While there isn’t too much information on Sony’s upcoming adaptation of Venom starring Tom Hardy, we recently learned a bit more from Comic-Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sony’s focus at CCE was no doubt the reveal of the first trailer for the upcoming animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but director Ruben Fleischer took a bit of time to tease the upcoming Venom film as well.
Fleischer, who appeared live via satellite to discuss the film, revealed the source material he will be adapting for the Venom film, which up to this point has been a bit up in the air, despite knowing that Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock, the most popular and well-known character to wear the Venom symbiote. The movie will apparently tackle events from the Lethal Protector series from David Michelinie and Mark Bagley, which saw Venom head to San Francisco to become the guardian of an underground city after he made a deal with Spider-Man to stop killing, ushering in the anti-hero phase of the character. The series also saw the debut of five new symbiotes – Scream, Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot – offspring forcibly removed from the Venom symbiote by the sinister Life Foundation.
The second series mentioned is Planet of the Symbiotes, a mini-series also written by Michelinie that saw an invasion of Earth by the race of symbiotes Venom’s costume is originally from. In the series, Venom teams up with Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider (Spidey’s clone) to push back the invading forces. It’s interesting to think how these two storylines could be mashed together for the film, especially with reports that Carnage will be playing a role as the big baddie, as that character didn’t feature in Lethal Protector, though he did make an appearance in Planet of the Symbiotes. Could we see the role of the five new symbiotes replaced with Carnage, whose existence might come about due to the manipulations of the Life Foundation? Could Carnage kick off the invasion of the symbiotes somehow?
We’ll have to keep speculating on that, as the only other revelations from CCE teased a working logo for the film, as well as the first bit of promotional art we’ve seen on display anywhere:
The promo art teases the familiar way Eddie refers to himself and the Venom symbiote as “we,” while giving us our first look at the classic face of Venom, further confirming that we’re likely to see the original alien costume instead of the more militaristic version worn by Flash Thompson, despite recent set photos that teased Hardy in tactical armor. Our money is still on an amalgamation of the two characters to make this version of Venom work without Spider-Man in their universe, who is presently tied up with the MCU in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Keep it locked to GEEK for more on Venom as we are sure to start seeing more promotional art and information revealed soon.
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