Published On: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018

SDCC ‘Venom’ details emerge: Riot the main villain, sequels, trailer details

From SDCC comes a ton of information and news surrounding Sony’s Venom, centered on the black symbiote popular in the comic books, played by Tom Hardy. Full trailer description at the bottom.

Director Ruben Fleischer says Tom Holland (Spidey in the MCU) is not in the film, but a cameo or post-credit scene seems like the perfect setup for another film. Based on the “Lethal Protector” comic books, Venom will feature Riot as the main villain. That symbiote changes from person to person in the film, but will consume Riz Ahmed’s character to close out the film.

The new trailer features Venom delivering brutal beat downs to a variety of villains, human and symbiote alike, and closed out his showcase by eating a guy’s head clean off his body.

Hardy made his Hall H debut with the panel, explaining that he was drawn to the role of Eddie Brock for two reasons: “I just like the way he looks, first and foremost, and then there’s my son who’s a massive Venom fan.”

The image is below.

“He’s a documentary journalist who falls on hard times and out of favor with his partner and he’s a bit of a loser,” Hardy said. “He’s an anti-hero, so he’ll figure on a goal and he’ll do whatever he has to do to get to that goal, even if he has to do some naughty things to get there…. His ethical structure is off and he’s got no scruples.”

But he’s not a bad guys. Hardy added,  “He means well, he’s got a truly noble heart.”

Venom: Lethal Protector was a six-issue miniseries written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, Ron Lim, and Sam Delarosa. The series was published by Marvel Comics in 1993. The story 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. Venom is then hunted down by the Life Foundation, a group that wants to study the Venom symbiote for their own purposes. This results in the creation of five new symbiote spawn: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.

On Ahmed’s Carton Drake, who Hardy describes as a genius, billionaire an inventor. “He’s made a lot of breakthroughs in his time, and his foundation, the Life Foundation, is trying to envision what the future of life looks lite because the human race is almost done.” With environmental issues on the rise, Drake thinks the future is in space, so he explores that and that’s where he discovers the symbols. “He’s trying to do right by humanity and save the future,” Ahmed said,  “but as they say, to make an omelette you got to break some eggs”

Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams co-stars as Hardy’s other half, Anne Weying, Eddie Brock’s wife who later becomes She-Venom.

Reid Scott 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.

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 also stars with Jenny Slate, Mac Brandt, Sam Medina and Gail Gamble.

Woody Harrelson has an undisclosed role and 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.

In-depth footage description from ComicBook. Check it out below:

Eddie Brock enters a convenience store. He knows the lady here. She says he looks like shit. He’s not feeling well. She suggested to him previously that he medidate. At home, he puts a disc in his DVD player and while laying on the floor meditates. Flashes of him running through the woods kick in. He smacks his face on the couch. He pounds pills. He looks unwell and calls someone to say he’s feeling very sick. He awakens, startled. Later, he walks through an alley and sees Venom in the reflection of a car window before being flung against a wall.

Riz Ahmed’s character rules that human beings are disposable. Man and symbiote combined is the future. He tests one on a man who is bent out of shape violently. Eddie is tests later. As ra result, he brutally beats men in his apartment with Venom’s help. His motorcycles is sandwiched by cars but Venom holds them off.

Venom tells Eddie his previous life is over. Eddie doesn’t want to just hurt people. Venom emerges and talks to Eddie face to face. After Eddie’s body is bent and broken, Venom heals him and stands 10 feet tall. He holds a man up and licks his face.

Ahmed’s character is proud of his creation. Action scenes flash by. Eddie starts to come around on the power. His gal (Michelle Williams) seems concerned about that. A woman throws spikes out of her back and into civilians at a market. Venom’s arms turn into giant axes and he wipes out a slew of enemies. More action scenes. Venom fights Ahmed’s symbiote counterpart. Venom threatens to eat a man’s face off of his head who is bothering the woman in the convenience store. When he asks “What the hell are you,” half the face disappears and Eddie and Venom say, “We are Venom.” Then, he eats his head. Eddie emerges and says goodnight to the woman.


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