When Sony's solo Venom movie hits theaters, it will take its cue directly form the comics and take us to San Francisco.
Actor Tom Hardy may not have been attendance for Sony's special presentation at Brazil's Comic Con Experience, but he did have a recorded message for the people in attendance. From the movie's set in Atlanta, GA, Hardy revealed that the film's story would be inspired by the 1993 Venom: Lethal Protector comic book miniseries.
Lethal Protector was created by the team of David Michelinie, Mark Bagley, Ron Lim and Sam Delarosa, and it saw Eddie Brock, the host of the Venom symbiote, explore San Francisco as his new stomping grounds, a location Hardy also revealed as the setting of the film in his message. The comic miniseries introduced the Life Foundation as the main antagonists, an organization who had its own nefarious plans for the alien symbiote, creating five of their own horrific spawns.
After the release of recent set pictures, some fans expected the Venom movie to be inspired by the Agent Venom era of Marvel Comics, which saw the symbiote turned into a soldier doing far more good than harm. However, with Lethal Protector as the basis of the film, it sure looks like Venom will be allowed to be his monstrous self, while also being positioned as a hero who must deal with monsters far worse than himself.
Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.