Sony Pictures is already deep into production on Venom, their R-rated Spider-Man spinoff that focuses on the popular anti-villain that first appeared onscreen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. With an October 5, 2018, release date locked in, the studio used this past weekend’s Sao Paulo’s Comic Con Experience as a launching point for their marketing campaign.
While star Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock in the Ruben Fleischer-directed film, was unable to attend, the studio did share a recorded message in which he promised fans he’d do the character justice, explained Comicbook. He further added that the movie would be inspired by 1993’s “Lethal Protector” six-issue miniseries written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, Ron Lim, and Sam Delarosa.
“Venom: Lethal Protector” begins with Venom and Spider-Man agreeing to a truce and Venom moving to San Francisco. Once in San Francisco, Venom is attacked by the son of one of his past victims and his hunted down by the Life Foundation, who want to study the Venom symbiote and use it for their own purposes. This results in the creation of five new symbiote spawn: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
While this offers some clarity, it’s also caused a bit of confusion. Will we actually see the five symbiotes in Venom or will the Life Foundation be the new origin story behind Carnage (rumored to be played by Riz Ahmed)? It’s possible they’re using the “Lethal Protector” story structure to both aid in Venom being the protagonist and also explaining how Cletus Kasady becomes Carnage. It’s very possible they’ll write-out the five symbiotes… or maybe they’ll use it to set up a sequel?
This isn’t even the biggest news out of the Comic Con. This past weekend Sony revealed the film’s logo that harkened back to Todd McFarlane‘s original art from 1988.