Good morning geeks! Were you blown away as far of this planet as we were with the Venom movie Teaser Trailer shown at this years Superbowl? Amazing right!
Ever since Spider-Man 3’s release, Sony Pictures has had a Venom movie in some form of development. The project came close to getting off the ground when the Amazing Spider-Man series was planning to expand, but after those plans collapsed, it seemed like Venom was once again on ice. Then 2017 happened, and seemingly out of nowhere, Sony announced that it was fast-tracking a Venom movie after a year of no updates.
There will be several key differences between this new live-action iteration and his comic book counterpart. With Venom looking like it will be one of the more intriguing blockbusters of 2018, here are all the important details that have been released about the project so far.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Venom movie starring Tom Hardy
1. Watch the Trailer!
2. Release date: Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018. This is an odd month to release a superhero film, but as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Logan and others have taught us, a movie in this genre doesn’t have to be released in the summer or the November/December season for it to be successful. Plus, since Venom is intended to feel more like a horror movie than a straightforward superhero flick, releasing it outside the usual blockbuster season may help it stand out even more. Currently, Venom doesn’t have any competition on that opening weekend, but that will eventually change, though it will almost certainly remain the most prominent release of the bunch.
3. Rating: As mentioned earlier, Venom will have a horror tilt, which is fitting since Venom is one of the scarier Marvel comics villains. With extra frights comes extra violence, and when paired together, they usually equal an R rating. Director Ruben Fleischer has said he wants the movie to comfortably rest in that adult territory. Thanks to Deadpool and Logan‘s success, there seems to be more willingness to put mainstream superhero characters in R rated movies, and since this version of Venom won’t be used as a villain in a Spider-Man movie, Sony has more freedom to double down on his scarier traits and violent tendencies.
4. Director: Ruben Fleischer is taking the reins on Venom, and he has plenty of experience in both the horror and action realms. Fleischer is best known for directing the horror comedy Zombieland, which came out two years before The Walking Dead TV series hit the scene. In 2011, he reunited with Jesse Eisenberg to direct 30 Minutes or Less, and two years later he helmed Gangster Squad.
5. Spiderman? Eddie Brock bonded with the symbiote that turned him into Venom. The Venom movie will not have any direct ties to the Spider-Man that’s active in the MCU, so not only will Venom’s “birth” not be tied to Spiderman, but we won’t see him clashing with the superhero either. t’s also not clear yet if the symbiote will remain an alien life form or if the movie will take a cue from the Ultimate universe and turn it into a manmade creation.
6. Playing Venom: Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock/Venom in the Venom movie. Hardy is no stranger to the world of comic book media, having previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and being attached to lead the 100 Bullets movie. Hardy was also supposed to play Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, but he had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts, and he was replaced by Joel Kinnaman.
7. Venom history: Eddie was introduced in 1986’s Web of Spider-Man #18, and in his early appearances, he was a reporter for The Daily Globe. Eddie thought he finally found his journalistic break when he started looking into the serial killer known as The Sin-Eater. During his investigation, Eddie was contacted by a man named Emil Gregg, who claimed to be the Sin-Eater. After speaking with Gregg and finding what he thought was evidence to support Gregg’s claim, Eddie wrote up an expose that revealed the killer’s identity. However, soon after it was revealed that Gregg wasn’t the real Sin-Eater, as Spider-Man had caught the real killer. Eddie was instantly fired from his job, and his already emotionally distant father cut off communication with him entirely.
Eddie blamed Spider-Man for what happened, and one night, he found himself at a church where he wrestled with his hatred for the superhero and whether or not he should kill himself. Coincidentally, this was the same church where Spider-Man was trying to rid himself of the alien symbiote that was trying to take over his body. Peter Parker was able to use the church’s bells to free himself from the symbiotes’ hold, as intense sounds are one of its weaknesses. But the symbiote didn’t go without a new host for long, as it quickly attached itself to the emotionally wrecked Eddie, and when they joined together, Venom was born.
Thanks to the symbiote’s time with Peter Parker, Venom has all the same abilities as Spider-Man, from wall-crawling to super strength greater than Spidey’s, to even shooting web-like material made from its own body. In addition to the inherited Spider-abilities, the symbiote can also heal its host more quickly, filter out toxic substances, share any memories it obtained from previous hosts and shape shift to camouflage or disguise itself. As if all these powers weren’t enough, Venom also can’t be detected by Spider-Man’s spider sense, although he didn’t inherit a spider sense of his own. As for weaknesses, intense sounds and fire are the main things that can bring him down.
8. Villain: Carnage will fill Venom‘s main villain position. Unlike Venom, Carnage doesn’t have a moral compass. Cletus Kasady was one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, guided by the mindset that only through chaos can one truly be free. Eventually, he was captured and sent to Ryker’s Island, where he shared a cell with Eddie Brock. When the Venom symbiote sneaked into the prison to re-bond with Eddie, it left behind an offspring, and because this alien species don’t feel any attachment to their children, Eddie’s symbiote didn’t clue him in on the “baby.” After Eddie’s escape, this new symbiote bonded with Kasady, turning him into Carnage and passing along the same spider-powers that the Venom symbiote inherited from Spider-Man (including super strength greater than Spidey and Venom’s) and natural abilities of a symbiote. Carnage is also able to shoot parts of its symbiote as weapons that disintegrate seconds later; something Venom can’t do.
With his powers and psychopathic mind, Carnage is one of the Marvel universe’s most dangerous villains, making him a great opponent for Venom on the big screen. No details about the Venom movie’s version of Carnage have been revealed yet, including whether it will remain an offspring of the original symbiote or if it’s a completely separate entity. Fortunately, Venom hates Carnage almost as much as he hates Spider-Man, so seeing the symbiote-powered characters clash on the big screen should be a treat.
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