Spider-Man fans are waiting with intense curiosity to see how Sony’s upcoming Venom movie plays out. While some aren’t fond of the idea of the symbiotic supervillain being split from his web-headed nemesis, the casting of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock has gone a long way to igniting interest in the project.
So far, the production has been kept mostly under wraps, but as filming continues down in Atlanta, we’re beginning to see more and more of the pic. Just a few days ago, for instance, we got a look at the first poster and now, thanks to Sony’s presentation during Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo Brazil, some confirmation on which comic book storyline the movie will adapt has arrived.
Speaking to fans in a message recorded from the set, Hardy promised that he’d be bringing tons of action and dark humor to the role, while also stating that Venom is hugely important to the Marvel Universe and, last but not least, it’ll be inspired by the Lethal Predator miniseries – as was previously rumored.
For those who may not know, Lethal Protector was the character’s first ever solo series, which would make it the natural pick for his first solo movie, too. Most notably, it saw Eddie Brock attempt to redeem himself for his past crimes, even burying the hatchet with Spider-Man and moving from New York to San Francisco. However, the father of one of his victims hires The Jury to kill him. The story also introduces five new symbiote villains for Venom to fight: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony.
With the exception of Spider-Man and a few other details (The Jury are decked out in Stark weaponry in the comics, for instance), Lethal Protector does seem to offer everything Sony would want from Venom. It would introduce him as an anti-hero rather than a villain and would immediately set up a shed-load of symbiotes. After all, without Peter Parker on board, the film will have to build a mythology around the titular character to fuel several future movies.
Directing from a script penned by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Rueben Fleischer’s Venom is expected to launch into theaters on October 5th, 2018, and when it does, it’ll use motion-capture CGI to render the titular alien symbiote. So similar to how Topher Grace’s performance was captured in Spider-Man 3, then.