‘Venom’ Concept Artist Reveals An Early Design For Tom Hardy’s Anti-Hero

Venom once had a look that was familiar yet fresh.

Venom concept artist David Masson has revealed an early design of Tom Hardy’s titular anti-hero for the 2018 superhero film.

Tom Hardy’s 2018 film Venom was a movie that threw everyone off. Critics did not care for it and currently only has a 30% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, the film still managed to earn well over $800M worldwide on a budget that has been reported to have been around $100M. A sequel was quickly put into the works with Tom Hardy returning and Lord of the Rings and Black Panther star Andy Serkis directing.

One of the many things that people commented on was the Venom symbiote itself and how odd it looked. Once upon a time, however, the character had a design in the Tom Hardy film that looked a little bit more grounded. In a recent post, Venom concept artist David Masson shared an earlier design for the titular character, showing a design that is similar but different from its film counterpart.

You can see the full post below:

What do you all make of this Venom design? Would you have rather seen a design similar to this in live-action then what ultimately ended up in the film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is the plot synopsis for the first Venom film:

The evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character – Venom! Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything including his job and fiancée. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers – transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.

Venom is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set to be released on June 25th, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming Tom Hardy film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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