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While it was cause for celebration every time a new superhero film made it to theaters, it wasn’t easy growing up as a fan of characters like Wolverine, Carnage, and especially Venom. Even when the latter finally made his big screen debut, Sam Raimi pissed all over the character with the awful casting of Topher Grace. He would later reveal he didn’t understand the character’s motivation and was forced to pigeonhole the villain into his Spider-Man 3. Now, thanks to the success of comic adaptations, especially the R-rated blockbusters Logan and Deadpool, Sony is dipping their toes into the horror pool with Venom, spun from the web of Spider-Man. While the first trailer left much to be desired, the second won us hardcore fans over, even though the studio is fighting an uphill battle by refusing to acknowledge the web-slinger’s involvement to the general public.

Tom Hardy plays the title character, a reporter who comes into contact with an alien symbiote that becomes “one” with him. Todd McFarlane was the first to draw the character for Marvel comics (“Amazing Spider-Man” #298-300), with the evil Spier-Man counterpart quickly turning into a fan favorite. The second trailer revealed Venom is all of his glory, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Yet, the effects weren’t even completed. Nope. He looks even better. EW just shared two new photos from the film, one of the symbiote that looks like practical effects work. That’s some seriously good CGI.

The magazine also got some fresh story details, including a revisionist take on the source material.

Much like the comic, Eddie Brock is a journalist reeling from a recent scandal. Desperate to get back on top, he starts investigating the Life Foundation and its cryptic leader, Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Before long, Eddie is exposed to a slimy, tar-like alien known as a symbiote, which imbues him with extraordinary powers and takes up residence in his head, rent-free.

“There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do,” the British actor, 40, says. “There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s a tragic gift. It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”

The film leans heavily into Venom’s violent tendencies as well as the body horror that comes with sharing your skin with an alien. In forming this Venom, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) explained, “We talked a lot about a werewolf and what it is when you get infected or bit by a werewolf.”

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But although a man may transform into a wolf or Jekyll may transform into Hyde, Eddie Brock and Venom don’t really switch from one to the other: Instead, they occupy the same body at the same time and have to reluctantly learn how to coexist.

“Usually a human gets imbued with powers or an alien comes from outer space and has to figure out how to live on our Earth,” Fleischer told the site. “But this is really about a relationship between two people who have to work together to create this hybrid symbiotic relationship.”

But here’s the coolest bit from the interview: Hardy reveals that he created the symbiote’s creepy voice!

“It’s a bit like Ren and Stimpy, you know?” Hardy says, laughing. “They have different sounds. I always saw Venom as sounding like a James Brown lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock is kind of…” — he switches to an aw-shucks American accent — “I don’t know, an everyday kind of guy. But he’s inherited this massive ego, this beast.”

The result is a black-and-white hero whose morals are anything but. “There’s that biting-off-heads issue,” Hardy admits, “which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook.”

Watch for Venom in theaters October 5, 2018.

Thanks to EW for the interview bits!

Co-founded Bloody Disgusting in 2001. Producer on Southbound, the V/H/S trilogy, SiREN, Under the Bed, and A Horrible Way to Die. Chicago-based. Horror, pizza and basketball connoisseur. Taco Bell daily.


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