The next Superhero movie in focus is going to be Sony’s big attempt at starting their own shared Universe with Spider-Man characters and as we all know by now, it will be called Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC). Tom Hardy’s Venom will be the movie that will start this shared Universe in the absence of Spider-Man himself. Sony has planned a lot of movies but the condition for all those movies to be put under production is that Venom should do significantly well at the Box Office.
A lot depends upon Venom as SUMC will end before it even begins if Venom ends up bombing at the Box Office. Fortunately for Sony, it is tracking well for the first weekend at the Domestic Box Office. There is still time before Venom hits the theatres and a while ago there were rumors that Venom will open with just $35-50 Million on its opening weekend. That is why Sony was actually looking for Venom to have a PG-13 rating instead of the earlier rumored R Rating, so they could pull in a much larger audience base when the movie ultimately hits the theatres.
Now, Sony should be very happy with the current predictions as early tracking reports were just updated by Box Office Pro, which revealed that the film could receive a record-breaking opening at theaters when it debuts in October. The new estimation for the domestic opening weekend states that Venom would bring in somewhere between $55 million and $85 million when it hits the theatres.
This number is huge as this would mean that Venom could actually end up with more than $600 Million worldwide at least if it turns out to be good. If Venom does end up making these numbers than it will officially break the records for October by beating Gravity which earned $55.8 Million on its opening weekend.
These numbers may have risen due to the recent trailer that Sony put out for this movie which gave us a good look at the story of the movie. The movie has been reported to adapt the classic 90’s Marvel comics based on Lethal Protector storyline that sees Eddie Brock becoming a hero in San Francisco. Still, elements of the movie will obviously be altered so that the story fits better on the big screen. Here’s everything you need to know before you watch the movie:
“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, Rage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.”
It was confirmed a while ago that Riz Ahmed who will be playing Carlton Drake in the movie is also going to be one of the five villains by the name of Riot. . In his recent interview at SDCC with Entertainment Weekly, Ahmed revealed that what exactly separates his villain from the other villains that have been a part of the previous Comic book movies. He said:
“Well my character is a billionaire industrialist, he’s an inventor, he’s a bit of a genius, and he’s really interested in trying to find a future for humanity as we face ecological collapse and war. For him, the solution lies in colonizing other planets. So it’s actually a kind of search for another suitable habitat for humanity, that leads him to the Symbiotes.”
Ahmed continued to talk about his character, and he touched upon the situation of playing a villain in a movie where there is actually no Superhero involved. He added:
“No one thinks that they are the bad guy, that’s the reality,” the actor said. “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.”
Venom hits the theatres on October 5.