Tom Hardy Venom Transformation Description

Venom Transformation is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first film in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel, it stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. In Venom, journalist Brock gains superpowers after being bound to an alien symbiote whose species plans to invade Earth.

After Venom appeared in Spider-Man 3 (2007), Sony attempted to develop a spin-off film based on the character. Work began in March 2016 on a new version that would start a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters that the studio possessed film rights to. Sony also intended for Venom to share the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), but ultimately distanced the film from Spider-Man.

In March 2017, Rosenberg and Pinkner were set to write, with Fleischer and Hardy added in May. Filming took place from that October to January 2018, in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco. The film was primarily inspired by the comic book miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) and the story arc “Planet of the Symbiotes” (1995).

Venom Transformation was released in the United States on October 5, 2018. It received generally negative reviews from critics for its script, tone, pacing and lack of connection to Spider-Man, though Hardy’s performance received some praise. However, the film was a box office success, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2018, with over $856 million worldwide, and set several box office records for an October release. A sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is set to be released on June 25, 2021.

Cast

  • Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom Transformation:
    An investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities. Director Ruben Fleischer said that unlike a werewolf or Jekyll and Hyde, the relationship between Brock and the symbiote is a “hybrid”, with the two characters sharing a body and working together. Hardy was drawn to this duality, and compared the pair to the animated characters Ren and Stimpy. Hardy gave Brock an “aw-shucks American accent” while using a “James Brown lounge lizard”-like voice for Venom, that was later “modulated to sound more sinister”. Hardy called Brock an antihero who would “do whatever he has to” to accomplish a goal.
  • Michelle Williams as Anne Weying:
    A district attorney and Eddie’s ex-fiancée. Williams was excited at the prospect of her character becoming She-Venom in the future as she does in the comics, and Fleischer felt that it would be fun to give fans an Easter egg of this by briefly showing the character host the symbiote during a scene in the film. This was kept a secret until the release of the film, and Fleischer hoped that the positive response to the appearance would lead to more She-Venom in future Venom films or even a standalone She-Venom film. Weying’s line “I love you, but I love myself more” was added by Williams as a reference to the Me Too movement.
  • Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake / Riot:
    A genius inventor and leader of the Life Foundation experimenting on the symbiotes. Ahmed explained that Drake is trying to save the future of humanity when he discovers the symbiote, with Fleischer adding that Drake has a positive goal but a “moral ambiguity” that leads to him testing his science on other people. Drake is eventually bonded to another symbiote known as Riot, which Fleischer described as “a body-hopper”.
  • Scott Haze as Roland Treece: Drake’s head of security.
  • Reid Scott as Dan Lewis: Anne’s new boyfriend, a doctor who tries to help Eddie.

Additionally, Jenny Slate portrays Life Foundation scientist Dora Skirth, Melora Walters portrays Maria, a homeless woman, and Chris O’Hara appears as astronaut John Jameson. Also appearing in the film are Sam Medina as a thug that Venom Transformation confronts, Michelle Lee as a Malaysian EMT who briefly hosts Riot, Sope Aluko and Wayne Péré as Life Foundation scientists, Scott Deckert as Brock’s obnoxious neighbor, and Ron Cephas Jones, uncredited, as Brock’s boss.

Woody Harrelson appears in the film’s mid-credits scene as Cletus Kasady, while Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance as a dog-walker who talks to Brock.[26] Additionally, a clip from the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) is included after the film’s credits, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson as Miles Morales and Peter B. Parker, respectively.

Venom Transformation Sequel

In January 2019, Sony announced development on a sequel with Marcel hired as screenwriter. Hardy, Harrelson, and Williams were confirmed to return, though a director was not set due to Fleischer’s Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) commitments. Andy Serkis was hired to direct the sequel in August 2019. That October, Fleischer stated that he was happy to let Serkis take over the franchise following the negative critical reaction that Venom Transformation received. Fleischer believed that reviewers had been unfair to the “crowdpleasing movie”, potentially due to biases against Sony and towards Marvel Studios’ rival superhero films. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is expected to be released on June 25, 2021.

Venom is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with Spider-Man. The character is a sentient alien symbiote with an amorphous, liquid-like form, who survives by bonding with a host, usually human. This dual-life form receives enhanced powers and usually refers to itself as “Venom”. The symbiote was originally introduced as a living alien costume in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984), with a full first appearance as Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988).

The Venom Transformation symbiote’s first human host was Spider-Man, who eventually discovered its true nefarious nature and separated himself from the creature in The Amazing Spider-Man #258 (November 1984) — with a brief rejoining five months later in Web of Spider-Man #1. The symbiote went on to merge with other hosts, most notably Eddie Brock, its second and most infamous host, with whom it first became Venom.

As one of Spider-Man’s most enduring villains, Venom quickly established himself as one of his arch-enemies, with many regarding him as a dark reflection of Spider-Man. The character later became an anti-hero, working both with and against superheroes. Other notable hosts of the Venom symbiote include the villain Mac Gargan, formerly known as Scorpion, and Flash Thompson, who became the superhero Agent Venom.

The character has been featured in various other media, including animated series, films, and video games. Most notably, he was portrayed by Topher Grace as one of the main antagonists of the film Spider-Man 3 (2007), and by Tom Hardy as the titular protagonist and antihero of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters film Venom (2018) and its upcoming sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).

The Eddie Brock incarnation of Venom was rated 33rd on Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, and was the 22nd Greatest Villain on IGN’s 100 Greatest Comic Villains of All Time. Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy writes of the character: “What started out as a replacement costume for Spider-Man turned into one of the Marvel web-slinger’s greatest nightmares”

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