Yesterday, Eminem launched a surprise album titled “Kamikaze” which also sports an unexpected bonus – a song for the upcoming “Venom” soundtrack. The track, imaginatively titled “Venom” and which includes numerous plot points about the film, can be listened to via Spotify below.
The song hits as it has been an odd week for the (sort of) “Spider-Man” spin-off film. Director Ruben Fleischer and actor Tom Hardy have begun promotional interviews for the film which still has many lingering questions over it – even as it’s reportedly on track for a very strong opening weekend in early October.
Fleischer spoke with The L.A. Times who straight up wanted the answer – is Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the movie? Fleischer can’t say either way: “I honestly don’t know what I’m allowed to say. I mean, I know the answer – I’ve seen the movie. But I don’t want to get in trouble for saying something I’m not supposed to.”
By all indications though, Holland and Spider-Man have zero involvement in the film. Further interviews in Total Film (via Movieweb) recently have Fleischer confirming the film borrows from the iconic Lethal Protector storyline:
“It’s very much a pure Venom story which is something that we’ve done with this film – try to make it as much Venom’s movie as we could. You know, we have limitations in the inception of the movie… And then also the title, Lethal Protector. At that point, Venom has achieved this antihero quality. But he’s not just a pure villain. As it says, a lethal protector. So he’s a violent vigilante…so he’s somewhere in between.”
Hardy confirmed he has signed up for three films and never wore a motion-capture costume when filming the project because it wasn’t required as the eyes and mouth of Venom did not need to match up with Hardy’s real ones. They also used “a 7ft tall basketball player in a Lycra suit” for the physical shots.
Fleischer says the film works great as a standalone adventure, even if it does lay some minor groundwork for potential more Marvel films:
“The movie’s just all about Venom. so that’s what we’re focused on. It’s introducing Eddie and Venom. And then as to where it goes from there? We’ll have to see.. We definitely are thinking about this world as a big evolving world, and we want it to have the option of going in different directions. You’ll have to see what groundwork has been laid.”
“Venom” opens in cinemas October 5th.