Making Venom Without Spider-Man Was "The Most Challenging Part"

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The cast seems to all know they're in a darker superhero movie, except Tom Hardy who is basically remaking Jim Carrey's Liar Liar. In "Venom", the spectacular but mostly derivative and generically plotted new comic-book origin story (it's the first installment of the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters), Tom Hardy is afflicted with an otherworldly force that invades his mind, his body, his very being.

That's about as bad as you can get when it comes to feedback and my low expectations have just gone rock bottom for this film.

Carnage is a far more unsafe symbiote than Venom in large part because its host is already an accomplished criminal before they bond.

Carnage is Venom's most famous adversary and the symbiotes have fought on the page numerous times, so it's not surprising that Sony are looking to sow the seeds of that conflict for future movies.

"Superhero fatigue" is a phrase frequently bandied around these days, for good reason, but Venom just about manages to stick its disgusting head above the fray because it is, well, just plain weird.

"If you're expecting Venom to be an average superhero film, you might be disappointed". There's also the question of the Symbiote's motivation-why does it ally itself with Eddie Brock, if not for their mutual hatred of Spider-Man? Says Fleischer, "Tom is one of the all-time great actors, just so inherently talented and captivating on film". Here, Eddie Brock exists in a universe without Spider-Man. If that sounds ridiculous, it is - but "Venom" both knows it and leans into it, playing up the dark humor until it's pitch black.

All that said, Venom is a movie for the masses.

Venom is a textbook case of a comic-book film that's unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura. "Venom is cool, man - he's a badass". Nevertheless, would I like to watch a 7-hour version of Venom? Yep! "And we tried to make it that there was just a real connection between Eddie and Venom, due to their common worldview". Fans fell in love with this outspoken and quirky anti-hero: enormous fangs, merciless mindset and all. Hollywood has been trying to bring the titular Marvel Comics character to the big screen for ages, with various different iterations from a number of filmmakers having been developed and then scrapped along the way. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers called the film a "puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel", and noted that "it's hell watching the mega-talented Hardy struggle with a mumbly American accent and a script that chokes the vibrant life out him".

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.

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