More “Venom” Photos Tease Hardy & Symbiote

Venom Photos Tease Hardy Symbiote

Continuing to tease films set to screen footage or host panels at Comic Con next weekend, EW has posted two new photos from the Tom Hardy-led “Spider-Man” spin-off film “Venom”.

In the film, Hardy plays journalist Eddie Brock who is a reeling from a recent scandal. Desperate to get back on top, he starts investigating the Life Foundation and its cryptic leader, Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Before long he is exposed to a slimy, tar-like alien known as a symbiote which imbues him with extraordinary powers and takes up residence in his head.

Speaking with the mag, Hardy says he chose this particular one for a reason and it partly comes down to the most shallow of motivators – appearance:

“As far as Marvel characters, I have to say for me, Venom looks the coolest. That sounds a bit shallow! But I appreciate that he has a kind of brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude. There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do. There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s a tragic gift. It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”

The film’s director Ruben Fleischer says one way this differs from other creature films is that he doesn’t transform from one personality to another and back again – the pair occupy the same body at the same time and have to reluctantly learn how to coexist:

“Usually a human gets imbued with powers or an alien comes from outer space and has to figure out how to live on our Earth. But this is really about a relationship between two people who have to work together to create this hybrid symbiotic relationship.”

The film itself is presently targeting an October 5th release.