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Venom [2018] (1 disc)

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Director:Ruben Fleischer
Writer:Jeff Pinkner
Kelly Marcel
Scott Rosenberg
Composer:Ludwig Goransson
Length:112 minutes
(1 hour 52 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:28%
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Synopsis: When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.


Reaction: Exciting and fun. The relationship between Eddie and the symbiote is excessively entertaining and Tom Hardy pulls off his role with aplomb.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ruben Fleischer => Director
Jeff Pinkner => Writer
Kelly Marcel => Writer
Scott Rosenberg => Writer
Ludwig Goransson => Composer
David Michelinie => Original Characters
Todd McFarlane => Original Characters
Amelia Young => Allie
Ariadne Joseph => Eddie's TV Producer
Chris O'Hara => Astronaut JJ Jameson, III
Denney Pierce => Merc Driver (uncredited)
Emilio Rivera => Lobby Guard Richard
Jenny Slate => Dr. Dora Skirth
Mac Brandt => Jack the Bartender
Malcolm C. Murray => Lewis Donate
Melora Walters => Homeless Woman Maria
Michelle Lee => Riot Host / Malaysia EMT
Michelle Williams => Anne Weying
Peggy Lu => Mrs. Chen
Reid Scott => Dr. Dan Lewis
Riz Ahmed => Riot / Carlton Drake
Sam Medina => Shakedown Thug
Scott Deckert => Noisy Neighbor Ziggy
Scott Haze => Security Chief Roland Treece
Sope Aluko => Dr. Collins
Stan Lee => Dapper Dog Walker
Tom Hardy => Eddie Brock / Venom
Vickie Eng => Riot Host / Elderly Village Woman
Wade Williams => Prison Guard
Wayne Pére => Dr. Emerson
Woody Harrelson => Cletus Kasady

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to portrayed Carnage.
  • [?] Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
  • Gary Ross was in talks to direct the film.
  • [?] Casey Jayne auditioned for the role of Ann Weying.
  • Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
  • Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
  • Tom Hardy's son Louis T. Hardy is a fan of Venom, and Hardy took the role to please him: "I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people's heads off." Louis also guided his father on how to appropriately portray Brock/Venom, since Hardy didn't know the character very well.
  • Tom Hardy recorded his lines for the Venom symbiote during pre-production, and they were played back to the actor through an earpiece on set during scenes where Brock and the symbiote talk to each other.
  • The Venom symbiote recommends chocolate. According to the 1995 miniseries "Venom: The Hunger", symbiotes need a chemical called phenethylamine which is available in brains, and chocolate.
  • Venom's line "Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!" comes from "Amazing Spider-Man" #374.
  • Jameson, the astronaut who survived the crash in the opening sequence, is the son of J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle and a public critic of Spider-Man.
  • Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provided the voice and physical stand-in for several scenes of Venom.
  • Tom Hardy describes Venom as a tragic clown: "There's something funny about the circumstances of having 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 both a reluctant hero and an anti-hero."
  • Tom Hardy considers Venom the coolest Marvel hero because "he has a brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude."
  • Tom Hardy did a ton of improvising off various weird bits he noticed in various filming locations. Including the infamous 'Lobster Tank' scene where Eddie climbs in and takes a seat in a lobster aquarium as he's burning up from a fever.
  • The 2nd final film featuring a Stan Lee cameo to be released during his lifetime, before his death on November 12, 2018. His final cameo is in Avengers 4. He has already shot his scene.
  • Anne Weying works for a law firm called Michelinie & McFarlane. These are the names of Venom's creators David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane.
  • The filmmakers cite the films of horror directors John Carpenter and [?] David Cronenberg as an influence on the film, as well as the horror comedy films An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Tom Hardy cites [The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)] as an influence on the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom: "I always saw Venom as a lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock as an everyday kind of guy who's inherited this massive ego beast."
  • Tom Hardy came up with the idea to have Eddie Brock get in the lobster tank when they were rehearsing the scene on location. The tank was not originally built to support having a person inside, so the crew had to build a special one.
  • This is Michelle Williams' first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be a part of this movie, she said, "I always like to do things I haven't done before, genres, parts. I like a challenge, and one of those challenges has been stepping into a bigger world."
  • Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
  • The scene between Dora Skirth and Eddie Brock at the market was the first scene that Jenny Slate read. She said in an interview, "...I've never played a character like this before. And it's also so one on one, you know? It's like, 'Wow, if I get this part, I'm truly going to be in a scene with Tom Hardy.' Like great, yeah."
  • Tom Hardy cites singer [?] James Brown as an influence on Venom's voice.
  • Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In the comics, Bane ingested a serum named Venom to gain super strength.
  • Sony considered [?] Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
  • In June 2017, Marvel Producer [?] Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, [?] Amy Pascal contradicted this by saying it would. It was later announced that same month that Venom is its own universe.
  • When asked about what it was like working with Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams told "Screen Rant," "One of the things that I so appreciate about working with him is that he's able to find what's real. Even when you're dealing with monsters and really wild physicality and language that you've never said before, ever, he's able to find what really grounds it."
  • Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey, and [?] Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
  • In an interview, Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed both state that their favorite line from the movie is simply "Mrs. Chen."
  • Topher Grace who portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007) praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
  • Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, [?] Michael C. Hall, and Michael Fassbender), [?] Cameron Monaghan is the only one to express great interest in playing the role. Monaghan is known for portraying the breakout role and fan favorite "Jerome" on the television series Gotham (2014).
  • Michelle Williams told "The Hollywood Reporter" that Tom Hardy was a big reason why she decided to sign on for "Venom." "He's so talented and so committed. He also makes unusual choices in a moment-to-moment, scene-by-scene kind of way."
  • [?] Tyler Williams was considered a perfect fit, due to the similarities between his back story and that of Flash Thompson aka Venom Spaceknight.
  • Emilio Rivera has appeared in both live action movies featuring Venom. In Spider-Man 3 (2007) he played a police officer and in Venom he was the security guard.
  • Before Riz Ahmed was cast as Carlton Drake, Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and [?] Matthias Schoenaerts were considered for the part.
  • Director Ruben Fleischer wanted to make sure "Venom" looked tonally different from other comic book movies. In a recent interview he said, "...I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic. Those were the aspects: darker, edgier, grittier."
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  • The film includes three Oscar nominees in the cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.