In a recent interview, Venom movie director Alex Kurtzman revealed that a lot of thought was put into the adaptation process, indicating that there is a chance that the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off might not feature the character most expect.
Like many comic-book characters (e.g. Black Adam), there have been several versions of Venom in the Marvel universe, and choosing which one to bring to the big screen has been a big challenge for Kurtzman.
“I would not say it’s an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we’re making the right choices for a character that’s so beloved,” Kurtzman told Comic Book Resources.
While Eddie Brock — most recently played by Topher Grace in Spiderman 3 — is the most famous host for the symbiote, he hasn’t been the only symbiote and there is no guarantee that the movie will be based around him.
Flash Thompson, the current host of the symbiote in the Marvel universe, is probably what made Kurtzman’s decision very difficult. As an ex-soldier, his ‘Agent Venom’ persona is more heroic than any other iterations of Venom and has proven popular with fans. Additionally, his military bent would further differentiate him from Spider-Man, providing viewers with a more interesting dichotomy than simply having a story about two web-slinging superbeings.
Even though Eddie Brock remains the most likely candidate to star in the movie, it is interesting to know that Kurtzman had options. What version of Venom would you like to see in the Venom spin-off? Let us know who and why in the comment section.
Venom is set to release sometime in 2017, featuring a story written by Ed Solomon.
Here’s Who Plays Who In The Witcher Netflix Series
There are up to 50 actors in the promising Netflix Series, least of which is Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the iconic White Wolf.
Henry Cavill wasn’t kidding when he expressed a desire to join Netflix’s The Witcher.
The British actor, best know for playing Superman in the Man of Steel and Justice League movies, is a fan of both the fantasy novels and CD Projekt’s RPG series, letting it be known that he would love to play Geralt of Rivia. His wish has come true.
Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) will star alongside Cavill as Ciri, Geralt’s adoptive daughter in The Witcher series, while badass sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders). Yennefer is also Ciri’s mother figure and Geralt’s true love.
Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) takes the helm as Queen Calanthe, with Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) serving as the the knight Eist, her husband. Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) plays Mousesack the druid.
Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List) leads the magical academy at Aretuza, where novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile) are training.
Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
It seems like a good mix of newcomers and star talent. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that the cast is currently up to 50 actors, and over 200 people auditioned for the Ciri role alone.
Are you satisfied with the casting for The Witcher Netflix Series? What changes would you make?
Here’s Why Carnage Wasn’t In The Venom Movie
Most comic book fans expected Carnage to be the main villain.
The nut job villain was originally intended to be in the Venom movie, but director Ruben Fleischer chose to exclude him in favor of another symbiote, Riot. There is a reason for that.
In an interview with CBR, Flesicher admitted that its the keenness of fans to see Carnage that led Sony to keep him out of the first movie and save him for the sequel. He stated:
“I think, you know, there’s a certain symbiote spawn that I think fans are most excited to see. So that one was off the table. Hopefully at some point in the future they will. So we wanted to save kind of the most anticipated one for the future. And not just that, but because we really wanted this movie to be about Venom.”
As for why he chose Riot over the dozen or so symbiotes that exist in the Marvel universe, he explained:
“…it was just honestly kind of like, who’s the coolest looking spawn who isn’t that one? The most badass, you know? That’s where Riot came from. He’s the biggest of the Life Foundation symbiotes, he’s got that gun metal grey. I don’t want to say it was purely an aesthetic decision, but the aesthetics definitely played a big part.”
Cletus Kasady, Carnage’s host, actually makes a very brief appearance in the mid-credits scene of Venom, setting the symbiote up for a starring role in the sequel. And speaking to CinemaBlend about the cameo, Fleischer stated he couldn’t envisioned anyone other than Woody Harrelson for the role:
“He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady, you know, he can go real dark and explore that.”
Like most comic book fans, we can’t wait to see Venom and Carnage clash on the big screen, but leaving out the crazed symbiote in such a pivotal movie for Sony was a risky move. It’s a good thing Venom was a box office hit, surprising as it may be, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
How do you envision Carnage in Venom 2? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Critics Hate The Venom Movie, But You Loved It
Your appreciation and enjoyment helped make Venom a surprising hit in theaters.
Despite less than stellar reviews from critics — it has an average score of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and 35% on Metacritic — audiences certainly reacted positively to Venom. The Tom Hardy-starring solo movie opened at $205.2 million worldwide, beating expectations.
Venom‘s success is more a testament to the badass comic book anti-villain’s appeal to the masses and Hardy’s acting chops than the movie’s plot, direction or production value.
Venom pulled in $80 million in the United States, well above tracking estimates of between $55 million and $65 million, and ahead of the $75.8 million grossed by Marvel Studios superhero summer blockbuster Ant-Man and the Wasp.
That figure also sets a new October record, which was previously held by Gravity ($55.7 million).
Factor in the addition $125.2 million garnered internationally (not including China, where it hasn’t been released as of the time of this writing) and a modest budget of around $100 million, and it’s easy to see why Venom 2 is already in the works.
Have you watched the Venom movie? If so, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.