Footage from Sony Pictures’ “Venom” screened at the San Diego Comic-Con on Friday with an extensive look at Tom Hardy’s character in full symbiote form. As a result it was confirmed that the character’s iconic white spider chest logo will NOT be a part of his appearance in the film.
Speaking with IGN in the wake of the footage screened, the film’s helmer Ruben Fleischer explained the change to his appearance and confirms we should not expect any Spider-Man crossover:
“If you look at the comics, in Venom, there is just elements of white within his suit. Because our character does not originate from Spider-Man, it makes no sense to put a spider on his chest. We tried to be as accurate as we possibly could, even though some people feel it’s inaccurate, but there is a lot of white and we wanted to give him a distinctive pattern.”
So if they’re not including the spider, why include white elements at all? There’s a practical reason for it, namely so that the character doesn’t entirely disappear in night scenes:
“If you have an all-black character, especially in night scenes, he just kind of disappears. Since we couldn’t use the Spider-Man symbol, we wanted to give him another graphic element, and those veins that kind of form a shape on his chest was an original idea that we just thought looked really cool.”
The Comic-Con trailer for “Venom” was not released online, but at least one more full trailer is expected before the film’s release on October 4th.