There seems to exist a number of divisions in fandom when it comes to Sony’s upcoming Venom. There are those who are excited to see it. There are those who could care less. There are some who, let’s call them the MCU-or-bust crowd, would write this off merely because it’s not a Marvel Studios product, and then there’s the general audience that’s just looking for another movie to watch.
Still, like most adaptations of comic book properties, whether the interest is good or bad, there’s usually a level of intrigue and desire to at least check it out to see how it performs, not to mention how a studio has adapted a property or character that is well beloved by fans of said franchise. Not to mention that Sony is looking to right the slight missteps made the last time they brought Venom to the big screen, although not even naming him that, when Topher Grace took on the role in Spider-Man 3.
So it’s safe to say that there are a lot of eyes on Venom, which hits theaters this weekend, and Sony has assembled a strong cast of players for the first in its universe of Spider-Man characters. And depending on how it both lands with audience and performs at the box office could determine not just the future of Venom from a critical and financial perspective, but what reverberations this could have for the rest of its cinematic universe.
Luckily, at least according to one surveyed group, there is indeed a lot of interest in Venom. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s turn our attention to Atom Tickets, a service that allows you to purchase tickets and make reservations ahead of time. Based on a survey of Atom Tickets users, Venom ranks as the most anticipated movie of the fall. Alisha Grauso, editorial lead at Atom Tickets, noted that even fans with reservations about the film itself are interested to see what Tom Hardy brings to the film.
Admittedly, there’s no number noted of just how many people were surveyed, so it’s hard to get a sense of how this interest may translate to numbers when the film hits theaters this weekend, but we will tell as the Spider-Man villain swings his way into theaters this weekend. Are you excited for Venom? Could you care less? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson. The film hits theaters this weekend.