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Former Marvel artist Todd McFarlane revitalized the “Amazing Spider-Man” comics with the introduction of Eddie Brock’s Venom in issue #298. The character has become an icon who has seen the symbiote give birth to not only Carnage, but several other spawns that are all rumored to appear in the feature film adaptation later this year.
60 million people viewed the trailer for Sony’s Venom, which gave us our first ever look at Tom Hardy transforming into the title character. After a brief celebration among comic book purists, the conversation turned to Venom’s monstrous tongue, which Elizabeth Banks joked “looks like he’s eating a dick.”
With Venom’s tongue being the star of the trailer, Erik Larsen, who took over for McFarlane on later “Amazing Spider-Man” comics, reminisced about the origins of the monstrosity…and it’s not what we all thought. While I always remember Venom having a disgusting, serpent-like tongue, I never noticed that it was introduced in later “Spider-Man” comics, thanks to Larsen:
The movie is inspired by “Venom: Lethal Protector”, a six-episode limited series that gave Venom his first turn as an antihero. In it, Eddie Brock (Venom) moves to San Francisco where he’s captured and has a small portion of symbiote seeds plucked from his suit. They’re in turn used to create offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
As for “Planet of the Symbiotes”, another inspiration, Eddie Brock’s relationship is with his symbiote and the influence it has on him is explored. Also written by Michelinie, “Planet of the Symbiotes” follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider. (IGN)
Woody Harrelson is rumored to be playing Cletus Kasady, who becomes the vicious symbiote known as Carnage, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
The Ruben Fleischer-directed adaptation set for release on October 5, 2018.