comic book for Venom and while it doesn't exactly take place before the movie takes place, it does reveal plenty of major surprises about the upcoming PG-13 release...




Earlier today, we told you that Sony is releasing a prequel comic for Venom and, well, it's not actually a prequel as such! Instead, it features a couple of different scenes from the movie as Eddie Brock learns more about the Life Foundation and is then introduced to the Symbiote - and its powers - for the first time. The kicker here is that there are actually some big reveals about the movie's story included.

For starters, it's now clear to see that Venom is heavily inspired by the Planet of the Symbiotes, while the dynamic between Eddie and his alien visitor is a lot different to what we all probably expected.

What you see here might not be enough to convert you on the movie but it might restore some faith in the Spider-Man-less, non-R-Rated Marvel Comics adventure. To check out this breakdown of the comic book and to read it for yourselves, all you guys have to is click on the "View List" button below.



We saw this scene in the trailer and the comic confirms that Jenny Slate is playing a newly created character called Dora Skirth. As you can see, she's turned on the Life Foundation and Carlton Drake.



Well, this is a rather random jump forward in time! By this point, Eddie Brock has already bonded with the Symbiote and is clearly struggling to come to terms with the unexpected guest in his body.



This sequence gives us a much better idea of how Eddie and Venom will interact and it appears as if the Symbiote has quite a different personality to the somewhat shy and surprisingly cowardly journalist.



Venom can take full control of Eddie whether he likes it or not and it's made clear here that the Symbiote enjoys biting heads off...and neatly arranging them almost immediately after? Okay, then.



There are two interesting reveals here; first of all, the Symbiote is being referred to as a "Bug" and secondly, it's confirmed that if Eddie is shot and killed, Venom will then eject itself from his body.



Well, hot damn. Say what you will about Venom not including Spider-Man but it appears to be embracing the source material in a big way as it's revealed here that the Symbiotes hail from Klyntar.



Another way the movie is embracing the source material is the fact that Venom is vulnerable to fire. Some fans queried whether or not that would be the case after seeing the last trailer for the movie.



Venom is clearly a badass and while Eddie Brock comes across as something of a wimp, you have to hope that will change as the movie progresses and we get something closer to the comic books.



Just as we saw in the trailer, the Symbiote appears to be capable of healing Eddie's wounds and this Life Foundation thug is clearly going to regret chasing these two down as is evident from the final page.



And this brings us to that infamous "pancreas" line in the comics. I know this is random but take a look at Venom's feet; they're more like claws as opposed to what we often see in the source material.



Does this "prequel" comic book have you more excited for Venom or are you still very much on the fence? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts on that in the comments section below.
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How the Venom Movie Changes The Character’s Comic Book Origin





Sony is going to change Venom's origin from the comic books. After attempting to launch a cinematic universe before, Sony's hopes now turn to Tom Hardy and Marvel's fan-favorite Spidey anti-hero Venom. Hardy stars in the upcoming release as Eddie Brock, who becomes the host for the Venom symbiote. In the comics, Venom's origin is heavily connected to Spider-Man and his own use of the symbiote. For the actual Venom movie, though, that won't be the case.

Despite Sony working with Marvel to get Tom Holland's Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, no such partnership is happening with Venom. This has raised plenty of questions over how the film will bring Venom to life properly without the wall-crawler, even though rumors continue to say Holland may have a cameo. Now, the team behind Venom is opening up on how they're going to make this iteration new and without Spider-Man.


IGN spoke to Venom's VFX supervisor Paul Franklin on the set of the movie and discussed this new vision. Franklin wouldn't get too deep into specifics on what they are changing, but he did tease the general guide to how they are approaching Venom and his story. Additionally, Sony released a new international poster for Venom, which can be seen below Franklin's explanation.

"We show how the Venom symbiote came to Earth, how Eddie Brock got to meet the symbiote, how it bonded with him, and then ultimately became the Venom character that we all know from the comics."



Fans of Venom from the comics shouldn't be surprised at this stage that Venom won't be an accurate representation of his classic origin. The movie is still keeping the outer space nature of the symbiote, but it won't be brought to Earth by Spider-Man this time. This will inherently change what brings Eddie Brock into contact with the symbiote and how they bond together. Although Franklin teases Venom becoming a comic-faithful interpretation, that will have to come through his characteristics - as he won't have the white Spider-Man logo on his chest, as people can see in the poster. But, for fans wanting some comic-accurate Venom merchandise, Hasbro has them covered with these new figures (not based on the movie).



Hasbro previously unveiled a few of these Venom figures, but there's still new details from the photos above. The Venom and Carnage figures have been revealed to have secondary heads that unmask the hosts. There's also a monster Venom figure - one for Poison, and Scream. These aren't based on the Venom movie and thus shouldn't be viewed as confirmation that any of these characters will appear in the upcoming blockbuster or look this way. That said, Carnage is rumored to be included and Scream is part of the Lethal Protector comic-run that Venom is taking inspiration from, so maybe both will appear in some form.
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VENOM Featurette Explores Tom Hardy's Dual Performance And Reveals New Behind The Scenes Footage

Sony has released the first featurette for Venom and it sheds some light on what we should expect from Tom Hardy's performances as both Eddie Brock and the Symbiote. Hit the jump to check it out...


While a lot of fans are understandably skeptical about Venom, there's no denying that seeing Tom Hardy play these characters promises to be a great deal of fun. I say "characters" because his performances as Eddie Brock and Venom looks set to be very different indeed. Now, a new featurette has been released shedding some light on that and featuring new behind the scenes footage.

"Tom voices the character at all times, and that vocal performance is so rich and so characterful that we have plenty to start working with straightaway," explained VFX supervisor Paul Franklin when IGN visited the set of the Marvel Comics adaptation in San Francisco. "So we’re capturing Tom’s physical performance, and that, in turn, is also informing what’s going on with the digital character."

Oliver Scholl, Venom's production designer, adds: "[Tom is] trying out different versions of what he could be saying, thinking, how the interaction would be. Interaction is the wrong word, because he’s interacting with himself. [It’s] Tom finding Venom, or trying to find him inside him, like, bringing him out and playing this schizophrenic personality, and I think it’s a very different tone." Sounds decent!


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How Spider-Man Can Be Brought Into The Venom Universe




The new Venom movie finds itself in an odd place, because while the title character's origin has always been linked directly to Spider-Man in the comics, that won't be the case in the film. From what we've learned, the reasoning is that while Spider-Man: Homecoming was technically a Sony production, the character exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Venom does not. However, recently it was implied that one of the reasons that Venom obtained a PG-13 rating was so that it would be easier to make a future clash between these two characters work for a broader audience. So how exactly is Spider-Man going to become part of the same universe as Venom?

The thing is, getting your movie rated PG-13 rather than R in order to open the way for a hypothetical on-screen fight when nobody has actually figured out how it would work seems more than a little crazy. Does that mean that there's already a plan to bring Spider-Man into this film universe?
There are, of course, a few different ways that something like this could work. The most obvious is to just cast another actor as Spider-Man. While this would make for two actors playing the same role more or less concurrently, assuming that by the time the "Venom-verse" Spider-Man arrives Tom Holland is still actively playing the role in the MCU, and technically they'd both be Sony characters, but if Sony can't use Holland as Spider-Man, the studio would have little choice but to pick someone else.

One would think that the option Sony would most prefer is to actually get Tom Holland to play Spider-Man for these movies as well, but that seems like the longest of longshots. Holland playing the part would essentially turn Venom and any other associated movies into part of the MCU, and if that agreement hasn't been made already (and it hasn't), then there's really no way anybody will get Marvel on board with the idea after the fact. One assumes that whatever deal Sony and Marvel have over Spider-Man is written in such a way that Holland can't be cast to play Spider-Man in a non-MCU movie, as such a thing would just be confusing as hell.

Although there are a few outside-the-box ideas that could also be used to bring Spider-Man into the Venom universe. Does anybody know if Andrew Garfield would come back and play Spider-Man again? The Amazing Spider-Man movies never introduced Venom as a character so maybe Venom is taking place inside that universe. It would have the benefit of already having fans familiar with it, and would keep there from having to be yet another Spider-Man in movies for fans to have to get behind.

There is another possibility because there is yet another Spider-Man poised to hit the screen. A couple months after Venom were getting the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Perhaps the world of the Venom movie will be one of those that we see in the new film. That world's Spider-Man could even be introduced in the animated film, even only briefly, to help set up the fight down the line.
However, bringing up Into the Spider-verse does add another way that Spider-Man can be brought into the Venom universe in a way that might be the least confusing for fans. Don't use Peter Parker. The main character of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse will actually by Miles Morales, and perhaps it's time to finally cast a live-action version of Miles Morales as well. By not making this Spider-Man Peter Parker, you make it clear to everybody that we're dealing with a separate universe than any that came before. It's also the best way to do it if we really are going to have two different live-action Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) on screens at the same time.

At this point, we don't know what Sony's plan is, or if it even has a plan, so we'll have to wait and see which way it goes with this idea. Assuming it even makes it that far. The first thing that has to happen is Venom has to do well at the box office this October.
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New VENOM Featurettes Show Riot In Action And Reveal Why The Symbiotes Have Come To Earth

One featurette for Venom shows Eddie Brock doing battle with Riot, while another finally sheds some light on what it is that brings the symbiotes to Earth! Hit the jump to take a look but spoilers follow!

Venom is rapidly approaching and some new details about the movie are finding their way online as a result. Firstly, we have another featurette for the Marvel Comics adaptation which shows off a few seconds of Venom doing battle with Riot and the latter is definitely utilising some tricks most closely associated with Carnage. Could it be that Riot bonds with Cletus Kasady to become the iconic villain?
Time will tell but what's even more interesting are the details about how the Symbiotes come to Earth in the first place. Apparently, the Life Foundation has sent a space probe out to search for, well, life and that comes across a comet which is covered in the aliens. They're then collected and brought to our planet and it turns out that they've been searching for years to find somewhere with suitable hosts.
It's actually been reported on numerous occasions that Venom is partly based on the "Planet of the Symbiotes" comic book storyline so the inspiration here is clear to see. Check out the videos below and be sure to share your thoughts about these big new reveals in the comments section down below.

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Venom's Tie-In Comic Reveals Surprising Movie Secrets



Marvel has published a digital tie-in comic for Sony's Venom, and it gives an unprecedented look at the film's first act. Marvel has a long history of publishing tie-in comics for the latest superhero movies, but they don't always leave fans with much.

Especially when it comes to the MCU, the results are disappointing. There have been a whole slew of official "Prelude" comics setting the stage for upcoming blockbusters, and while some have been effective companions - before the release of Doctor Strange, one issue fleshed out the villain Kaecilius far better than the film itself - most are simple retreads of previous movies.

The Venom digital comic is very different. Published on the Marvel.com website, with collectible print editions to be distributed at select AMC Theater locations over the opening weekend, it's essentially a comic book adaptation of an upcoming film. It blows the lid on Venom's first act, revealing an incredible amount about the movie - from its theme and tone, to some of the comic-book-accurate concepts in play. Probably no comic book tie-in has ever revealed more about a film. So let's run through everything we learned in this digital issue.

WHY EDDIE BROCK'S JOURNALISM CAREER FALLS FLAT

When Sony released the first Venom image back in January, it seemed to suggest that Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) was an investigative journalist who'd turned his eye to a secretive, sinister company known as the Life Foundation. Brock believed they were conducting illegal experimental tests upon the most vulnerable in society, and was determined to challenge them about that. This was confirmed in the Venom trailers, which showed Brock confronting CEO Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) over these rumors and allegations. The interview was cut short, and Brock was tossed out on the street.

The Venom tie-in reveals that this leads to Brock losing his job. He's blown a major interview, and as a result he gets fired; it's possible (although not shown) that Drake exerts some political pressure in order to achieve that. Bitter and frustrated, Brock attempts to deal with the unexpected end of his career. But that's when he's tracked down by a would-be whistle-blower, Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate), who tells him that everything he accused Drake of is true. Although the comic doesn't show it, Brock presumably decided to act on Skirth's information and break into the Life Foundation at night. Naturally, that's when it all goes horribly wrong.
SONY DOESN'T WANT TO SHOW HOW EDDIE BROCK BECOMES VENOM

Although the tie-in comic reveals a lot about Venom's first act, here's the interesting thing; it skips a major part. We know from the trailers that Eddie Brock breaks into the Life Foundation, and that one of the symbiote-infected patients - Scream, an ET who went on a brief rampage in Asia before being captured by the Life Foundation - breaks free. The trailers have shown Scream standing over Eddie's body, reaching towards him - and that's where they've cut off.

It's interesting that both the trailers and the tie-in comic have avoided revealing just how Eddie Brock gets infected by a symbiote. It could play out in a number of different ways; it's possible Scream's symbiote spawns, releasing seeds that influence Brock, or actually jumps from the ET and into Eddie. What's more likely, though, is that the Venom symbiote takes this chance to attack.

Whatever the truth, Sony and Marvel's reticence to reveal this scene is highly suggestive. They seem to believe it's a highlight of the movie, something they don't want to spoil too soon.


EDDIE BECOMES VENOM IN THE FIRST ACT




The tie-in comic jumps forward to a scene where a disoriented Eddie Brock attempts to work out what's going on with his own mind. His battle for self-control is interrupted by Life Foundation goons, and - after a brief-but-humorous scene that gives a sense of the dark comedy we can expect - Brock lashes out with the symbiote. With his pursuers under orders to shoot to kill, Brock steals a motorcycle and we get what will surely be a thrilling chase scene on the big screen. That all comes to an end when Brock is knocked off his bike. He's in a bad way, with bones broken and a likely concussion - and then the symbiote takes over, and Eddie Brock transforms into Venom. That's where the issue ends.

The tie-in makes two things abundantly clear. The first is that the majority of the scenes we've been shown in the trailer have been drawn from Venom's first act. We've seen glimpses of the confrontation in Eddie's room, of the motorcycle chase, and even of Eddie's first transformation into Venom. Sony is notorious for revealing too much about a film in their marketing, but so far Venom's has been a lot more cautious than we'd previously believed.

The second thing, though, is the most exciting. Many Venom fans have worried that the movie would devote most of its time to Eddie Brock, failing to give the tongue-slavering symbiote itself a chance to shine. According to this tie-in, though, Eddie will be transformed into Venom by the end of the first act. We'll have plenty of time to explore the complex, insane character of Venom.

VENOM IS INCREDIBLY COMIC-BOOK-ACCURATE

The tie-in gives us "dialogue" inside Brock's mind, as the symbiote speaks to him. It's unclear how much of that will be recreated on the big screen, and how much was added in order to take advantage of the comic book medium. Whatever the case, the dialogue does strongly imply that this will be an absolutely comic-book-accurate recreation of Venom; there's even a line where the symbiote references its homeworld of Klyntar.
Two details, in particular, stand out. The first is that, just as in the comics, the Venom symbiote has very specific weaknesses - and fire is a key one. When Eddie drives his motorcycle through an inferno - in what's sure to be a spectacular scene in the film - the symbiote's response is simple; "Help! Fire is not our friend!" This could well prove to be an important detail; after all, Venom will find himself fighting against other symbiotes, most notably the main villain Riot. If fire is a weakness, it could be one Eddie will use against his foe.
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The second is the moment when Venom rises to his feet, and grasps the Life Foundation thug in his outstretched arm. The symbiote's dialogue there is chilling; "Time to feeeeeeed." In the comics, Venom is well-known for his deranged threats to consume people, although he's never actually followed up on them. In the film, it seems the symbiotes really do want to eat people alive. No doubt Eddie will find the idea of becoming a cannibal distasteful, and will fight back against the symbiote's control; after all, Venom is a PG-13. This may even lead straight up to another scene from the trailer, where the symbiote throws Eddie against a wall and insists it can do whatever it wants.


Marvel's official tie-in for Venom is a quite remarkable comic. It strongly suggests that Sony is playing a smart game with Venom's marketing, and that the studio has held a lot back. Why has a spacecraft carrying Klyntar crash-landed in Asia? How does Eddie Brock get infected by a symbiote, and what happens to Scream? Even more curiously, what is the motive of the film's main villain, the Riot symbiote? We'll find out in October.
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New 'Venom' Trailer Takes a Bite Out of Crime

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The countdown has begun for Venom to hit theaters, and it looks like Sony's newest TV spot is here to celebrate.
The teaser, which you can check out above, mixes new and old footage, with a few new sequences of the titular symbiote showing his teeth to various foes. It's currently unclear if the film will actually show Venom biting people's heads off, as the film was recently given a PG-13 rating.
"We're curious to see where it'll land," director Ruben Fleischer explained in an interview last month. "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."
Even if Venom isn't able to go all-in when it comes to violence, it sounds like fans can still expect a truly one-of-a-kind comic book movie, which really showcases the struggle between Venom and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy).
"As you know, as a fan of the character, Eddie Brock and Venom is a unique character within the universe because it's not just a singular experience," Fleischer told ComicBook.com earlier this summer. "It's not like there's a guy who gets imbued with powers or makes his own suit and the becomes a vigilante or he's not an alien that comes to earth and has super powers. In our movie, or in the comics, it's about the union of these two different parts to create a whole."
"There's a symbiote and then there's Eddie Brock," Fleischer continued. "There's a relationship. That's what Tom did so amazingly well, was to play these two characters simultaneously. That was, as a director, just exhilarating to watch someone with the capability that he has managed the two characters that he has in his head."
Either way, it sounds like the film definitely won't be for all-ages, something that Hardy is aware of.
"Venom is, by far, for me the...coolest Marvel super hero that there is," Hardy told ComicBook.com. "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 VFX Supervisor Details the Movie’s New Origin for Symbiotes





Venom's VFX supervisor, Paul Franklin, reveals how the symbiotes make their way to Earth. Sony will kick off their own cinematic universe with the upcoming Ruben Fleischer-directed flick starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock aka. Venom. While it's still unclear whether or not the project will feature a cameo by Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Fleischer remains coy about the idea), it already boasts a star-studded cast including Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake, Scott Haze as Roland Treece, and Jenny Slate as Dora Skirth.

With less than a month away from hitting theaters, more details about Venom are starting to emerge including its supposed runtime and rating. Interestingly, instead of an R-rating, which many initially thought it would receive, the film is a PG-13 due to a very specific reason. It turns out that Sony is trying to keep it family-friendly to keep the door open for a possible crossover with MCU's Spider-Man.

IGN spoke with the VFX supervisor during the outlet's visit on the set of Venom and he explained how the film's symbiotes make their way to Earth. As it turns out, the symbiotes weren't just simply collected, rather, they were actively finding a way to be brought to the planet in the hopes of finding hosts.

"We see, at the beginning of the film, the moment when the symbiotes are collected up by a Life Foundation space probe, which finds them on a comet drifting through space, approaching Earth. And the space probe is out there looking for signs of life, and they can’t believe their luck. There’s life signals everywhere, all across this asteroid.

"The symbiotes seem to actively want to be collected. Because it’s all part of their plan to come to Earth. They’re looking for planets where they can find hosts to inhabit. They’ve never really found a place where they can exist in harmony with the life forms of whatever planet they find themselves on."




Franklin continues by saying that the film will feature several kinds of symbiotes (which has been confirmed by a previous trailer). One of which, Riot specifically, is expected to bond with Dr. Carlton Drake by the end of the film. The ruthless symbiote will play the part of the film's main antagonist. Rumor has it that while Venom won't heavily feature Carnage (said to be played by Woody Harrelson), the film will pave the way for his eventual introduction in a possible follow up movie. Cletus Kasady, on the other hand, is tipped to bond with Toxin.

"We see several different symbiotes. We’ve got different colored symbiotes. We understand that Venom isn’t just a one-off organism. This is a completely new thing for the symbiotes. The Venom symbiote finds Eddie Brock, finds he can live in equilibrium with him. That there’s a balance that can be found there."

For a time, it wasn't clear how Sony was planning to pull off a Venom film without any involvement from Peter Parker/Spider-Man, considering that his and Brock's stories are very much intertwined. Now, given Franklin's comments, it's starting to make sense what the overall narrative of the film is, although, it's admittedly still uncertain how it will all pan out. If anything, it seems like they have a good idea with what they want to do in the film, whether or not they'd be able to execute it well is another question, however. Fans would have to find out for themselves when the movie arrives early next month.
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Venom TV Spot Reveals Lots Of New Footage Of The Symbiote


A brand new Venom TV spot offers fans several new looks at the symbiote. Tom Hardy stars as the titular character, Eddie Brock, who accidentally becomes the host of one of the five symbiotes that arrive on Earth thanks to a space probe by Life Foundation. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film boasts a star-studded cast including Michelle Williams (Ann Weying) and Riz Ahmed (Carlton Drake). The project will begin Sony's own cinematic universe focusing on Spider-Man's tie-in characters.

Rather than the nabbing an R-rating, which a lot of people were hoping it would get, Venom is reportedly going to be PG-13 to the dismay of a lot of fans, especially considering what the public has seen from the film's trailers. But rumor has it that Sony wanted the film to remain family-friendly to make a potential crossover with MCU's Peter Parker/Spider-Man doable in the future. While that remains to be up in the air, with no concrete indication that it'll happen moving forward, Venom is being marketed as a standalone movie.

The brand new spot released by Sony (via Jurassic Galaxy) mixes previously seen and fresh footage from Venom. Despite its short 30-second runtime, it revealed several new looks at the symbiote. Fans dig the clip, most of them lauding its CGI. Considering that the film will hit theaters in about two weeks, it's a relief to know that VFX work on the film appears to be already polished. Check out the video below:


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New 'Venom' TV Spot Reveals New Footage of Riot vs. Venom Fight


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Venom's has revealed some exciting footage in its final promotional push before release, and one of the biggest points of intrigue has been the seemingly climatic battle between Eddie Brock's Venom symbiote, and rival symbiote Riot, which takes possession of Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), head of the Life Foundation research center that discovers the symbiotes.
A recent Venom featurette gave fans some new footage of the epic (and horrific) 'Venom vs. Riot' battle - and today we have even more new looks of Riot to share! Take a look for yourself:


As you can see in the footage above, Carlton Drake gets hold of a symbiote suit and his first inclination is to created the most razor-sharp cutting and stabbing tools he possibly can, and go to town on what looks like his own Life Foundation employees. The resulting fight with Venom will likely see Eddie Brock fully embracing his anti-hero status, to stop the threat of Riot before the symbiote runs amok, unrestrained by the kind of twisted ethics that Eddie uses to keep his own demon in check.
The footage of the symbiote vs. symbiote battle has definitely gotten better with time, and it looks like director Ruben Fleischer and his VFX team have brought Marvel's symbiotes to life onscreen in very convincing (if not terrifying) fashion. There is some concern, though, that the promotional footage that keeps being released is spoiling a lot of the best action moments in this somewhat cliched "boss battle" fight - a common misstep made by superhero movie studios in order to drum up audience attendance on opening weekend.

To be fair, that's just speculation based on a limited selection of footage, and right now, there is a lot of hype surrounding Venom - enough that industry analysts are already predicting a record-setting opening weekend for the film. While the final boss battle may fall on the cliched side of things, fans will no doubt get a kick out of seeing a symbiote-on-symbiote battle - something would definitely be a novelty in the genre.
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New 'Venom' Trailer Embraces the Spider-Man Villain's Cannibal Side

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Marvel and Sony Pictures are gearing up for the first Spider-Man spinoff movie focusing on his popular foe, with Tom Hardy playing the title role in Venom.


It appears as though the new movie will be leaning heavily into the symbiote's cannibalistic side, especially judging from this very leading TV spot that was just posted. Check it out above.


Director Ruben Fleischer has teased that Venom will be a very violent superhero movie, and it appears that the anti-hero will be biting off quite a few heads in the new film. When asked if blood and gore were going to be a significant part of the movie's action, Fleischer was forthcoming with ComicBook.com.


"That's the plan," the director said at San Diego Comic-Con. "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."
The violence teased in the trailers is staying true to the character, as Fleischer believes.


"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.


Hardy is also stoked for the violence, promising longtime fans of Venom will be satisfied with the new movie.
"Venom is, by far, for me the...coolest Marvel super hero that there is," Hardy said. "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."
Even though this is a superhero movie, per se, fans shouldn't expect to see a superhero come in to save the day.

"I was really excited about just bringing something new to the genre." Fleischer previously said to EW. "I feel like the tone of our movie is really original and distinctive, which is totally appropriate for the character, as Venom is a darker, more violent, more menacing character. I think our movie feels distinctive from a lot of the other superhero movies, in part because there's no real hero in it."
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'Venom's Riz Ahmed Avoids Carnage Question in New Interview


Venom is still shrouded in a bit of mystery, and it sounds like one of the film's stars is staying mum about one thing.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Riz Ahmed was asked about Venom, in which he plays Life Foundation CEO Carlton Drake. When asked about the possibility of Carlton Drake becoming Carnage - something that fans theorized about early on - Ahmed answered very vaguely.

"I can confirm I’ll be acting in Venom," Ahmed explained with a laugh.

While the trailers have confirmed that Carlton Drake will be taking on the Riot symbiote, it's still unclear exactly how his storyline will play out. Unfortunately, Ahmed gave a similarly vague answer as to whether or not he could have "a bigger role" in the fledgling Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters, whether as Carnage or otherwise.

"You’ll have to ask the guys at Marvel," Ahmed added, also with a laugh.

While fans have speculated about Carnage's arrival almost since Venom was first announced, the cast and crew have kept things relatively close to the chest.

"There are other villains in the movie too — we’re definitely planning a big world with these characters,” director Ruben Fleischer said in a previous interview. “It’ll be really fun for fans to go see the movie and see for themselves.”

One of the largest theories surrounding Carnage has been that the serial killer symbiote could be played by Woody Harrelson, whose comments have certainly supported that possibility.

"I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know?" Harrelson explained in an interview earlier this year. "So I haven’t read that script, but anyways, just rolled the dice."

Ultimately, fans will have to wait and see whether or not Carnage factors into Venom, but they can expect a boundary-pushing thrill ride either way.

"We're curious to see where it'll land," Fleischer explained in an interview last month. "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."
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Does New 'Venom' TV Spot Show the Spider Symbol Forming?

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A new TV spot has been released for Venom -- and one element of it has made Spider-Man fans very intrigued.
The teaser, which you can check out above, showcases a few snippets of new footage, including one where the Venom symbiote roars in front of some sort of failing machinery. The scene features a sort of white glob in Venom's chest, which fans have theorized could be the forming of the Spider-Man symbol.
The Spider-Man symbol, which many regard to be an iconic element of the comics costume, has primarily been missing from Venom promotional material. Footage of the film from San Diego Comic-Con seemed to confirm that it wouldn't be included, but there's a chance that the finished film could ultimately be a different story.
If that really is the Spider-Man symbol forming on Venom's suit, then it could indicate some interesting things for the film. At first, it seemed like Venom's goal was to create a story completely separate from the current Spider-Man mythos.
"I'm a huge fan of comic book movies so I just tried to pick a lane that was true to the character," director Ruben Fleischer told ComicBook.com earlier this summer. "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."
"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."
But even then, the possibility of Spider-Man making an appearance in the film has been rumored quite a bit, with Sony confirming last month that the goal is for an eventual crossover between the two characters.
“I honestly don’t know what I’m allowed to say,” director Ruben Fleischer said of Spider-Man possibly cameoing in the film. “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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A brand-new Venom clip is here, and it’s loaded with action and also Tom Hardy‘s goofy voice. In the clip, Eddie Brock finds himself confronted by a SWAT Team who want him to surrender. He’s not in the mood for that, and instead unleashes Venom in all his CGI glory. A severe ass-kicking follows. Watch the Venom clip below!

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This Venom clip works fairly well. For one thing, the action on display here, while CGI-enhanced, is clear and exciting. There’s no blurry, shaky, visually confusing . moments – just scenes of Venom whipping around, beating the crap out of some dudes. And if that’s all you’re looking for in a Venom movie, you might end up loving this. I’m still not so sure about Tom Hardy’s voice, and the moment where he yells “Mask!” and Venom replies, “Copy!” to mimic the SWAT guys is a somewhat dumb. But hey, people aren’t going to see Venom for something smart. They just want entertainment, and maybe Venom will deliver.
While Venom is rated PG-13, many people were hoping for an R-Rated take on the character, including Tom Hardy himself. In a recent MTV interview, Hardy expressed his interest in an R-Rated Venom:
“Is it going to be R-Rated? That’s the big question and the answers been answered, isn’t it?… It’s a PG-13 in the states, but to be fair the thing can fulcrum into R-Rated. It can fulcrum into youth or children. My littlest ones, they watch Spider-Man and Venom quite comfortably, and Venom toys appear and LEGO appear… So it’s not like they’re scared by him, and at the same time there’s a lot in the real estate that you can actually imbue with a complete sense of gratuitous violence if you really wanted to, and I think you’ve got the right people for that job if you want to push it. Of course that’s where I’d love to go with it.”
Venom, starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and more, arrives in theaters October 5, 2018, which is pretty darn soon.
Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.
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How Venom Can Get A Redesigned Spider Symbol In His Solo Movie





The newest TV spot from Venom may have teased a redesigned Spider symbol. When Sony announced they were making a Venom standalone movie, fans of the character from the comics wondered how they could pull it off. Sony recently began a partnership with Marvel that puts Tom Holland's Spider-Man (the only live-action Spidey) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, despite some initial confusion, Venom does not appear to be part of the MCU in any way.

This means that Tom Hardy's version of Venom won't have any connection to Spider-Man, which is a major change from the source material. Eddie Brock only becomes Venom in the comics after Peter Parker manages to rid himself of the symbiote. This is why Venom has the Spider-Man symbol on his chest too and even shares some of the same abilities. Since Venom can't connect Hardy's Eddie Brock to Holland's Peter Parker, director Ruben Fleischer's movie won't include the symbol on Venom's chest.

A new TV spot from Venom may show the movie's alternative, however. The TV spot in question (shared by ComicBook) shows some new action beats with Venom and noticeably a new addition to his look. Early on in the footage, Venom is shown with a giant white spot in the middle of his chest - exactly where a Spider symbol should be. See a screenshot below:




This has obviously left many wondering what is up with Venom's new look. Based on the area around him, it appears to take place in the middle of an action scene, maybe even the climactic fight against villain Riot. The most likely explanation is this new marking is actually a battle scar or a recent injury from the fight. Venom is also holding something in his right hand; that object could've impaled him leaving a scar behind. If this is an injury, it will be interesting to see if it eventually heals or if this marking becomes permanent for Venom.

If Venom can't heal the spot to restore his all-black look, some additional changes could be made to add a design. Since Venom still isn't interacting with a Spider-Man, it wouldn't make sense for it to become the Spider symbol fans are accustomed to seeing on him, but it could be the beginning of a spiritual redesign.

Whether or not that happens, this shouldn't be taken as any possible link between Venom and the MCU; there's no logical explanation for why this would happen at this stage in Eddie Brock's story. But some chest marking would definitely fit for the character and bring him closer to the comic iteration. We'll find out when Venom releases next week.
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'Venom' Soundtrack Track List and Release Date Announced



Venom is just about ready to hit theaters, and now Sony has pulled back the curtain on the movie's official soundtrack.
The Venom original motion picture soundtrack will release on October 5th and will feature original music by Grammy Award-nominated artist Ludwig Goransson, who's previously worked on films like Black Panther, Creed, and Fruitvale Station, as well as the hit show Atlanta.
"As a fan of the Venom comics - it was an intriguing challenge for me to write music for two incredibly explosive characters cohabiting one body," says Ludwig about the project. "The challenge was in creating two separate identities at the beginning of the story that could later be interwoven and coalesced. For the Venom score I drew on my roots as a metal guitar player. I set out to redefine metal by contemporizing it with current production techniques and infusing it with the super power of the orchestra."
(Photo: Sony)You can check out the full track-list below, and the album can be pre-ordered right here.
VENOM (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2018
TRACKLIST:


1. Space Exploration
2. Symbiotes Arrive
3. First Contact
4. Eddie's Blues
5. Run, Eddie, Run
6. What's Wrong with Me
7. Panic at the Bistro
8. Humans...Such Poor Design
9. Self Defense
10. Pedal to the Metal
11. Eyes, Lungs, Pancreas
12. You Want Up?
13. Venom Rampage
14. Annie, I'm Scared
15. Parasite
16. Unexpected Ally
17. Battle on the Launch Pad
18. You Belong with Us


You can view the official description for Venom below.
"One of Marvel's greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. 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?"
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Venom's Tom Hardy Doesn't Need Any Marvel Crossovers







Since Sony's Venom was announced, the symbiote in the room has been just what, if any, connection this film and the growing Spider-Verse has to Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems like there's a possibility that Tom Holland could show up in a surprise cameo role in Venom, and recently we heard that Sony is interested in having its characters pop up in MCU movies and having the Avengers cameo in Sony movies. That's an exciting prospect for fans that want all of the Marvel characters as integrated as possible, but as far as Venom himself, Tom Hardy, is concerned, Sony's Venom films don't need any Marvel crossovers, as he explained:

We're more than happy to stand alone. We have a Venomverse and 900 characters to play with.
Basically what Tom Hardy is saying is that they don't need any Marvel crossovers in what he dubs the Venomverse, which, at the moment, is actually more accurate than the Spider-Verse. He and the rest of the Venom family are perfectly content to do their own thing without any sort of crossover with the popular heroes of the MCU. Tom Hardy is also right; Sony has access to a lot of characters, more than enough to fill the release calendar for years to come. That's part of why Spider-Man excelled on the big screen before cinematic universes were a thing, and that's why you're seeing news of all these Spider-Man spinoffs in development at Sony now. The web-slinger, his allies and enemies are an entire universe unto themselves that has only been partially explored on the big screen.



Also in the interview with MTV International, Tom Hardy did indicate that he'd like to mix it up with the Avengers, perhaps Hulk in particular, but the point is that Venom doesn't need to do so to succeed, nor does the Venomverse at large. Thus far we are seeing that level of confidence in the number of Spider-Man properties Sony has in some stage of development, from Silk to Nightwatch to Silver Sable and Black Cat (now two separate movies). Sony is forging ahead with the clear belief that the Spider-Verse can sustain itself without Marvel crossover, and perhaps without Spider-Man, at least at first.


That said, it does seem like a possibility that Sony's films may become MCU-adjacent. Director Ruben Fleischer has played it rather coy about Spider-Man showing up in Venom, but the PG-13 rating and rumors make it seem like there's a chance. Also, with reports that the Marvel-Sony partnership is going smoothly, coupled with Sony's desire to have Avengers boost their films and Marvel's desire to keep using the Web-Head, that's a recipe for crossover. Of course, I imagine a lot of the future of Sony's cinematic universe will depend on Venom's performance and how it is received.
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VENOM: This Latest Clip From The Movie Shows What The Symbiote Is Capable Of During A Fight




Venom has been gaining a lot of attention ever since the first trailer, and as we draw closer to the release date, more clips are being released online every day. Check out the latest one after the jump...





Recently, we saw a clip featuring Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock unleashing the beast in order to take out some cops, showing how violent and dangerous he (or they) really are. Now, we have a new clip which showcases what Venom does when he gets aggravated.


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The US marketing for Venom has left a lot to be desired. But the Venom international marketing is killing it. Two new pieces of international marketing for the anti-superhero flick embrace silliness and humor, painting Venom as a helpful boyfriend and a troubled son, while all the domestic marketing has played up darkness. The message is clear: let Venom have some fun.
Sony Pictures’ official Chinese Weibo account (h/t Twitter user Darren Mooney) uploaded the following super cute art depicting everyone’s favorite slime-monster as a very helpful boyfriend. Venom uses his symbiote powers to serve as a selfie-stick, an umbrella, a shopping-bag carrier, and a subway buddy. It’s adorable!
Shopping Venom is my favorite. I also love the pastel coloring – I wish the actual Venom movie looked like this, instead of just bathed in a dark blue filter. It’s worth noting that this could be fan art, and not something officially commissioned to advertise the film. Still, it did appear on the Sony Weibo page, which means Sony is fine with using it to promote the movie
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures India uploaded a GIF in the guise of a text conversation between mother and son, called “When your inner anti-hero chats with mom.” A doting mother asks her child if he’s going to grab some food, to which the son replies, “Yes, will feast on some bad guys on my way home.” The mother understandably accuses her boy of being drunk, and demands he send her a selfie to prove he’s sober (?), to which the son uploads a picture of Venom. Mom is terrified, and with good reason. Again, this is goofy, and I love it. Embrace the goofiness, Venom!
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