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Venom: Riz Ahmed May Not Be Playing the Character You Think

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Venom: Riz Ahmed May Not Be Playing the Character You Think

Despite reports to the contrary, it’s been repeatedly speculated that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed may play Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, in Sony’s Venom. However, a recent photo from the Atlanta set of the Spider-Man spinoff points to another Marvel Comics character.

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A photo posted by Atlanta Filming identifies Ahmed as Dr. Drake — that is, Carlton Drake — a character with definite ties to Venom introduced in 1988 in The Amazing Spider-Man #298. He’s the head of the corporate survivalist group the Life Foundation, which captured Venom and extracted from him five additional symbiotes: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony.

Ahmed as Drake would certainly make sense, given that the film reportedly draws partial influence from the 1993 Marvel Comics miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector, which introduces the other symbiotes (the 1995 crossover “Planet of the Symbiotes” is also said to serve as source material).

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Drake is more than a one-trick pony, however, as he and the Life Foundation rebuilt the robot Tri-Sentinel, and funded the Arachnis Project, with the intent of creating a race of Homo Arachnis. He was himself injected with the serum and transformed into a Homo Arachnis, which may or may not hint at the character’s arc in Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.

Venom and Carlton Drake

(via Bloody Disgusting)

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