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.
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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.