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Trivia about Venom.

  • Brian Michael Bendis turned down the chance to write the movie.
  • Gary Ross was in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the film.
  • In March 2012, Chronicle director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing the spinoff film.
  • This film is well-known to have an extremely difficult production history. The film was originally envisioned as a direct spin-off from Spider-Man 3, though Topher Grace was stated not to return to the role. Shortly after that series was rebooted, the film was announced once again, though this time within continuity of the Webb series. Chris Zylka expressed interest in playing the characters Flash Thompson iteration, which was currently running in the comics at that time. Once The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released Sony announced Venom: Carnage would be apart of their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Soon after, Sony and Marvel decided to collaborate with the Spider-Man series opting to reboot again and placing a Venom spin-off on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spin-offs of the Spider-Man series, no word has been announced on this films development.[1]
  • Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to played Venom.
  • Sony were considering Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
  • Alex Kurtzman was in talks to direct the movie.
  • The current working title, according to trademark info, is "The Lethal Protector" as of June 2016. It will not take place in the MCU.
  • Tom Holland considers himself as Spider-Man to fight toe to toe with Venom. Hardy agreed to have his character to have a war with Spidey.
  • The 2017 film Life was rumored to be a prequel to the movie. This was proven to be false.
  • The film will be loosely based on the "Lethal Protector" and "Planet of the Symbiotes" comic-book storylines.
  • Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey, and Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
  • Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
  • Actor Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
  • Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, Michael C. Hall, Michael Fassbender), Cameron Monaghan is the only one to express great interest in playing the role. Monaghan is known for portraying the breakout role and fan favorite "Jerome" in the TV series Gotham.
  • Tom Hardy's son Louis Thomas Hardy is a fan of Venom, and Hardy took the role to please him: "I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people's heads off." Louis also guided his father on how to appropriately portray Brock/Venom, since Hardy didn't know the character very well.
  • Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provided the voice and physical stand-in for several scenes of Venom.
  • Was originally going to be released with an R rating, following in the success of the Deadpool movies and Logan. Sony executives decided to cut it down to a PG-13, for any potential tie-ins with the Spider-Man MCU. A directors cut with an R rating is rumored to be in the works.
  • The filmmakers cite the films of horror directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as an influence on the film, as well as the horror comedy films An American Werewolf in London and Ghostbusters.
  • Tom Hardy describes Venom as a tragic clown: "There's something funny about the circumstances of having a tragic gift. It's a superpower you don't really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He's both a reluctant hero and an anti-hero."
  • Tom Hardy recorded his lines for the Venom symbiote during pre-production, and they were played back to the actor through an earpiece on set during scenes where Brock and the symbiote talk to each other.
  • Tom Hardy considers Venom the coolest Marvel hero because "he has a brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude."
  • This film is well-known to have an extremely difficult production history. The film was originally envisioned as a direct spin-off from Spider-Man 3, though Topher Grace was stated not to return to the role. Shortly after the franchise was rebooted, the film was announced once again, though this time within continuity of the Webb series. Chris Zylka expressed interest in playing the characters Flash Thompson iteration, which was currently running in the comics at that time. Once The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) was released, Sony announced that "Venom: Carnage" would be a part of their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Soon afterward, Sony and Marvel decided to collaborate with the Spider-Man franchise, opting to reboot again and placing a Venom spin-off on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spin-offs of the Spider-Man franchise, no word has been announced on future projects as of February 2018.
  • In the Marvel comics, there are a total of 20 other symbiotes. 21 if you Include Venom. the symbiote names are, with their first comic appearance: Carnage (The Amazing Spider-Man #361), Scream (Venom: lethal Protector #4), Hybrid (venom: Along came a spider #1), Riot (Venom: lethal Protector #4), Phage (Venom: lethal Protector #4), Toxin (Venom vs. Carnage # 2), Lasher (Venom: lethal Protector #4), Dreadface (fantastic four #360), Agony (Venom: lethal Protector #4), Krobaa (Venom: Seed of Darkness #1), Payback (True Believers limited series), ZZZXX (X-Men: Kingbreaker #2), Scorn (Carnage #5), All-Black The Necrosword (Thor: God of Thunder #2), Mania (Venom #31), Marcus (Deadpool: The Gauntlet #8), Endo-Sym Armor (Superior Iron Man #1), Agent of the Cosmos (Guardians of the Galaxy #23), Karl Malus (Captain America: Sam Wilson #3), Raze (Carnage #10), The Grendel Symbiotes (Venom Vol. 4 #2), Knull (Venom: Vol. 4 #3), Sleeper (Venom: First Host #3) and Anti-venom (The Amazing Spider-Man #569)
  • Sony considered Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
  • The film released in the 30th Anniversary year of Venom's debut in Marvel comics (May 1988).
  • Tom Hardy cites The Ren & Stimpy Show as an influence on the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom: "I always saw Venom as a lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock as an everyday kind of guy who's inherited this massive ego beast."
  • The film includes three Oscar nominees in the cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.
  • Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. In the comics, Bane ingested a serum named Venom to gain super strength.
  • In June 2017, Marvel Producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Amy Pascal contradicted this by saying it would. It was later announced that same month that Venom is its own universe.
  • Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey, and Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
  • This is Michelle Williams' first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be a part of this movie, she said, "I always like to do things I haven't done before, genres, parts. I like a challenge, and one of those challenges has been stepping into a bigger world."
  • This film takes place outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Originally it was supposed to be an R rating for the film, but it was changed to a PG-13 in order for Sony to have crossovers with Spider-Man in the future.
  • Jameson, the astronaut who survived the crash in the opening sequence, is the son of Jonah Jameson - editor of the Daily Bugle and Spiderman "adversary".
  • Besides Riz Ahmed, also considered for Carlton Drake were Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal, and Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, Michael C. Hall, and Michael Fassbender), Cameron Monaghan is the only one to express great interest in playing the role. Monaghan is known for portraying the breakout role and fan favorite "Jerome" on the television series Gotham.
  • Cameron Monaghan stated he would love to play Carnage in the movie.
  • The second trailer garnered 64.3 million views within twenty-four hours of release. The views ballooned to 124.7 million views within the first week of the trailer's release.
  • Topher Grace who portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
  • Venom (2018) is supposedly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe according to the film's co-producer Amy Pascal. Though Kevin Feige has stated that's not the case, it's still unknown whether or not this film's actually connected to MARVEL Studios' flagship franchise at all.
  • Tom Hardy based his performance as Eddie Brock/Venom on three actors: Woody Allen ("the tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that"), martial artist fighter Conor McGregor ("the taste and capability for uber-violence"), and Redman ("out of control, living rent-free in his head.").
  • Originally, Tom Hardy was going to portray Venom in motion-capture visual effects, but that plan was scrapped because the facial features couldn't be imitated: "Your eyes and teeth and tongue are not going to match with his, and you need a seven-foot tall basketball player in a Lycra suit for the physical shots!" Venom is fully computer graphics imagery in the film.
  • However, Tom Hardy did perform as Venom on-camera in the costume of Brock, over which Venom was animated in key-frame to match the movements and stunts of Hardy.
  • Tom Hardy cites singer James Brown as an influence on Venom's voice.
  • Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
  • This is Production Designer Oliver Scholl's fifth comic book film, after Batman Forever, Elektra, Suicide Squad and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • The film's official movie poster is designed in a similar fashion to one of Spider-Man 2's movie posters. In each poster, the design presents the main character's face partially covered by part of his costume.
  • In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) Director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing.
  • Jenny Slate's character, Dora Skirth, is an original character exclusive to the movie.
  • This is the second comic-book feature for Tom Hardy (after The Dark Knight Rises), Jenny Slate (after The Lego Batman Movie)), Sope Aluko and composer Ludwig Göransson (after Black Panther).
  • Out of the five Marvel-based films released in 2018, this one is the only non-sequel. However, Black Panther was the start of its own sub-franchise despite it being a spin-off of Captain America: Civil War and part of the combined Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • In the comics, Eddie Brock is 6'3" and has strawberry-blond hair. Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock in the film, is 5'9" and has dark-brown hair.
  • Zac Efron joked that he is playing Eddie Brock on April Fool's Day.
  • Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
  • Alex Kurtzman was in talks to direct.
  • Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
  • Gary Ross was in talks to direct the film.
  • It was referenced that Eddie Brock was fired from the Daily Bugle in New York. This is the iconic news company where Peter Parker/Spiderman was a photographer.
  • Tom Hardy's first role for a Marvel-related production, his second superhero film since The Dark Knight Rises (from DC Comics/Entertainment, Marvel's longtime competitor) and his first Columbia/Sony Pictures associated production since Marie Antoinette.
  • Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) is younger than his comic book counterpart. He was also not the original host of the Riot Symbiote.
  • This is Jenny Slate's first Columbia movie.
  • The filmmakers cite the Venom comic storylines "Lethal Protector" (Venom becomes a vigilante guardian hero for San Francisco) and "Planet of the Symbiotes" (Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes) as an influence on the film.
  • Ann Weying briefly uses the Venom symbiote to rescue Eddie. This is a homage to the comics, when Weying briefly wore the symbiote in the comics under the name of She-Venom.
  • In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially attached to Spider-Man (Peter Parker) during the Secret Wars event in 1984. When he realized his costume was alive and was controlling his body, he disposed of it. It would later come in contact with Eddie Brock, and the two would be bonded together to form Venom. This film omits the Spider-Man part of Venom's origin, due to Sony/Columbia selling the Spider-Man rights to Marvel Studios (he would appear in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)). Instead, the film uses the Life Foundation experimenting with symbiotes. Venom also has no design elements from Spider-Man, instead using a unique symbol.
  • While this is Venom's second live-action film after Spider-Man 3, other symbiotes will make their debut in this film.
  • In the comics, there are nine named symbiotes including Venom. 8 of which are full symbiotes. The symbiotes are: Venom (obviously), Agony, Phage, Lasher, Scream, Riot, Carnage, Toxin and Anti-Venom.
  • This movie was the last Marvel movie in wich Stan Lee had a cameo before his death in November 2018.

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