Venom director Ruben Fleischer has warned fans there will be “no heroes” in the upcoming Marvel movie.
The film, which is a spin-off from Spider-Man, will star Tom Hardy as freelance photographer Eddie Brock (who becomes the titular Venom), Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and more.
Speaking during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con about Spider-Man movies this weekend, Fleischer said there would be “no heroes in this movie” and that fans should expect a “much grittier, grounded, complicated character” in Brock.
Fleischer said he and Sony had been “planning a huge world with this Venom story” and said he hoped to “explore all of the beloved characters from the universe” in it.
Hardy also revealed that he had signed up for the film because his son is a fan of the character and he wanted to do something that he could share with his child, unlike most of his other dark cinema work. “[So] I did something where I bite people’s heads off,” he added.
According to Variety, a scene in the film finds Hardy’s character threatening to crush a man until he looks “like a legless, faceless turd.”
The first trailer for Venom was released back in February. In it, Brock wakes up in an MRI scanner as a voiceover from Hardy narrates the scene. “Everyone’s got their thing,” he says. “Maybe it’s a breakup, a death, an accident – whatever it is, you used to be one thing. But now, you’re something else. We all have our own problems, our own issues, our own…demons.”
Venom will arrive in cinemas on October 5, 2018.