The upcoming “Venom” film will mark the second time the “Spider-Man” comics character has been done in live-action form on the big screen. The first was 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” in which Topher Grace played the role of Eddie Brock/Venom.
That film’s director Sam Raimi famously argued with the producers about including Venom in the film and so reluctantly incorporated him into the action – resulting in a compromised film and character who was widely seen as a let down compared to the comics version.
Now Grace, coming off rave reviews for his role as KKK leader David Duke in Spike Lee’s “BlacKKKlansman,” has spoken with Inverse about the upcoming Tom Hardy-led “Venom” solo film which looks to be a more accurate take on the character going forward:
“To me – I truly mean this – I think Tom is the guy to play that role. I’m thrilled to watch it as a fan. I really mean that. I think he’s just the best dude. He’s proven he can do comic book villains amazing. I understand Sam’s interpretation, which was to do a dark version of Tobey [Maguire]’s character. I was thrilled because I was such a fan of the character, but I was aware of how it was different from what I had grown up reading. I thought it was cool, but I’m really excited to see [Tom Hardy’s version]. That’s the character I grew up with.”
Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed co-star in the San Francisco-set “Venom” about a man who becomes exposed to a symbiote and bonds with it. That film is slated to hit cinemas October 5th.