‘Venom’ Co-Creator Todd McFarlane Weighs In On Tom Hardy’s Casting

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While the idea of a Venom solo movie that is completely disconnected to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t seem very popular among die-hard Marvel Comics fans at first, since the film was announced there have been several subsequent revelations that have warmed a lot of fans up to the idea, including the film’s rumored villain, its rating, and its lead actor, Tom Hardy.

During an interview with ScreenGeek at New York Comic Con this past weekend, original Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane shared his thoughts on the casting of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Sony Picture’s solo film, stating:

“It’ll be interesting. I’ve seen some movies of his where he can bring anger and a wide personality to it. To me, I think Tom Hardy’s going to be as good as whatever Venom looks like. We all know Tom’s going to act. He’s going to do a good job. So now what’s Venom gonna look like? It’s an R-rated movie, how ‘R’ are they going to go? To me, that’s the question. Are they going to go a ‘little bit R’? Venom’s a monster to me, and to me – are they going to make him a monster or are they going to make him a man? Are they going to humanize him? That’s what we gotta find out.”

Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, as well as Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, with Jenny Slate also in talks to join the cast. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is set to direct from a script originally written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), and re-written by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey). Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the film.

Sony’s Venom is a standalone Spider-Man spinoff, that is separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will not feature Tom Holland’s webslinger. While plot details still remain under wraps, the film is said to be an origin story of sorts for Eddie Brock’s Venom.

Venom is currently slated for an October 5, 2018 release. Stay tuned right here on Heroic Hollywood for all the latest Venom news.

Source: ScreenGeek

6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good

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A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.

Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.

But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).