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‘Venom’ Wins Box Office for the Second Weekend

Fortune has a report that Venom has stood tall at the box office for the second week in a row. While reviews of the film have been mixed, fans still are coming out in droves to support the beloved character. Venom earned an estimated $35.7 million this weekend and topped First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and A Star is Born.

Based in the Sony Universe, Venom is unlike most of its fellow Marvel titles adding more of a gritty feel with more chaos and carnage. While that could be a recipe for disaster as most comic book fans love anything with a cape, Sony announced that the movie raked in $378.1 million globally. read more

‘Venom’ Sets a New October Record at the Weekend Box Office

Despite primarily negative reviews and the lack of other spider-characters to rely on, Sony’s Venom set box office records this weekend, earning over $80 million in receipts.  Venom now holds the record for the highest grossing 3-day opening in October, defeating the previous record holder (Gravity) by almost $25 million dollars.

This total is even more impressive considering that Venom’s current aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes is only 32%.  The film has performed better with fans however, who gave the nasty symbiote a B+ on Cinema Score and a 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.  Venom should see a steep decline next weekend, but with few superhero-related properties on the horizon, the film will certainly improve on its already healthy take at the box office. read more

‘Venom’ Director Ruben Fleischer Promises that the Violence in the Film will be “Pushed to the Hilt”

In a recent interview with the LA Times, the director of Sony’s Venom insists that he didn’t skimp out on any Venom-style mayhem in the film, promising that the violence in the film will be “pushed to the hilt”.

Fleischer went on to explain that his film was made to stand-out from the typical super-hero fare of the day, saying that he felt “…like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different.  Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.” read more

Todd McFarlane Tweaks Character Design of Upcoming ‘Venom’ Movie in New Video

Todd McFarlane- the legendary comic book artist behind the original character design of Venom- seems pretty hyped about how his creation will look in the upcoming Sony Pictures film starring Tom Hardy. In a new Facebook Live video, McFarlane praises the design of the character, such as his ape-like shoulders and imposing size. He also tweaks a screenshot taken from the new trailer for the film and makes a few adjustments to show his fans how the design could look more like his original work. McFarlane’s version features slightly different eyes and more gnarled teeth, with the back fangs being slightly more hidden by his cheeks. You can watch the entire process for yourself below: read more

New ‘Venom’ Trailer Shows off the Symbiote in Action

Sony’s earlier trailers for Venom largely focused on the fantastic Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, with only a few fleeting moments of his symbiotic suit flashing across the screen. That all changes with today’s new clip!

Venom’s official second trailer shows the symbiote talking, the symbiote making a giant shield, and the symbiote turning its arms into big swinging axe-like pendulums as they often do in the comics and video games. Riz Ahmed’s character, Dr. Carlton Drake, has some moments to share his twisted vision which ultimately leads to the fusion between Brock and the alien life form. read more

Sony Unveils New Trailer for Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ at CinemaCon

Tom Hardy appeared at opening night of CinemaCon on Monday evening to show off a new trailer for his upcoming film featuring everyone’s favorite symbiote, Venom! The new clip features the first footage of Hardy in the iconic costume, as well as more hints as to what the movie will be about.

Based on the new footage, it’s clear that Hardy’s Eddie Brock  will be the deeply conflicted anti-hero from the pages of the comic book. While there’s certainly an explosion or two, the trailer shows this film is going to have a darker tone than your typical Marvel cinematic universe movie. You can watch the full trailer below: read more

Sony Unleashes Teaser Trailer and Poster Art for Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’

Just 11 days after principal photography has officially wrapped, Marvel monster fans already have a first look at Tom Hardy as Venom in the upcoming Sony movie of the same name! In an aggressive promotional move, the studio published the first teaser poster artwork on its official Twitter feed to announce the arrival of today’s teaser trailer:

Clocking in at one minute and forty-nine seconds, the new video primarily focuses on Hardy as Eddie Brock. In stark contrast to the standard superhero cinema fare of today, Venom appears to be a much more gritty and personal film than Sony’s recent bubblegum-pop presentation of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The trailer’s voiceover provides a further hint at the inner demons which will be on full display in Venom: read more

Tom Hardy Announces Principal Photography for ‘Venom’ Movie Has Wrapped

Marvel Comics fans are one step closer to seeing their favorite symbiote on the silver screen! After months of speculation and excitement, Tom Hardy took to Instagram to announce that principal photography on the upcoming standalone Venom movie has officially wrapped. Hardy included a picture of himself in the make-up chair, presumably after his final performance in costume concluded:

Wrapped life back Bye ?

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Horror News Network reported back in May of 2017 that Tom Hardy would star as Eddie Brock/Venom in the upcoming Sony Pictures production. Since then, Sony Pictures clarified that the film will not feature Spider-Man, and would not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shooting began on Venom in Atlanta and New York City in October of 2017. In December, Hardy told fans at Sony’s presentation at Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil that the film will be based on the Venom: Lethal Protector comic book miniseries, which first hit newsstands in 1993. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and it will also star Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate. read more

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, and Stephen Knight to Follow ‘Taboo’ with ‘A Christmas Carol’ Adaptation

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), and Stephen Knight (Peaky Blinders) recently collaborated on the historical supernatural/suspense drama Taboo, which aired on FX stateside and on BBC across the pond. The series featured Hardy’s signature intense and nuanced performance alongside Scott’s and Knight’s knack for storytelling. Taboo will fortunately be returning for another season, but the talented trio also have an additional project on their plates: the group will now adapt A Christmas Carol and several other books by Charles Dickens for BBC One. read more

‘Venom’ Movie Will Exist Separately from Marvel Cinematic Universe

Bad news just broke for anyone hoping to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy: at this time the two franchises will exist in totally separate universes! While the news isn’t exactly shocking to fans who are familiar with the conditions of Marvel movie deals, it’s still disappointing to know that there’s little hope of Spider-Man existing within the world of Venom.

This confusing development is directly connected to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the cinematic rights to all of their characters. Due to Marvel’s financial uncertainty and related dealings in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, there’s a big difference between movies which exist in the Marvel Universe and movies which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until the anomaly known as this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, studios who own the cinematic rights to Spidey, the X-Men, and others, have been solely responsible for producing their respective movies. The disaster that was 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 created an unusual opportunity for Sony and Marvel Studios to forget that version of the franchise and create a new one in the image of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, Tom Holland got to appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios handled development and called all of the creative shots for Sony’s Homecoming. read more