Today, we get the first trailer from Sony’s new Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. As it’s only a teaser, we don’t get to see the symbiote in full action mode, but we get a healthy dose of Hardy as Eddie Brock, and at least a peek at the sentient black blob that will consume him. We’re sure to see more soon, as this is expected for an October 5th release, but for now, tell us what you think of the teaser!
For months, your Trusty Sidekicks have been bemoaning Sony for running out an ill-advised Venom movie on their own, off the back of Spidey being shifted to the larger MCU through a partnership with Disney. On our latest podcast (which you can catch the latest of here,) we even lament what we thought was causing this move by Sony, to flood us with Spiderverse characters out of defensive pride over giving up the storytelling reigns on their main Marvel character.
Not so much today. News has come out that Tom Holland has been shuttled from the Avengers: Infinity War set, to the Venom set, both filming in Georgia, for 2 days as Peter Parker in the Tom Hardy led Venom movie. Not only that, but rumor has it that the Carnage pic Tom Hardy leaked is actually indicative of the fact that Cletus Kasady will be the villain of the film, and will be the source of the additional symbiotes.
As it turns out, it’s very likely Feige and the Disney MCU team has been more involved with what’s going on in the Spiderverse than they wanted to let on. In fact, some of you may recall the Feige/Amy Pascal interview in which Pascal suggested as much, leading to one of the most hilarious Marvel press junket gifs of all time, the “Feige WTF” react (video below.) If it turns out, Feige and the MCU are parenting the entire Spiderverse, and it’s not just macho pride producing from Sony, it definitely changes our expectations for the success of not only Venom, but the upcoming Silver & Black as well. Does this change anything for you? Let us know!
Initially when it was announced that Riz Ahmed would by joining Sony’s solo Venom film there was much speculation that he may have been portraying Venom’s opposite Cleatus Kassidy aka Carnage. Well that may have changed as new information shows he may be playing another important character in the Venom world.
A photo posted with by Atlanta Filming identifies Ahmed as Dr. Drake — that is, Carlton Drake — a character with definite ties to Venom introduced in 1988 in The Amazing Spider-Man #298. Drake is the head of the corporate survivalist group the Life Foundation, which captured Venom and extracted from him five additional symbiotes: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony. (shown below)
Ahmed as Drake would certainly make sense, given that the film ris supposedly getting some of its influence from the 1993 Marvel Comics miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector, which introduces the other symbiotes (the 1995 crossover “Planet of the Symbiotes” is also said to serve as source material).
Drake is more than a one-trick pony, because he and the Life Foundation also rebuilt the robot Tri-Sentinel, and funded the Arachnis Project, with the intent of creating a race of Homo Arachnis. He was himself injected with the serum and transformed into a Homo Arachnis, which may or may not hint at the character’s arc in Venom.
Are you getting more interested or even intrigued with this film. Well just so you can mark it on your calendar the film is set to hit theaters on October 5, 2018
The Brazilian CCXP (Comic-Con Experience) is set to kick off and we are already getting a ton of new info. First up, are these banners for the new Tom Hardy-led, Venom movie. Rumors have reported that Hardy may be playing the no legs, bio suit, Flash Thompson version of the character, which makes the use of the symbiote looking mask a little questionable, but what about this production, other than the very capable actors cast, hasn’t been? We’ll keep reporting more as the day goes on, but be sure to check out our latest podcast for all your updates on what’s going on in the Marvel and DC live-action universes!
When Sony saw success coming from the joint venture with Marvel for Spider-Man, they quickly put the wheels in motion to revamp and re-up on their own Marvel-owned properties. Venom is currently in production as we speak with some mega watt signings, including Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, albeit in our least favorite, bio-suit version of the character.
Now, Sony has decided the next step will be to bring long-time Spidey villain Morbius, to the live-action world. Not only have they decided to make it, but Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Power Rangers, Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter) have written a script already!
For a long time, the Comics Code Authority didn’t allow supernatural characters to be used, which is silly in it’s own right. When the ban was lifted, Roy Thomas and Gil Kane created a character named Dr. Michael Morbius, who treats himself for a rare blood disease that he has, resulting in him obtaining vampire-like powers. He sustains himself by drinking blood, he’s got superhuman strength, flight, hypnotism, etc, plus none of the religious based, old school vampire weaknesses (garlic, holy water, crosses.) Although sunlight is a no-no, he just weakens in it, and he can’t shapeshift.
People have been clamoring to see this character in live-action for a while, but I’ve always found him to be one of the lesser villains, especially with plenty of Sinister Six baddies I’d much rather see (Kraven? Hello!) What are your thoughts? Hit us up here or elsewhere on social media and let us know!
New reports on the Venom movie are in and it looks like Tom Hardy is the only bright spot coming out of this mess. The Hashtag Show reported that instead of Eddie Brock coming into contact with the original alien symbiote (the Klyntarr,) a parasite that drove it’s connected human mad over time, this version will use the Ultimates Venom, a biosuit created by the parents of Eddie Brock and Peter Parker to help people with cancer. This is not one of our favorite iterations.
The movie is also looking to cast Ann Weying, a lawyer who is also Brock’s ex-wife in the comics. I’m all for that, but Weying does end up becoming She-Venom at some point, which we only oppose because the name is ridiculous. There’s still time, Tom. Run. Run away.
Well if the movie thats happening already doesn’t make much sense, where here’s more to add on to it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock will be facing off against Carnage. In the comics, Carnage is a symbiote, just like Venom, who attached to Brock’s prison cellmate, serial killer Cletus Kassidy.
As the story goes after Brock manages to escape prison by using the symbiote, some of it was left behind and attached to Kassidy, transforming him into Carnage. Carnage’s powers include shapeshifting, physical strength that’s more powerful than Venom and Spider-Man combined, and the ability to plant thoughts into people’s minds. Carnage is also more accepting and bonded with his symbiote and uses the term “I” as opposed to Brock who still is two separate entities.
The Hollywood Reporter has also heard that, even though Spider-Man star Tom Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, the plan is to still bring him into the spinoffs films, like Venom, as well as potentially other Marvel movies. Which let’s all be honest would only make ALL of the sense in the world.
Venom will open in theaters on October 5, 2018, with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer set to direct. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are producing the film. Reports suggest Venom will be of the action, horror, and sci-fi genres. Who would you like to see play the role of the Serial Super Killer opposite Tom Hardy?