Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane shows how he’d tweak the character’s design for the movie

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Aug 6, 2018

Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane seems quite excited about the new movie from Sony Pictures coming out in the next couple of months. But as excited as he is, and as happy as he is with the design of the character for the movie, the comic book creator has shown how he’d tweak the design of the monstrous antihero. 

In a Facebook Live video, McFarlane said he thinks the Venom design for the film “looks pretty cool,” but revealed how he’d (slightly) alter the design of the character in which he calls “Little Toddy Tweaks” (cute). And they really are just that — they’re a few minor changes, not a major overhaul of how Venom would look. But these small tweaks result in a dramatic change in Venom’s look. (Remember: McFarlane drew Venom’s first full appearance in 1988 when he was artist for the Amazing Spider-Man monthly comic.)

Here's the character from the film:

Venom before

Venom Pre-Little Toddy Tweaks

The first thing he’d do is tweak the eyes. McFarlane says that as they’re currently designed in the film, Venom’s eyes appear to be looking down upon his own nose. So, he redraws them to curl upwards and widens the space between the eyes.

The next change he'd makes would be to Venom’s mouth. To McFarlane, Venom has “too much of a smile,” so he “would curve the teeth back just a little bit more.” He also works to “tighten the mouth up a bit” to hide some of the bottom teeth. And to add some variety “so all the teeth aren’t the same size,” he shortens some of the teeth in front to accentuate the fangs in the back. And that’s pretty much it. 

Here's the character after Todd's tweaks:

Venom after

Venom Post-Little Toddy Tweaks

Check out the video below: 

Overall, we think McFarlane's tweaks — which take him less than three minutes to make — look pretty gosh darned cool. What say you? Let us know in the comments below. 

Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

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