As Sony continues to develop its upcoming Venom movie - which is set to start production later this month - co-creator Todd McFarlane has weighed in on the project.
In an interview with Screen Geek, McFarlane weighed in on the casting of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, aka the Venom symbiote's human host. “It’ll be interesting," the legendary artist/writer said. "I’ve seen some movies of his where he can bring anger and a wide personality to it. To me, I think Tom Hardy’s going to be as good as whatever Venom looks like. We all know Tom’s going to act. He’s going to do a good job."
Of course, McFarlane has a few questions as well, mostly echoing those of the character's fans. "So now what’s Venom gonna’ look like," he asked. "It’s an R-rated movie, how 'R' are they going to go? To me, that’s the question. Are they going to go a 'little bit R?' Venom’s a monster to me, and to me – are they going to make him a monster or are they going to make him a man? Are they going to humanize him? That’s what we gotta’ find out.”
Venom first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #300, by David Michelinie and McFarlane. First conceived as a villain, the character has switched roles numerous times and is now seen as an anti-hero more often than as a straight villain.
Written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom is expected to begin filming in late October before swinging into theaters October 5, 2018. Tom Hardy is likely to be joined by Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate in the R-Rated movie.