‘Venom’ Director On How The Character Can Thrive Without Spider-Man


Venom director Ruben Fleischer recently explained why he feels that the character can lead his own film without Spider-Man.

The upcoming Sony/Marvel film Venom is set to hit theaters soon and some fans are still questioning whether or not the iconic Spider-Man foe can carry a nearly two-hour movie all on his own. Not only that, but the fact that Spidey seemingly plays no role in the film or the world at all has fans very worried about a Sony/Marvel universe filled with just Spidey villains.

According to director Ruben Fleischer, the titular symbiote has no problem holding a franchise on his shoulders. Fleischer recently sat down to talk with Fandango about the anti-hero origin film and when he was questioned about how Venom could handle a whole franchise without his iconic, witty foil, he didn’t seem to be worried.

“Venom is a standalone character who has so much attitude, menace and ferocity. He’s also really funny in the comics and in our movie. He’s a really compelling guy that can completely stand on his own. When he’s played by Tom Hardy, and Eddie Brock is his partner, that relationship is enough for one movie. It’s about these two entities coming together and forming one. That’s a really exciting and satisfying relationship that is unique to a comic book movie and also very captivating.”

Although some moviegoers may find it strange that Venom is headlining his own film without Spider-Man, he’s a character who has headlined his own book for years. Even today, the iconic anti-hero still has a book released each month from writer Donny Cates.

Are you excited to see Venom on the big screen next month? Let us know in the comments below!

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams, Scott Haze, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed, with Woody Harrelson.

Venom is set to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

Source: Fandango

  • Neuromancer

    The thing is, im not that interested in seeing the character out side of the context of spider mans world, that’s where all the possibilities are.

    its spidermans coming into contact with venom that propels his story in an interesting direction, without that its just like some anime, body suit cgi movie starring tom hardy where the antagonist will always be a different version of himself.

    aren’t we a bit tired of villain clones, and villains dressed in black with cgi powers?

    that’s why the mcu is so successful but it still lacks to to advantage of every aspect of the lore.

    people pay in hopes to see their favorite villain or character pop up on screen in their signature look, not the actor. That is why we go to see marvel movies because people love the characters, so its a disappointment when we go and see the german dude from inglorious Bas playing the german dude from inglorious bas.

    Or zola as a 1980s table top computer. They get some aspects right, but should those be right and these be wrong? why cant they all be done that way? and in a way as to not need much information. People obviously don’t question these movies since the flaws are clearly ignored or not noticed, or not even known they are there.

    Its worrying because its barley just gotten better in one movie, IW.

    but marvels success is based on those characters showing up correctly and accurately.

    With spiderman I feel like theres no chance we are ever going to see the character playing his role in new York, running into villains on the street, and seeing what seems like an every day bad guy encounter turn into a knock down drag out epic fight ala spider man 2 with venom, or carnage. Or even a proper green goblin or hob goblin.

    All those possibilities seem gone when venom is this stand alone thing that’s try to much to stand on its own when all the best aspects of the character are rooted in spiderman lore.

    But I guess people eat up wolverine vs wolverine, venom vs venom and the like, so these movies will never be any better than they are now until this kind of stuff is fixed, and good sign would be putting venom in the mcu and having him run into spiderman.

    could even be cool if spiderman came in like he was a villain and we saw things from venoms POV. that stuff could work, but alas, we get this.

    flubber fighters.