– by David Kozlowski

Marvel and Sony’s Venom film, starring Tom Hardy (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight Rises), is beginning to take shape and there’s a definite buzz about this project. Fox has lined up a tremendous cast and crew, they’ve hired WETA to create the visual effects, and there’s a major emphasis on practical stunts (hand-to-hand and firearms) too. The film is slated to go into production later this month, for an October 2018 release.

Aside from the lack of Spider-Man or any connection the MCU, the only outstanding worry is the aggressive schedule — films of this scope and scale tend to require 3-4 months of shooting followed by up to a year of post-production (we’re obviously well inside this window). Sony is being pretty opaque about the story and the script, but I’m rather a fan of keeping the plot under wraps for as long as possible.

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So, as much as we know about the Venom film today, we still don’t really know a heckuva lot. ScreenGeek caught up with Venom’s original Marvel Comics creator, Todd McFarlane to get his opinion on the film. Though McFarlane is not part of the project, he’s a vital source of insight and understanding regarding this character. McFarlane expressed optimism about Hardy’s casting in the featured role:

“It’ll be interesting. I’ve seen some movies of his where he can bring anger and a wide personality to it. To me, I think Tom Hardy’s going to be as good as whatever Venom looks like. We all know Tom’s going to act. He’s going to do a good job. So now what’s Venom gonna look like? It’s an R-rated movie, how ‘R’ are they going to go? To me, that’s the question. Are they going to go a ‘little bit R’? Venom’s a monster to me, and to me – are they going to make him a monster or are they going to make him a man? Are they going to humanize him? That’s what we gotta find out.”

The film’s producers have cited John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as inspirations, as they strive to create an R-rated, horror/sci-fi Venom film. Carpenter fans know that his films emphasize shadows, surprise, shock, and graphic violence in classics movies like Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), and The Thing (1982). Cronenberg’s works include The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), and A History of Violence (2005). If Venom can somehow mine some magic from these amazing films, we’re definitely in for something cool.

However, McFarlane raises some legitimate questions about the appearance of Venom and the willingness of the producers to go really dark. Venom (along with Hellboy and Spawn) has an opportunity to carve out a new sub-genre in the superhero space, let’s hope that everyone involved with the film has the guts to lean into the dirt and the blood and the grit, which is necessary to bring this monster to life.

Do you agree with McFarlane’s comments about Venom? Let us know in the comments down below!

Venom hits theaters on October 5, 2018.

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SOURCE: ScreenGeek

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Just because you want to emulate a great film maker does not mean that their final product will be as good of quality.
    And this project is dumb because it’s going to go against the character altogether. I guess if this is a one off stand alone film I won’t be too mad. If its entertaining and not trying to shoehorn things into the MCU then I guess what’s the harm. Sony gotta eat.

    • MoyBoto

      The harm is that it ruins the chances of a film where Spiderman and Venom go toe to toe.

  • Mike Spiteri

    Ahem, isn’t Sony the studio behind this movie?

    • You are correct. Mistake rectified. Sorry about that everyone.

  • Venomaide

    I wonder if hardy knows this isnt part of spider-man or marvel.

  • Glad that Marvel is not involved. Let’s get R rated.

  • Victor Roa

    McFarlane is trolling, he hasn’t touched Venom in 27 years, and even then his Venom best scene was this
    And that was effective since any Spidey fan knows “what if he knows peter’s identity.” that’s what he fears. And even in his 13 issue solo name run….. he was dark, but dark in inks….. he never really did anything really HARD R, so I call Shenanigans on this. I own every McFarlane Spider-Man book and he would easily make a PG 13 suspense thriller spider-man
    I think he’s trolling us, HE MAKES MOVIE TOYS OFF CULT FILMS!!! He knows we are worried as shit over Sony fucking it up.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.