Having an MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) version of Spider-Man is great, but did we really need Sony to produce a film centering around the sometimes villain/sometimes anti-hero? Who cares! It features Tom Hardy himself as Eddie Brock and in the end, isn’t that enough to reel in fans? It’s enough to make us stop asking how does this movie in anyway associate itself with the MCU and Tom Holland’s Spidey?
In all seriousness though, with a new age of superhero films, we need a movie centered around someone unexpected. There have been a handful of Batman and Superman remakes. Spider-Man himself has had three live versions. It’s time for someone unexpected to make a splash. And considering Venom’s last big screen debut was in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3, he needed some sprucing up.
While Marvel has usually featured a “lighter” tone in its films, Sony’s Venom promises a darker take on the antihero. If there’s anything that 2017 taught us, it’s that darker tones to superhero movies have positive results. Logan was very well received and if no one from that cast wins an Oscar, it’ll be robbery. Along with that, The Punisher was described by some as the best Marvel show Netflix has to offer.
Side Note: There’s definitely an art to making a movie dark. It has to be edgy and touch upon tangeable themes. Unlike the Justice League.
Based on this image, provided by IGN, we see Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist for The Daily Globe. There’s not a whole lot to get from just one picture, but IGN was gracious enough to put out a panel from Brazil, where Hardy and director Ruben Fleischer revealed some details for their upcoming film. At the panel, they told the audience their intentions of keeping true to the comic books, as well as showing some of their sets in Atlanta, GA.
One of my favorite performances, and one that I think put Hardy on the mainstream map; was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and he was supposed to play Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. I’m overjoyed that one of my favorite (and most talented) actors is going to be (sorta) in the MCU. Whether Hardy’s Venom and Holland’s Spider-Man will ever collide is unknown, but we can imagine.
Follow the Venom Twitter page for updates! Catch the movie October 5, 2018.