Following a successful opening weekend for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel fans are already very much looking ahead to the announced spidey spin-off movie Venom. With Sony and Marvel having landed a top tier duo in Tom Hardy, who will star in the lead role, and director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) the film could be yet another standout performer for the coalition.
Kevin Feige recently gave confirmation that Venom will indeed fall under the MCU umbrella, a big relief for many, and no doubt Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will play some sort of important role in bringing the character into the landscape. Questions still remain as to the movie’s rating which many believed would be a hard R (15/18) given the fact of Hardy’s involvement and the character’s violent tendencies. Whether or not Feige will allow for an R-rated MCU film is unclear at this point, but given the recent success of films such as Logan and Deadpool it could very well happen and with new reports that Carnage will be the movie’s villain that seems even more likely.
THR sat down with Sony chairman Tom Rothman, who spilled new details on the Venom project, announcing that Carnage will be the film’s baddy:
As for the expansion plans, Tom Hardy is starring in Venom, dated for Oct. 5, 2018, which will also feature the villain Carnage. A source says Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, but the intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War).
Carnage seems the best option for a foe in Venom’s first outing as the pairs’ backstory is so intertwined. In the source material, an alien symbiote binds itself to a man named Eddie Brock while he is imprisoned on Alcatraz Island. Whilst there, Brock has a cellmate by the name of Cletus Kasady who was a sadistic serial killer, and the symbiote ‘gives birth’ to an offspring that finds its way onto Kasady. While the symbiote turns Brock into Venom, the symbiote’s offspring turns Kasady into Carnage. The difference between Carnage and Venom is that while Brock’s moral compass means that as Venom he won’t just go around killing everybody (only seeking to destroy Spider-Man), Kasady is a psychopath with no moral compass and therefore as Carnage he is an unstoppable killing machine. Carnage, being the offspring of Venom, also possesses a couple of extra abilities than Venom in that he can create constructs separate from his body (he can make weapons for himself for example). In fact, Spider-Man and Venom have had to team up in the past in order to take the blood red creature down.
Venom leaps onto cinema screens October 5th, 2018