Venom is a long-running Spider-Man antagonist, making his live-action debut in Spider-Man 3. This reboot will be the first spinoff in Sony’s new Spider-Man universe, boasting a surprisingly respectable cast. Here’s everything we know so far, including a quick guide to who (or what) Venom actually is.
Who is Venom?
Venom is a symbiotic lifeform that bonds with the body and mind of his host. Marvel introduced him as an experimental spider-suit, joining with Peter Parker and giving him a convenient set of extra powers. Peter gradually realized that the “suit” was having a damaging effect, and after escaping its clutches, Venom moved on to bond with Eddie Brock, the character played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3.
Venom’s role is somewhere between a villain and a disease, offering a unique opportunity for horror-influenced storytelling. A Venom movie could use body horror like The Fly, or focus on the psychological aspects of hosting an invasive alien consciousness. Marvel’s solo Venom comic explores the complex and codependent relationship between Eddie Brock and his symbiotic partner, and the movie will probably do something similar.
Before he joined forces with Venom, Eddie Brock was a journalist. In the first official photo from the movie, we see Tom Hardy holding a reporter’s notebook with questions about a pharmaceutical company called the Life Foundation.
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Venom movie cast
Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock and Venom, wrestling with literal and figurative inner demons. Michelle Williams will co-star in a rare non-indie role, playing Eddie Brock’s ex-wife, Ann Weying, a lawyer. Sony is keeping a lid on further information about the characters, with Hardy only sharing photos out of costume. At the moment, we don’t know what the Venom symbiote will look like onscreen.
The supporting cast is similarly exciting, including Woody Harrelson and Jenny Slate in undisclosed roles, and Riz Ahmed playing Dr. Carlton Drake, head of the Life Foundation. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less), with a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey).
Tom Holland is rumored to have a cameo as Spider-Man, although that hasn’t officially been confirmed by Sony. If you’re wondering whether that means Venom is part of the MCU… keep wondering, because Disney and Sony aren’t sure themselves.
Venom movie news
In Sony’s first interview from the Venom set, director Ruben Fleischer shared a few hints including the fact the story involves Seattle (Eddie Brock’s hometown), and is based on the comics Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes.
Venom movie trailer
We can expect a trailer sometime this summer, since filming wrapped at the end of January. In the meantime, fans have uploaded a few sneaky clips from outdoor film sets in Atlanta, including this scene between Eddie Brock and Ann Weying, and a moment where Tom Hardy wrestles with an invisible, pre-CGI symbiote.
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Venom movie release date
Venom comes out on Oct. 5, 2018.
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Here’s the Marvel movie watch list you didn’t know you needed
“A Marvel cinematic universe fan made a list of the correct order to watch the long catalog of superhero movies along with some brutally honest commentary.
It has gone viral, for all the right reasonsmostly because its so accurate.
It began when Victoria Aveyard, the New York Times-bestselling author of the book Red Queen, was asked by her roommate to create a checklist of theperfect order in which to watch the films.
From thatrequest, this beauty was born.
when your roommate asks for a Marvel watch list with commentary pic.twitter.com/a4v91EQGvW
— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) March 16, 2019
The advice is brutally upfront, and gives potential viewers a sense of the films before they even get started.
She calls Iron Man, the granddaddy of them all, while Iron Man 2 is trash.
And for Thor, well she advises to just ignore Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first Thor movie. She appeared later inThor 2: The Dark World, which Aveyard calls “silly.”
She goes on to call the Guardians of the Galaxy fun, and describes Doctor Strange as if House was a Wizard.
Oh, and if youre thinking of watchingIncredible Hulk at all…just don’t.
Aveyard wrote that her comments were intended to guide her roommate, who doesnt like war.
But other Marvel fans stand behind her list.
This is outstanding.
— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) March 16, 2019
skip incredible Hulk’s the best advice pic.twitter.com/O8KluT7QCc
— Leo Oliveira (@souoleoedai) March 16, 2019
IF HOUSE WAS A WIZARD.
IT CANT GET MORE ACCURATE THAN THIS https://t.co/zKHeWmPTNu
— Tri #Bye (@hamsterkookie) March 16, 2019
This list is made valid by “Michael Keaton is BDE” https://t.co/ky3wZTEvuI
— Kiara Bermudez (@QueenKiara20) March 16, 2019
‘ignore natalie portman, x2 attention tom hiddleston’ yoooo https://t.co/miScGdHKcx
Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules
From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways
“If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work.
The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, prompted predictions that we may ultimately see storylines riffing on the 2008 Secret Invasion storyline, in which various members of the Avengers are replaced by extraterrestrial interlopers. In the comics, the Skrull are usually evil and often bent on invading Earth and taking it for themselves. So the fact that Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks.
To twist that narrative on its head and make the Skrull the victims of a race of fascistic alien warriors, the Kree, was the kind of masterstroke that only Marvel could pull off. Any other studio would have faced accusations of subverting canon, but the Disney-owned studio has done such a great job of creating its cinematic universe that it has credit in spades from fans.
We trust that if Marvel has chosen to alter the way the MCU works for the big screen, there must be a good reason. And here, there is: it is the involvement of the Skrull, and the revelation that they are not the bad guys after all, that allows Danvers to escape her straitened existence as a sort of Kree pet and achieve her destiny as Captain Marvel…………………………………………………………….”
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