Eddie Brock is a Man With Options in New Venom TV Spot

Toby Graves
October 5, 2018

Venom will follow Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as he becomes inhabited by the titular symbiote while investigating Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) and the Life Foundation. More recently, the Venom symbiote has been moving between hosts, including Mac Gargan (aka The Scorpion) and Peter Parker's old high school rival, Flash Thompson.

The first and most consequential of Venom's credits stingers features a rather abrupt jump to Eddie being escorted into a supermax prison by a guard, apparently on assignment for his newly resumed journalistic career. In a truly symbiotic relationship, they will influence each other, for better or worse...

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and written by Scott Rosenberg (Pain & Gain, Jumanji) & Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), the Venom film is set for an October 5, 2018 release date.

Koff explained, "Tom Hardy would spend twenty to thirty minutes with us in sound every morning and go through the scene for that day, reading and recording Venom and all the characters in the scene".

"We didn't want to make a movie that excluded any fans", he said. I'm shaking in my shoes at the thought. While Fleischer seems to have a darker, moodier film in mind, Hardy has the good sense to steer "Venom" in a more over-the-top direction, even if the movie around him can't catch up. One of the symbiotes, called Venom, escapes from the lab and takes up residence within Eddie, declaring that they make a good fit because Eddie's a loser and so is Venom, back on his home planet. "And I found that to be exciting because it is multi-personality; one is a human character and the other is an alien". I wanted to play both.

Eddie Brock is a helluva nice guy. The two of them have a union in one. He's having a great time arguing with Venom, even if we aren't always in on the joke.

In Sony's quest to mine the value of their intellectual property of the Marvel Spider-Man rights they possess, but without access to Spider-Man, the studio is running the risk of offering watered-down versions of fan-favorite characters to fans who hold the comic book incarnations of the characters in reverence. Although, it may be helpful to know he's a Spider-Man antihero who has abilities like shape-shifting and climbing tall skyscrapers. My son was telling me all about him - he loves Venom.

The Verdict: Like its title character, Venom is a curious, capricious creature that feels like it came from an entirely different world.

Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters looks to kick off strong with Venom poised to have a solid weekend at the box office. Thirty years later Venom is headlining his own feature, a villain as the title character of a major comic book film is a first for Marvel and Columbia Pictures, an experiment that could've been a victor, but the film is let down by a studio desperate for a PG-13 adventure and a script that can't decide on a tone.

Pulled from the pages of Issue #8 of Marvel Comics' 12-part "Secret Wars" superhero mash-up in 1984, Spider-Man comes in contact with a black-hued alien parasite (a living thinking being) which (after bonding with him) instantly gives the superhero unparalleled (additional) superpowers which includes enhanced agility and super strength.

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