It seems like we get news on Sony’s Venom film every single week now. Is Spider-Man going to be in it or not? One week it is canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one week we get word that it actually is not. The marvel project that Sony would pursue without the involvement of Marvel Studios was always bound to generate this kind of buzz. Venom has an interesting team behind and in front of the camera that just might make for the surprise comicbook film hit of 2018. Credit to Jurassic World casting director John Papsidera for assembling such a strong cast. Unfortunately, one of the only official character details that we know right now is that Tom Hardy is playing Eddie Brock. Thanks to the good folks over at MCU Exchange, we might now just have more details that will give us a firmer grasp on the story that Venom is trying to tell.
The production has now continued on to San Francisco, but the site was able to examine set photos from the Atlanta shoot. Seen below is Scott Haze (Midnight Special, Thank You for Your Service) in some sort of confrontation with Eddie Brock and Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers) on set.
Slate may not seem like she got caught in an interesting position like Haze’s confrontation, but there is always more information to these set photos than meets the eye. Her photo was reportedly taken outside the American Cancer Center. This is being used as one of the main locations for the Life Foundation in the film. Fans know that the foundation has a noticeable presence in the Venom: Lethal Protector story line. They are a crazy survivalist group that created new symbiote offspring through experimentation. That story also has Venom moving to San Francisco- coincidence I think not! Slate will be playing one of these crazy foundation members as the scientist Dora Skirth. She is an original character created for the film, but the odds are always strong that she may be an amalgamation of a few similar comicbook characters.
Despite what the set photo may imply, Haze is not playing some street thug. He will be playing one of the bigger names from the Life Foundation’s Board of Directors- Roland Treece. He is the founder of Treece International and sits next to Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake on the Director’s Board. Why would a suit like Treece need to confront Brock on the streets? The desperation to obtain Brock’s symbiote for experimentation seems very strong here. Michelle Williams will be playing Anne Weying- Brock’s former wife from the comics. The first footage of her on set has now surfaced online to accompany this cast information. You can check out the video below.
The video does not reveal a lot, but a first look is still great nonetheless. Based on all the information so far, you can start to see how the Carnage symbiote might come into play. The rumors of the character’s involvement are very strong. The Life Foundation could be the cause of it’s creation just like how they created other symbiote foes for Venom to fight in the comics. Riz Ahmed was assumed to be playing the role, but that is no longer the case. In fact, no one so far has been cast as Carnage to our knowledge. The rumors could prove to be false. The character could still be announced and cast in the coming weeks though. I think the symbiote itself could still fight Brock in the third act, but without the notorious Cletus kasady as a host. The film may not have enough room to properly introduce the character, but for now all we can do is speculate on this thread.
Check back soon for more updates on Sony’s Venom and the rest of the studio’s Marvel slate- Andrew J. Salazar (@yokis101 on Twitter)
Venom releases on October 5th, 2018
Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, and Woody Harrelson.