Even though Venom officially began production only yesterday, fans have wondered since the film’s announcement about just how the Spider-Man villain would show up on the big screen. Given the shifting nature of the symbiote that latches itself to Eddie Brock, it seemed unlikely that star Tom Hardy would be donning a latex suit like some of his superhero counterparts, and today plans were all-but-confirmed by a man who would know a thing or two these methods…
During a Yahoo News exclusive, actor and director — not to mention Caesar the ape and Gollum/Smeagol — Andy Serkis let slip that Venom will be depicted using motion capture while explaining the technology’s increasing importance in modern film.
“Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films,” he said, before mentioning that, “Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture.”
While Serkis doesn’t come right out and say that Hardy’s “new character” is Venom, it’s hard to see how that isn’t the case. The symbiote’s abilities and versatility certainly lends themselves to mo-cap enhancements, and with the rapid rise in its usage, it makes sense that Sony and director Ruben Fleischer would opt to employ it in the film.
Written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom is expected to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
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