One of the most beloved hero vs. villain dynamics in all of comic book history is between Spider-Man and Venom. We saw a glimpse at what that dynamic in live-action form could’ve been like in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, but it was sadly cut short. But with Tom Hardy now in the role as Eddie Brock, some are curious about how the dichotomy between Spider-Man’s heroism and Venom’s antiheroism will turn out.
Well, Hardy is pretty skeptical about how Spider-Man is truly a hero. Why you may ask? Well, Hardy is critical about the beloved webhead’s lycra suit. In a hilarious exchange during the press junket, Hardy and Ahmed discussed the merits of Spider-Man’s heroism as a young man who dons lycra to save the day:
Hardy: He’s a mate, but Spider-Man to me, I look at him and I’m like, that’s a kid who goes *thwip thwip*, and wears lycra. That’s what I see.
Ahmed: There’s nothing heroic about lycra? Is that what you’re saying?
Hardy: If you’re a figure skater, yes. If you’re on a bobsled team, yes. I don’t get putting on the lycra to fight crime.
Ahmed: What if you’re Usain Bolt? Usain Bolt wears lycra.
Hardy: Yes, but it’s not Spider-Man, is it?
Ahmed: So actually there’s an argument that some of the most heroic people on the planet wear lycra, actually.
Hardy: Yeah, for legitimate reasons.
Ahmed: But Spider-Man needs to wear lycra because he’s, like, bendy. Listen, Venom’s naked. Not everyone is that comfortable with their body.
So according to Hardy, the heroism of Spider-Man is questionable due to the fact that he sports a lycra suit to fight crime. Hilarious. Just imagine him and Tom Holland arguing about each other’s suits. Holland would have a fun time throwing numerous quips at his former Locke co-star.
Here is the synopsis for Venom:
One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
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.