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.
5 Comics to Read Before You See Deadpool 2
“He’s the breakout character of Deadpool 2, as well as the next step in Josh Brolin’s unlikely plan to play a comic book character in every cinematic universe. (Don’t forget that in addition to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War he also played Jonah Hex in the 2010 DC movie of the same name.) Yes, Cable is a time-traveling toughie fans have been waiting to see on the big screen for a long time and he’s finally here! What’s that? You don’t know who he is? You’re worried you’ll look like a n00b at the theater this weekend? Quit your fretting, friends; here are the five comic book runs you should check out for the best summation of everyone’s favorite gun-toting, half-man, half-machine.
New Mutants (Vol. 1) #87-100
The initial appearances of Cable are, in retrospect, fascinating historical documents that reveal how much of the character was in place from the beginning—notably, his iconography, despite costume changes from issue to issue—and how much wasn’t. As his characterization slowly cools into place, you get to see how a cypher cyborg from the future became a fan-favorite character. This run also offers up the first appearances of Deadpool and Domino (another Deadpool 2 highlight), if you’re into that sort of thing. (Creator Rob Liefeld was a productive man back in the day.)
How to read it: Available digitally and in the X-Force: Cable & the New Mutants print collection.
Cable (Vol. 1) #97-107
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Heartbreaking fact about Groot in Infinity War
I am… great. Seriously. It’s just really dusty in here.
Spoiler Alert: This article discusses the shocking ending of Infinity War, which you really should have seen by now.
We’re not crying you’re crying everyone’s crying.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has revealed an overwhelmingly sad fact about Groot in Avengers: Infinity War and yeah, we’re not ok.
What’s all this blubbering about? Groot’s final line, uttered as he once again evaporates from our lives into a cloud of Infinity Stone-inflicted nothingness. Thanos, ya jerk.
Gunn hopped on Twitter to answer a question on this line from a fan on Sunday, and dropped this devastating truth nugget:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 6, 2018
Groot’s final line, as he disintegrates into Thanos-clicked dust like many of your favourite Marvel heroes, is delivered to? Rocket.
Our bratty teenage space tree thinks of former freelance criminal and fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon as his dear ol’ dad, guys — so much so, that he broke his regular “I am Groot,” utterance tendency to say so. Someone hold me.
Yeah, folks on Twitter also lost their collective shit.
Groot’s last words being confirmed “Dad..” has broken me no one touch me
— ev barton-romanoff
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Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
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It doesn’t turn out so well. Thanos has the immediate upper hand thanks to his cosmic glove, and even though…”
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