Venom is one of the most terrifying villains of Spider-Man comics. He is in many ways darker version of Spider-Man. He has all of his powers and more. The character of Venom has been tried before in Spider-Man 3 by Sam Raimi but it was a huge disaster. Later, Raimi also confessed that he was forced to put Venom there by the studio.
Sony is making another attempt at reviving the character and this time they have brought Tom Hardy to play the lead role. He is no stranger to playing superhero roles as he was Bane in Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. He is famous for undergoing major physical transformations and this will come in handy as he is literally playing 8 ft tall, terrifying monster.
The movie is an origin story adapting the ‘Lethal Protector storyline’ from 1990’s Marvel comics. Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes a hero in San Francisco. Here’s what you should know:
“Before the story begins, Venom makes an agreement with Spider-Man that they will leave each other alone, on the condition that Venom commits no crimes. Venom then moves from New York City to San Francisco and takes up with a group of Californian mole people. Shortly thereafter the father of one of Venom’s victims seeks him out with a group of super-powered mercenaries to take revenge. Spider-Man, seeing misleading coverage of Venom on television, heads to San Francisco to confront him and instead winds up fighting alongside Venom against five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.”
The actor Riz Ahmed was roped in to play an important role in the movie, he is the founder of Life foundation ‘Dr. Carlton Drake’ who is credited with discovering symbiotes in the first place. Here’s what Riz said:
“No one thinks that they are the bad guy, that’s the reality. People do crazy things, terrible things, but in their mind they justify it. They think that they’re helping the world, helping the other person, helping themselves, they justify it in their own ways. So, for me, when I’m playing a character like Carlton Drake, I’m sure you’ll think I’m crazy but I totally understand what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. He’s trying to serve humanity and he just thinks that he’s best placed to do that and he wants to find a future for the human race. And of course, as the most rich, powerful, successful, intelligent member of the human race, he should be at the center of that future as well. So, I think I’m playing the good guy, but that’s sort of what everyone thinks.”
The director Ruben Fleischer has indicated that the movie could tease plans for a sequel and other spin-offs as part of the larger Venomverse. Here’s what he said:
“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. I hope people will stay and see what seeds have been planted.”
Sony is planning a series of movies to further expand Venomverse. For instance, it has Silver and Back, Morbius (Jared Leto cast as Michael Morbius), Mysterio, Silk, Kraven The Hunter etc. under development. There might come a day in the future where these anti-heroes will fight Spiderman in a crossover movie.
The cast is pretty solid as it includes actors like Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock aka Venom, Michelle Williams as Ann Weying aka She-Venom, Al-Jaleel Knox as Stoner dude, Scott Haze (not yet known), Jenny Slate as Dora Skirth, Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake and Woody Harrelson.
The movie is directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner (Dark Tower) and Kelly Marcel (50 Shades of Grey). It is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Matt Tolmach etc. It is going to be released on October 5, 2018.