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'Venom' Screenwriter Spider-Man Appearance in Sequels 'Not Impossible'





Venom is now a smash-hit success for Sony, and now we have early confirmation that Venomsequels are in the works at the studio. As fans know all too well, Marvel and Sony weren't willing to gamble adding any trace of Tom Holland's Spider-Man to this first Venom movie experiment - but now that it's proven itself as a franchise, it seems that Spider-Man's presence in future Venom sequels is now much more of a real possibility!
One of the co-writers of Venom, Jeff Pinkner, recently appeared on Discussing Film, where he was asked about (among other things) what could happen in future installments of Venom, regarding the Spider-Man character. Here's what he had to say:

"Without revealing anything that I'm not allowed to reveal, it is not impossible that in a future flash upcoming 'Venom' movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role."
This answer tracks with what fans have always expected, ever since the back and forth on Spider-Man's connection to both Venom and the Marvel Cinematic Universe first arose. Venom was always looked at as the first testing ground for Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters franchise - which frankly wasn't expected to be a big contender in the superhero movie franchise race. However, that expectation has quickly changed in the last few weeks, as Venom has suprpassed $850M worldwide, and Sony's SUMC followup, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseis getting near-perfect reviews and topping critics "Best of 2018" lists, heading into its opening weekend. Now it seems that there is indeed an entire universe of Spider-Man-themed films that Sony has at its disposal, with fans eager to delve deeper into that sandbox.

Venom has now proven itself as a franchise-starter, and the sequel is expected to venture into the fan-favorite Carnage storylines, in which serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) gets a symbiote suit of his own, and goes on a rampage of terror as the super-powered killer, Carnage. The larger "Maximum Carnage" crossover storyline also relied heavily on Spider-Man and Venom teaming up to fight Carnage and a gang of killers, which is definitely where Tom Holland's Spider-Man could come into play, if Sony wanted to give its Venom sequel(s) the weight of a major crossover "event" film.
Indeed, the success of Venom now raises two interesting questions:

  • Will Spider-Man possibly be allowed to appear in other SUMC films like Morbius or Kraven The Hunter?
  • Is Venom successful enough for Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock / Venom to establish ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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VENOM 2 Expected To Get A New Screenwriter But Will SPIDER-MAN Make An Appearance?

Venom co-writer Jeff Pinker has confirmed that a sequel is officially in the works, but it sounds like Sony may be taking things in a slightly different direction. Find out more from him after the jump...


Venom massively exceeded expectations at the box office this year and a sequel has already been pencilled in for 2020 (Sony hasn't made that 100% official but an "Untitled Marvel Sequel" has been slotted in for the October and there's really nothing else it could be).

Now, Venom co-writer Jeff Pinker has confirmed that a follow-up is happening but it seems like he won't be the one who writes it. "I can’t say anything other than that it is happening," he explained before being asked if he'll be working on the next chapter: "I am not. As of right now, I am not."
Seeing as Venom was torn apart by critics, it makes sense that Sony will take things in a slightly different direction from a creative standpoint. After all, the bad reviews may not have hurt the movie financially, but a well-received follow-up could see it pass $1 billion if word of mouth is overwhelmingly positive.

Regardless, when Pinker was asked if Spider-Man exists in the same world as Venom, he teased: "Without revealing anything that I’m not allowed to reveal, it is not impossible that in a future/upcoming Venom movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role."

We heard that a lot before the first installment was released and there was no sign of the wall-crawler so, for now, we should probably just expect to see the symbiote take on Carnage!
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'Venom': Carnage Extended Post-Credits Scene Revealed






After months of speculation regarding Woody Harrelson's role in Venom leading up to the film's initial release, a post-credits scene revealed that the actor was playing Cletus Kasaday, aka Carnage. Like most of the movie, this scene was stranger than everyone expected, and ended with Harrelson stating the obvious, "There will be Carnage."
This scene set up the future Venom sequel, despite being a joke with audiences as they left the theaters. It was a very oddly-cut scene that felt more forced than anything. However, the home release of Venom includes an extended version of the scene, and it makes Carnage's debut much, much better.


If you buy Venom now on digital services, or wait until December 18th to grab the Blu-ray, you'll find the extended version of the scene in the special features.
Everything about the scene is the same for the first minute or so. Eddie gets to the prison and begins talking to Cletus, just like he does in the normal cut of the film. After Cletus says his weird line about "arterial spray," things change. He keeps talking to Eddie, sounding crazier with each passing word.

"I could talk about sucking out their eyeballs," Cletus says. "Mmm. Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Eddie, it's hard to see you in that light. Why don't you...come on over. I know they told you to mind your distance, but I'll be a good boy. Honest."
When Eddie approaches, the two characters try to make a deal Cletus agrees to tell Eddie where the other victims are, but only if he hands over his pen and paper so Cletus can write it down. It's definitely a trick to get his hands on some sort of weapon, and Eddie isn't buying it.


"Hey, you want to be the first to get the scoop, right? If you're too chicken...the deal's off. No bodies. No closure for those poor families. No interview of a lifetime for you... When I get out of here, and I will...there's gonna be carnage."
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Paul Franklin Interview: Venom VFX Supervisor






There was a lot that Venom had to get right, but perhaps the trickiest task was creating the symbiote anti-hero himself. The titular character has been reimagined many times across the comics, cartoons and even on screen in Spider-Man 3, and the pressure was on to do all that justice.
Key to this was Paul Franklin, Venom's VFX supervisor. Franklin has worked on many big-budget productions - most notably Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar - but his recent release posed unique challenges - from the lack of Spider-Man to Tom Hardy's improv. For the release of Venom on home video (available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD), Screen Rant caught up with Franklin to discuss creating the VFX of one of the biggest movies of the year.




Venom is incredibly successful. Did you expect this level of success from the film when you were working on it?
You always hope for the best when you start making a film, hope it will find an audience. But you don't really know until you've actually finished the thing. And obviously, we had a lot of ingredients going into the mix that were very promising. It's a well-established character in the comics world, a very passionate fanbase who really want to see this character, and there'd been talk about a Venom film for so many years, so there's a lot of expectation sitting on your shoulders to bring it to the screen. But also when you're trying to do something a little bit different... Venom stands apart from a lot of the other comic book films out there. It has its own, distinct flavor, which is very much the vision of Ruben Fleischer and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, you've gotta go into this with a little bit of your fingers crossed. But the thing that really made me realized that we had a potential hit on our hands was that, when we put on the crew screenings and I took my kids to see it, at the end of the movie I asked them what they thought. Normally, if they don't like a film, they just tell me how good my visual effects are, because they're just basically trying to say, "Dad, we're trying to make you feel better about it." And they just loved it. They had great big grins on their faces. My daughter, she's a teenager, she said: "I'm going to get all my friends to go and see this." That hasn't happened too often with the films that I've made. And it's not that I haven't worked on... obviously, I've worked on some really good films, but they often appeal to a different kind of audience. You could see it's going to take off. So when we saw the opening weekend numbers, we just thought, "Oh wow, this really has found an audience." There's an audience out there that's looking for something a little bit different, and I think that's what we gave them.
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You talk about your previous movies. Stylistically this has been compared to The Dark Knight Trilogy. It's got a different tone but in terms of the visual stylings and mood, it owes something to those movies. How did it compare as a job?
Every filmmaker has their own approach to creating their film. Obviously some commonalities in the way that the business is structured, the process that we go through, there's a lot of things in common. That's how you become a film professional - you do enough of these things, you know what the programmes going to be. Reuben wanted to make this grounded in that he wanted it to feel it was in a version of the real world that we understand, that we know. He was very keen that we go shoot in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, where Eddie's supposed to live in the film. We shot as much of this film on location as possible. There is stage work, but it's mostly on location out in the real world. We do have moments that go into full CG world, particularly the end of the film during the final battle between Riot and Venom, but even that is a CG recreation of a real place - it's Point Bonita in Marin County just north of San Francisco. So everything has this grounded aspect to it. And, of course, you have a genius cinematographer in Matthew Libatique, who's worked on some of the most amazing films of recent years. He's done such amazing work with Darren Aronofsky, he shot A Star is Bornas well - he had the number 1 and 2 films in the same week. And that brings a sensibility to the film that you can then build on as a visual effects artist.
I think for me what always works best is when we're capturing as much reality with the camera as possible, and then we are using the digital tools to build on, extend and enhance that. So whenever we have Venom in a real-world environment, we shot that in a real set or real location, we had stand-ins to make sure our camera was framed properly, and something for the cast to react to. That makes a huge difference to the way the film turned out. There are commonalities to them, but at the same time, it's a very different film.
The key reference that Reuben gave me at the beginning of this film, when we started working on this was the old John Landis film, An American Werewolf in London. It's a horror film but also has strong elements of humor and is a film about a process of transformation, about the guy becoming a werewolf. And so that was where we were coming from. So you can think of it that. 21st Century, comic book, state-of-the-art update of American Werewolf in some respects.
That American Werewolf stuff comes across, but it's very much its own thing. Take the way that you did the symbiote transformation - how it moves on its own, how it attacks different people. How did that tendril side to things come about? That's quite different to how they do it in the comics but it works so well on the screen.
I think we started on... the visual reference point was indeed the comics. But where the comics left off is where we needed to begin. The comics, for all their brilliance, they're essentially a stylised, abstracted version of reality. We needed to take it to the next step, we needed to add all the extra detail to it which would make you think it was real and not just a drawing. So we, the level of detail and sophistication of what's going on is turned up several levels to give that sort of organic level of detail that you feel you're looking at a living, breathing creature, some sort of biological process is going on. We spent a lot of time looking at real-world reference like undersea creatures, jellyfish, deep sea creatures, squid, octopi. We also looked at things like slime molds, these extraordinary time-lapse films in nature programs of fungi and slime molds consuming detirtus on the forest floor which have an almost sentience to them - they appear to be directed, they're not just a random growth process. And all of those ideas fed into it.
We also knew we'd have some scrutiny on this, you were going to be looking at it so long in terms of screentime. We needed to give enough detail that you couldn't just settle on one part of it and figure out what was going on. So it's always giving you something new to look at moment-to-moment in the shots, and then we let the effects process find its own way. And what I mean by that is that we didn't just press a button and let the computers run off and do it because, frankly, when you do that, the computers don't do anything. It was the effects artists on a day-to-day basis who were finding new, more extraordinary things with the toolsets they'd created and they were offering possibilities and ideas that I'd never even considered. "Well," we thought, "That's cool, we've not seen that before. That really gets to the heart of our story that we're trying to tell, let's bring it in the film." So we offered that up to Reuben and the producers, and they loved what we were doing, so that gave us the confidence to carry and create something people found a little bit different.
You're talking about what you brought to the project. One of the things that fascinated me about Venom was the amount of improvisation that Tom Hardy was able to do, how involved he got into the character. That obviously is very challenging for something as regimented as VFX. Did Tom's acting pose any unique challenges?
Tom's improv on set and how he created the character day-to-day was essential to the character you see on the screen. Because not only is he Eddie Brock, he's Venom - he's performing Venom. That dialogue you hear, we had that on the set. We would pre-record that and he'd have it playing back in a little earpiece. And quite often he was coming up with those lines, he was working with the writer, with Kelly Marcel on set. And he'd record those lines with our sound mixer in his trailer before coming onto set and then we'd hear them for the first time with everybody else. So what we had to do was say, well, we're going to have to embrace this. We can't force this guy, we can't force this artist to follow our script. You know, our prescription for how this thing should be done. We need to embrace this because that's where the magic is and I think that's what people are responding to - Tom's performance as Eddie, Tom's performance as Venom. And capturing that, keeping that in the visual effects was super duper important.
The way that we did that is that rather than go for, say, a motion-capture process where you've got tracking markers all over the character, we built a system where we have what's called witness cameras which are multiple physical cameras on the set recording Tom at different angles so that later on we can put this all together and figure out what he was doing in three-dimensional space to then be able to attach the visual effects to him and use that as a starting point to jump off of. So when we eventually become full digital Venom, we know where we're going - or at least we know where we're starting from, and then we can find our way from there.



We've talked a lot about what was brought to the film. There's obviously something that's missing - Spider-Man. The movie doesn't really suffer from not having Venom's origin character, but I imagine in creating this character must have been tricky not having one of his fundamental aspects - the Spider symbol, the web-swinging. At what point did you have divorce yourself from those aspects?
Right from the beginning, it was very, very clear to us that this was the way we were going, a standalone origin version of the character. We looked, obviously, at the comic books, and comic books can get you so far in terms in references to what the character's going to do. We had to figure out, for instance, his white chest pattern, because you couldn't just leave him as an all-black character - the black-and-white aspect of Venom is very important. And we spent a lot of time figuring out, well, are there are stylized shapes and patterns we can use, something suggestive of the character's heritage? Or do we need to start from scratch and think of something new? And it was actually Avi Arad, one of our producers. Avi's been involved in Marvel films since the beginning of the process, for many many years, and he is intimately aquainted with the charcater - he loves Venom, Avi's all about Venom. And he said to me, "Look, you're creating the symbiote." We'd been making the raw symbiote, which is this very vascular, organic, amoeba-like creature that you see at the beginning of the film which has this veinous structure on its surface. And he said, "Well, we're making the veins there, and Venom is this huge, muscular dude. So how about we do something that's a bit like that the veins pop out of a bodybuilder's chest?" You think about young Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferigno in his prime, when they're all puffed up and the blood's running through their veins and they're standing out like thick ropes across their physique, how about something like that, so we say that this is an integral part? It's not just a color, it's not just a surface pattern. It's something which is deeply organically part of him, and then relates to the symbiote. And once Avi had said that, I could see a way forward, a way that we could do this. We wanted to still keep the sense of graphic stylization, so the pattern is roughly symmetircal and if you look at Venom, there's a very subtle "V" shape - V for Venom - on his chest. There is a graphic aspect to it, but it becomes its own thing. And I think it spoke very much to the nature of the creature we were creating. So having the freedom to be able to do that, being empowered by the filmmakers to go away and do that and take that risk in such an iconic property, that was pretty liberating.
I think ultimately, the reason the film succeeds without having all of the other stuff in it, is the strength of Tom Hardy's central performance and the storytelling that's going on there, that we're all part of that process and that's why the film works.
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I don't see how this movie was successful. It was fucking terrible.
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25 Things That Make No Sense About The Venom Movie


WARNING: There will be spoilers for Venom.
Despite poor reception from critics and low expectations all around, Venom is devouring box office sales. The newest Marvel film is even on track to smash the previous October weekend record with an estimated $80 million in sales.
Everyone around the world seems to be completely absorbed by Venom and the symbiote has been able to quickly invade and possess our minds. However, there were some scenes throughout the movie that broke us out of the alien parasite’s trance and brought us back to reality.
These scenes are those plot holes, oddities, and straight-up confusing devices that made us take a step back from the movie’s story and caused us to question its plausibility.
Even though superheroes and villains don’t live in our universe, we’d like to think that they could. We want the people in the movie to act like they would in real life and for the movie to essentially make sense in the real world. Therefore, when we catch these little nuances, it can break our concentration and cause us to get distracted from the film’s underlying plot.
So, get ready to break the symbiote’s bond, because here are the 25 Things That Don’t Make Sense About The Venom Movie.
25 Why didn't Eddie just text the evidence to his old boss instead of scaling a building?

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We see Eddie doing everything it takes to get his old boss some evidence of the human trials at the Life Foundation. He even scales a building to leave his phone in his boss’ office – but what was he thinking?


Why didn’t Eddie just text or email the images to his old boss? Did he forget how phones worked?
Also, he ended up leaving his phone next to a note that said, “do the right thing”. How was his former boss supposed to know what that meant? Even if the phone didn’t have a passcode on it, the boss wouldn’t have known what he was supposed to be looking at on the phone.
24 What was Riot's plan?

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Riot planned on going home and returning with an army of symbiotes. However, he didn't have a plan to get back. The symbiotes were forcibly brought to Earth so they didn’t know the planet's coordinates or have a big enough vessel to bring them back. In fact, how did they even have a plan to invade Earth if it wasn’t even their plan to be on the planet in the first place?
Riot also told Drake he needed Venom before they could leave. However, if the plan was to come back to Earth, why not leave Venom and see him when they returned? Venom said he was a “loser” so he clearly wasn’t vital to the plans.
23 What happened to the yellow symbiote?

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Throughout the movie, we saw four different symbiotes. Venom was in the black symbiote and Riot was the silver one. Then, the blue symbiote was destroyed when Dr. Dora perished. So, what happened to the yellow symbiote? Also, why didn't anyone know about Riot?
A lot of people perished in Malaysia because of the symbiote, so why didn’t Carlton Drake link those events to that of a symbiote?
He also potentially knew there was a fourth one that got away and never went looking for it.
22 Venom's powers

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When we’re first introduced to Venom, he tells Eddie Brock not to open the door. He could sense that someone was going to knock on the door before it happened. So why wasn’t Venom able to sense the drone approaching them in the alley or the car that hit their motorcycle at the end of the car chase?
Since Venom can’t stand sounds over 600Hz, it seems as though he has sensitive hearing and should’ve been able to hear the drones following him. Also, how does Venom know how to fight in a human body? He has never been to Earth and therefore wouldn’t have ever possessed a body with butt-kicking skills.
21 Were the San Francisco police trained by the Gotham PD?

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There’s a running gag in the DCU that the Gotham police are absolutely useless when it comes to stopping crime. However, the San Francisco Police Department might give them a run for their money. During the entire scene when Drake’s henchmen chase Eddie throughout the city, there isn’t one cop around until the end.
These cops also let the henchmen go at the end of the scene and don’t seem to know how to apprehend criminals.
For example, when the SWAT team corners Eddie in the news station, an officer yells “MASK” to tell the squad to put on their gas masks. However, this also warns Eddie of their plans and gives him time to prepare.
20 Why didn't Carlton Drake's henchmen have a weapon to stun symbiotes?

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The Life Foundation knew a lot about symbiotes. So, why didn’t they create a weapon to stop or stun the alien creatures? When Carlton Drake’s henchmen went after Eddie Brock in his apartment, they didn’t seem to know anything about symbiotes or what Venom was capable of doing.
However, they did know that symbiotes don’t like sounds over 600Hz. So, why didn’t anyone think to bring some music to stun Venom and get the symbiote back to the lab? It would’ve saved them a lot of headache and evil henchmen.
19 Why is Venom so emotional?

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For a villainous alien parasite, Venom seems to be very emotional without any real reason. Throughout the movie, he made Eddie apologize to Anne for betraying her trust and protected the kids playing video games in the apartment he crashed into.
Venom also cried about being called a parasite and told Eddie that he wants to stay on Earth for him.
The last one was particularly odd because there was nothing in the movie that made Venom want to stay on Earth. We never see him connect with humans and we aren’t given any evidence as to why he fell in love with the planet or Eddie.

18 How do the scientists get the symbiotes back in their containers?

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The symbiote in the blue container made its way through many different people. At the beginning of the movie, we see it attack Carlton Drake’s first “volunteer” and then, later on, it re-emerges from its container again to destroy Dr. Dora.
However, how did Drake and his fellow scientists get the symbiote back inside its container? They wouldn’t have been able to get close to the symbiote, let alone touch it, or else it would’ve possessed their body and potentially demolished every person it came into contact with.
17 Fire is everywhere yet doesn't hurt the symbiotes



Venom tells Eddie that symbiotes have two weaknesses: sounds over 600Hz and fire. However, the symbiotes come into contact with fire in multiple scenes throughout the movie and didn't seem too phased by it.
At the beginning of the movie, Riot comes across fire when he eats the eel in Malaysia but barely flinches when he sees the flames.
The symbiotes also all survived an explosive crash onto Earth and Venom walks through firey explosions throughout many points in the movie. Lastly, Anne calls these weaknesses the symbiotes’ “kryptonite”. How does she know what kryptonite is? This is a Marvel movie!
16 How does Venom know Riot's plan but not know who Anne is?

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When Venom tells Eddie about Riot’s plan to invade Earth, Eddie asks him how he knows all this. Venom simply responds saying that he sees all and can see Eddie’s memories.
However, this explanation makes no sense because Riot’s plans were never in Eddie’s memories. Venom also never came into contact with Riot prior to this scene, so it feels a little random that he knew the symbiote’s entire master plan. Also, if Venom was telling the truth, why did he have to ask Eddie who Anne was later on in the movie? Venom should’ve been able to access Eddie’s memories and therefore would’ve known exactly who Anne was without having to ask.
15 Why is Dr. Dan such a bad doctor?

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Dr. Dan may have a Ph.D., but he doesn’t seem to act like a very good doctor. The entire audience saw Eddie’s MRI results and clearly noticed a large black entity circulating around his body.
So, why did it take Dr. Dan so long to notice it? It takes him hours to call Anne and tell her about Eddie's decaying body.
Also, even if he didn’t know about the parasite, Dr. Dan told Anne that there’s something terribly wrong with Eddie’s charts and that his heart seems to be decaying. Wouldn’t that have been immediately noticeable as soon as he got the results?
14 Are there no cameras in Drake's lab?

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Eddie Brock is able to waltz into the Life Foundation without anyone noticing he was ever there. However, shouldn’t a lab as advanced as the Life Foundation have cameras?
A lot of illegal activity happens within the walls of the Life Foundation, so it would only make sense that they would install high-tech cameras in the event of an intruder. If they did have cameras, they would’ve easily been able to see Eddie in the labs and would’ve instantaneously known who betrayed the company.
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13 Eddie just happened to be looking at Anne's laptop when she received a Top-Secret email

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Eddie Brock doesn’t seem like he’s a top investigative reporter. However, it might just be because he has more luck than Deadpool’s Domino. At the beginning of the movie, he just happens to wake up in the middle of the night and walk over to his fiancé’s computer at the very moment that she’s receiving a top-secret email about the man he’s about to interview.
Not only is this very lucky for him, but it’s also very careless of Anne. Why is her laptop set to show the topic of emails before a password is entered?
If she’s used to working high profile cases, she should’ve developed some high-level security settings.
12 Venom likes chocolate and tater tots now?

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Throughout the movie, we see Eddie Brock transform into a literal vampire. He’s always hungry after he merges with Venom and is constantly on the search for warm, living meat. However, at the end of the movie, Venom requests chocolate and tater tots as his meal of choice.
Does that mean that the symbiote and their host don’t actually have to eat meat? Or does that just mean that Venom adapted to his new way of life and evolved into an alien that doesn’t need meat to survive? Either way, we don’t get the answer from watching the film.
11 How can Anne program an MRI machine and the sound system at Drake's lab?

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Anne is a lawyer in the film, but it seems like she’s actually in the wrong line of work. Based on her skills in the movie, she really should be in the IT field.
Without any medical or technical background, Anne is able to quickly turn on the MRI machine when Venom starts to attack Dr. Dan in the hospital.
She’s also able to find a working computer in a room that Riot trashed and easily program the sound system to play a deafening sound over 600Hz. Both of these feats don't seem like something a lawyer could’ve easily accomplished without any tech background or training.
10 Why don't the symbiotes attack any of the scientists in the room when it's released?

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When Carlton Drake or his scientists release the symbiotes to bond with the lab’s “volunteers”, the alien blob immediately goes after its target. However, why don’t the symbiotes ever attack the scientist that lets it free?
Symbiotes simply need a body or host to live, so wouldn’t it have gone to the nearest warm body? Why have they been sparing the bodies of the scientists that free them? This is particularly true when Drake releases the symbiote to attack Dr. Dora. It seems as though the symbiote listened to Drake and attacked her on his behalf.
9 Why does Dr. Dora give up so easily?

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Dr. Dora was terrified of Carlton Drake and what he would do to her children. However, she very easily gives in to his demands when she’s caught.
When Drake’s henchman confronts Dr. Dora about who betrayed the lab, she doesn’t even try to deny it.
Then, when Drake questions her about who she let into the lab, she very easily gives Eddie’s name and simply ignores the fact that the man standing before her threatened her children. Furthermore, if Drake wanted to keep things hush-hush, why did he hire so many doctors to work on his program or fire so many people? Wouldn’t they just leave and tell the world his secret plans?
8 The kids in the movie

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Carlton Drake doesn’t know how to interact with children. At the beginning of the movie, he tells a little girl an inspiring speech about how she shouldn’t let anyone silence her. However, he’s literally using his speech to silence her and never lets her ask him her question.
Later on, we also see him interact with the little girl from the Malaysian airport. He awkwardly asks the girl how she got into his lab and where she came from. However, as bad as he is with children, why is he the first person to do so? No one else wondered why there was a little girl walking the streets alone? And where were her parents?
7 The qualities of a "good host"

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Both Venom and Riot describe Eddie as being a good host. However, he seems to be the very opposite of a “good host.”
Eddie has consciousness while he binds with Venom and can act out of his own free will. Wouldn’t that be the definition of a bad host?
Wouldn’t you want a host that will literally just do whatever you ask it to do? Also, why is Riot able to find so many tolerable hosts throughout Malaysia, yet the other symbiotes failed to even find one in a controlled lab setting?
6 Venom and Riot's fight was only 4 minutes according to the rocket's launch timer

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One of the best parts of Venom is the fight scene at the end of the movie. In this scene, we see Venom and Riot fighting and catch some amazing clips of Eddie and Drake battling underneath it all. However, despite how epic the fight was, it was apparently only four minutes long.
When Drake sets the launch for the rocket, it flashes a five-minute countdown. By the end of the Venom-Riot fight, the countdown says “launch in t-minus one minute.” This means that only four minutes elapsed between Drake pressing the launch button and Anne turning on the deafening sounds that defeated the symbiotes.
5 Why isn't Eddie in jail at the end of the movie?

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At the end of the movie, we see Eddie talking to Anne on her doorsteps. However, this isn’t where we should’ve seen Eddie. He actually should have been in jail. Many police officers and witnesses saw Eddie transform into Venom and eat people's heads. So, why is everyone able to move past this all and let a villainous man roam the streets of San Francisco?
Instead of being arrested for his crimes, Eddie gets everything he’s ever wanted.
He gets his job back, lands an interview of a lifetime, and starts winning back the love of his life. According to this movie, even villains can have a happily ever after.
4 How did Venom return and why is Eddie okay with the symbiote making his body decay?

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The biggest question at the end of the movie is how Venom managed to come back after his grand sacrifice. Also, how much time elapsed between Venom’s goodbye and his return to Eddie’s body? The beginning of the movie had time lapses (ie. the main events of the movie started six months after Eddie lost his job) but these hints seemed to disappear by the end of the film.
We also learned that Venom was slowly decaying Eddie’s body. So, why is Eddie okay with this now and why didn’t he come up with a plan for his heath?
3 Stan Lee's Cameo



No Marvel movie is complete without an infamous cameo from Stan Lee. However, this cameo seemed a tad out of place. After Venom returns, Eddie walks down the street and runs into Stan Lee walking a tiny dog. The old man laughs and tells Eddie something along the lines of, “I hope you two can work it out with her.”
Now, this is simply comic book fan service, but it also raises some interesting questions.
Stan Lee has been revealed to be a Watcher through his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So, why would he risk his cover by chatting with Venom and revealing that he knows more than he should?
2 The Mid-Credit Scene



“When I get out of here, and I will, there’s going to be carnage.” This line is what criminal Cletus Kasady tells Eddie Brock during Venom’s mid-credit scene. It provides great fan service for people that love the character but also leaves the movie on a mysterious and confusing note.
What does this mean for the future of Venom? Will there be a sequel? How does Cletus become Carnage? Is there another symbiote waiting to be discovered or has Cletus already been bonded? Also, more importantly, what is up with Woody Harelson’s cheap red wig?
1 The end-credit scene has nothing to do with Venom... or does it?

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Meanwhile, in another universe, Sony utilized their end-credit scene to advertise their next feature film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We get a glimpse of the first time Miles Morales meets the alternate-universe Peter Parker at the grave of Miles’ Peter Parker. Then, the cops appear and Miles drags an unconscious Peter Parker on a chase through New York City.
Although the end-credit scene seems to be totally disconnected from the rest of the film, could it hint at Venom’s connection to the Spider-Verse? Can we expect him to appear in future Spider-Man movies, or was this simply a teaser for the next Sony film?
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'Venom' Sequel Officially Moving Forward With Original Writer

Though it has been long-speculated that Sony's Venom would receive a sequel, recent reports suggest a sequel is officially moving forward at Sony. According to a report from Variety, Sony has hired Kelly Marcel — part of the writing team behind the first flick — to pen Venom 2.

Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) is also slated to receive executive producer credits on the sequel which will see Tom Hardy return to reprise his role as Eddie Brock. The report also states that Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson are each set to reprise their role from the original film, with the latter set to play fan-favorite Spider-Man villain Carnage.
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‘Venom’ Sequel Likely to Replace Original Film’s Director



Scheduling difficulties may force Sony Pictures to move forward on its Venom sequel without director Ruben Fleischer, Variety reports.
Fleischer is now developing the sequel to Zombieland, also backed by Sony, which could reach theaters this October. The Venom sequel, now in the works at the studio with original screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is being prepped for an October 2, 2020 release.
Star Tom Hardy is signed to a three-movie deal and is expected in the next installment to face off against symbiote-powered serial killer Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who first appeared in a mid-credits tag to close out the first film.
“We’ve definitely laid some groundwork for different directions that the franchise could go but obviously it all hinges on people’s excitement about this film,” Fleischer told ComicBook.com at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
“I hope people will stay and see what seeds have been planted.”
An offshoot of the Spider-Man franchise — set in a world separate from the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the Sony-controlled Spider-Man (Tom Holland) exists as a member of the Avengers — Venom proved itself a mega-hit at the box office, earning $855 million worldwide on a reported budget of just $100 million.
Venom’s performance made it the third-highest grossing Spider-Man-inspired blockbuster, behind only 2007’s Spider-Man 3 ($890m) — where Venom made his live-action debut, to mixed reactions — and 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880m).
The film, backed by franchise producers Avi Arad and Amy Pascal, beat out 2002’s Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man ($821m), 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2 ($783m), Marc Webb-steered reboot The Amazing Spider-Man ($757m) and 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($757m), and animated critical darling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($275m+).
Like its predecessor, the Venom sequel is expected to retain its PG-13 rating despite the involvement of unhinged murderer Cletus Kasady.
“When you hear ‘Carnage,’ the only thing you can think of is R. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no R here,” Arad previously told Collider.

“He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation? Was he born like that, or it’s someone we should feel for, because if you are succeeding to make a villain someone you can feel for, jackpot.”
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Venom 2 Finds A Director



Talking of Venom, we recently learned that Kelly Marcel is returning to pen the screenplay but with that news came the update that director Ruben Fleischer may be unable to take the helm of the sequel due to the fact that he's committed to Zombieland 2.

That's probably just an excuse, though, because while Sony was happy with those box office numbers, they don't want to deliver another critically panned movie (it's also been said that Tom Hardy was unhappy with the reception and the blame there obviously lies mostly with the director).

As a result, with production surely set to start later this year to meet that October 2020 release date, it shouldn't be too long until we find out who Sony wants to take charge of this follow-up.
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VENOM 2: It Looks Like Director Ruben Fleischer Won't Be Returning To Helm Sony's Sequel

With the Venom sequel said to be director-less and heading into production this fall, Sony is scrambling to find a filmmaker to board the project. But who should step in to fill in Fleischer's shoes?...




Considering the conflicts director Ruben Fleischer and Sony Pictures had throughout the making of Venom, the finished product ultimately came out with a surprisingly distinct tone - a scattered yet undeniably entertaining one filled with dark humor and Tom Hardy zaniness.

When it was reported that Sony was officially developing a sequel, the trades mentioned that Fleischer was "unlikely" to return, and now Discussing Film reckon they've confirmed that to be the case.

Sony has more than likely begun the search for a new director already, but here are just three filmmakers I personally believe would be a great fit to helm the symbiote sequel.

Fede Alvarez



Working off of his filmography, Fede Alvarez seems to be a very fitting replacement for Ruben Fleischer. With movies like Don't Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, it is no doubt that he has Sam Raimi in his corner as well. With his horror influenced style, and tendency to get fantastic performances from his actors, (see Stephen Lang in Don't Breathe) Sony should give Alvarez a call.

Drew Goddard



If you've been in the CBM community for a while Drew Goddard is a name you should recognize. The director has a passion for superhero projects in his veins, yet most of his projects never come fully realized. The closest Goddard has gotten to his original intentions was his sting on Daredevil, and though he was initially was going to showrun the Marvel masterpiece, his influence can still be seen throughout the whole first season. As a director, he recently released the underseen Bad Times at the El Royale, no doubt one of the best films of 2018. Sony has been toying with the director for a while, it's about time he gets a CBM project into fruition.

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg



I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been mostly known for their comedic work on films like The Interview and This is the End, but their television comic book adaptaions have impressed audiences. As self-proclaimed comic book junkies Rogen and Goldberg take chances, launching series' like Preacher and the upcoming Amazon series The Boys. In regards to Venom, they have it's sense of humour down, but they also have the willingness to take dark turns and risks.

Other suggestions include anyone who has directed/will direct a Godzilla/King Kong movie.

Who do you think should direct the Venom sequel?
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Amy Pascal Confirms Tom Hardy Will Return For VENOM 2 And Addresses The Future Of The SPIDER-VERSE Franchise

In a new interview, Spider-Man: Far From Home producer Amy Pascal offers some updates on the Venom sequel, plans for the Spider-Verse franchise on the big and small screen, and Tom Holland's future...




Venom wasn't a critical hit but it clearly struck a chord with moviegoers because it ultimately made $855 million at the worldwide box office. Now, Spider-Man: Far From Home producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that a sequel - with Tom Hardy - is indeed moving forward at Sony Pictures.

"I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can," she revealed. As for what led to Venom's success, Pascal added: "It's a couple of things. One of them is that Sony did a great job creating that franchise and giving it a life and giving it its own world. Then there's Tom Hardy."


"When you think of Venom, you'll never be able to think of anyone but Tom Hardy sitting in that bathtub of lobsters."


Pascal wouldn't commit to any updates on Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Tom Hardy's Venom crossing paths on the big screen, but noted that the most important thing is to ensure that these franchises all work individually. However, she's well aware of the interest from fans. "Everybody would love to see that. You never know someday... it might happen."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was another hit for Sony, and while there are reports of the franchise moving to the small screen, Pascal promised that Miles Morales will swing back into theaters.

"Well, of course it's going to be on the big screen and it's going to be about Miles," she said. "I don't think you should exclude [Miles from a live-action movie]. I think you should assume there is nothing to exclude." What about Tom Holland's Spider-Man, though? "I can say that we've had a fantastic partnership and you never know what's going to happen."

"We have a lot of stories to tell about Spider-Man, in every facet."
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