Why is Venom among the most anticipated of Sony’s fledging MCU tie-in films? For star Tom Hardy, who’s playing Eddie Brock — the two-for-one, Jekyll-and-Hyde hero who shares body real estate with his resident alien symbiote — it all has to do with symbiosis.
“[Eddie] finds this perfect opposite partner in this 8-foot alien parasite that starts living rent free in his body,” Hardy explained to the Hall H crowd on hand for Sony Pictures’ "Venom & Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" panel at San Diego Comic-Con today.
While the man-alien hybrid may be getting along with himself just fine, though, he’ll have a decidedly tougher time playing nice with Venom’s growing list of potential enemies. Riz Ahmed who plays researcher Carlton Drake in the film, may have some nefarious motivations. And a monster named Riot was shown fighting Venom in Sony’s SDCC clip montage.
While that may be the result of something akin to a great big misunderstanding — after all, according to Ahmed, Drake’s only “trying to do right by humanity” by pushing into space where the symbiote is found — it doesn’t make the target on Venom’s back any smaller. "There may or may not be other villains in the movie,” teased director Ruben Fleischer.
Equally intriguing are the possibilities that lie beyond the first Venom picture, which is set to release later this year. Fleischer said it just makes sense that Sony already is thinking about how to bring Spider-Man and Venom together on the same screen, as audiences warm to the cold-blooded symbiote.
“It would be cool to see Spider-Man and Venom face off in a film, so I have to think the studio is thinking about that,” he told the panel.
While Sony hadn’t released a new trailer in the panel’s immediate wake, we’ve already seen enough from the first trailer to know that Venom is set to bring an entirely new vibe to Marvel’s movie lineup. Venom hits big screens everywhere beginning Oct. 5.