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Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2018

‘Venom’ may be PG-13, but an ‘uncut version’ may come later, new posters highlight the ‘tongue’

Some fans may be disappointed by the news on Venom, the upcoming film adapting the popular anti-hero to the big screen: it will have a PG-13 rating and be just under two hours long.

Many expected that Sony would pursue an R-rating, like Fox did with Deadpool and Logan, but the Spider-Man ties and Marvel influence likely squashed that plan.

That said, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) reveals that a Venom unrated cut shouldn’t be ruled out: “I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’ll have to see where it lands, I guess, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Fleischer reveals in the same interview that Venom sets itself apart from other comic book movies by its gritty qualities.

“When I set out to make the movie, I wanted to distinguish the film tonally, and I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic. Those were the aspects: darker, edgier, grittier. I think Tom Hardy embodies all of those qualities. The combination of Tom, Venom the character, and then the look of the film, which we really tried to make look, like I just said, edgy and gritty and dark and grounded of this world.”

Check out the new posters at the bottom.

Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One) stars as the film’s “villain,” Carlton Drake. Drake heads the Life Foundation and believes that the key to saving humanity is bonding them with symbiotes.

Comic book fans will know that Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) ultimately becomes She-Venom and there was silence, except for Williams, who did say that, “She-Venom would be a dream come true!”

Reid Scott (Veep) has been cast as Patrick Mulligan, a police officer who ultimately becomes the RED symbiote named Carnage. The popular red symbiote is more unstable and dangerous than Venom.

Jenny Slate (voice actor on Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me 3) can be seen in the footage as the awkward scientist, Dr. Dora Skirth.

Some other cast include: Michelle Lee is Donna Diego, a yellow and red creepy symbiote named Scream. What is strange is that IMDB listed Sailor Larocque as Donna Diego/Scream, so perhaps there is more to this story or Sailor is doing the motion capture part.

Venom was scripted by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beal.

Scott Haze will play Roland Treece, a corrupt businessman introduced in Lethal Protector #3. He stars with Mac Brandt, Sam Medina and Gail Gamble.

Tom Holland is expected to make cameo (rumored to be an after credit stinger), likely as Peter Parker, not as Spidey.

Venom arrives in theaters October 5, 2018.

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