The lethal protector, Venom


Sony plans for Venom to launch its own franchise. In July 2017, Panitch indicated that future Venom films could crossover more with the Spider-Man films. Harrelson revealed in May 2018 that he was expected to have a larger role in a Venom sequel, describing this move as a roll of the dice since he was unable to read a script for the sequel before signing on to the first film.

Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
In Theaters: Oct 5, 2018
Studio: Columbia Pictures

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom. The first, official poster for Venom was released on February 7, 2018, and the image which features the character’s iconic white eyes against a black background.

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Screenplay by: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner
and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall

Based on the Marvel Comic
Produced by:
Avi Arad
Matt Tolmach
Amy Pascal

Executive Producers:
David Householter
Stan Lee

Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams
Riz Ahmed
Scott Haze
Reid Scott

Principal photography began on October 23, 2017, with filming set to take place in Atlanta and New York City. Marvel’s Iron Man cinematographer Matthew Libatique returned in that role for the film, while Oliver Scholl served as production designer after also doing so for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Williams was confirmed to have joined the film in November, with Sony organizing her filming schedule to ensure her availability for concurrent, unexpected reshoots on the film All the Money in the World.

In December, Fleischer and Hardy said that the film was “important to the Marvel universe”, and that it was primarily based on the Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes miniseries. Hardy added that, like the former comic, the film would be set in San Francisco. At that point, Woody Harrelson was in talks to portray a henchman in the film, and Williams was revealed to be portraying Anne Weying. Additional filming took place in San Francisco from January 16 to 26, 2018. Locations included Russian Hill, North Beach, Chinatown, and the Financial District. Hardy wrapped filming on January 27.

Venom has been one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien vests its victim with incredible powers. He made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter of whom worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, wrote the script for Venom. Plot details are being kept in the black but Hardy, who is said to be a Venom fan, will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom.

Ludwig Göransson signed on to compose the score for Venom in March 2018, reuniting with Fleischer after the pair worked together on the 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less. Having composed the music for Marvel’s Black Panther, Göransson said that he was interested in continuing to explore music for superhero films because “as a young film composer that is one of the things you dream of … superhero themes really resonate with audiences.


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