The director of upcoming Spider-Man spin off Venom, starring Tom Hardy, has revealed more details about what to expect from the new film.
Having already said that the film would be violent, director Ruben Fleischer has now elaborated further saying the violence in the film will be “pushed to the hilt.”
Speaking to the LA Times, Fleischer said:”I feel like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different.”
“Tonally it doesn’t remind you of other movies. It doesn’t feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…the DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light.”
“It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world.”
Recently, a taste of the violence Fleischer talked of was revealed in a gory new trailer ahead of the film’s release later this year. It revealed Hardy’s symbiote to be a nightmarish beast who causes uncontrollable carnage far and wide.
At the San Diego Comic-Con last month (July 20), Hardy also shared more details about the film’s content and what to expect.
Hardy said that his decision to play the title role was largely down to his son: “My son is a massive fan and he was a strong influence on why I should play Venom specifically.”
“I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people’s heads off,” the actor deadpanned yesterday (July 20).
At Comic-Con, Fleischer added that he would love to see Spider-Man and Venom in a movie together, even though there are no plans for this at present.
“I can speak for myself when I say I would be really excited to go see that film, so I have to see the studio is thinking the same way, and at some point down the road they are going to run across each other’s paths.”
Asked how he felt about a run in with Spider-Man, Hardy said that he would relish the opportunity.
“I’ll have a go, yeah,” Hardy smiled, before adding: “he’s an awesome actor and I’d love to work with him and I love Spider-Man.”
— Venom (@VenomMovie) July 21, 2018
The additional footage from the film shown at San Diego’s Comic-Con last month revealed more about the movie’s dark themes and details of another villain that Venom will face.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the footage introduced another symbiote, Riot, who can transfer to other people, meaning his identity is often a mystery in the film.
Fleischer, who has also directed Zombieland previously, said Venom has “no heroes” and hinted that even more villains might appear.
New footage of Riz Ahmed’s character, Carlton Drake, was also played. Drake is a genius billionaire who combines alien lifeforms with human beings, intending to create a higher life form.
One of these new beings attaches to Hardy’s character, Eddie Brock, who must then live with his Venom alter-ego.
Talking about Brock, Hardy said: “[Brock] finds his perfect opposite and partner in this huge creepy alien beast who arrives and lives rent-free in his body, and no one will believe it’s there.”
Other actors appearing in the movie include Woody Harrelson, Michelle Willians, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze.
Venom is part of a series of spin-off movies Sony is planning around the Spider-Man universe.
Venom is released in UK cinemas on October 5 2018.