Category: Upcoming Thriller/Fantasy
Release Date: October 4, 2018
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Produced by: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Matt Tolmach
Production company: Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Pascal Pictures
Sony Pictures is about to face a crucial test for its very lucrative film rights to "Spider-Man", but the studio will have to pass without the help of Wall-Crawler himself. Next weekend, the studio aims to get the latest superhero hit with "Venom," a movie based on the popular Spider-Man rival. Sony is betting that the anti-hero can pack in theaters even without an appearance of Spider-Man, who is currently involved in a partnership with the Disney / Marvel "Avengers" franchise. Venom first appeared in a 1988 comic book of "The Amazing Spider-Man." The series introduced readers to Eddie Brock, a disgraced journalist who blames Spider-Man for his fall from grace and fuses with a live alien disguise to become a hideous facsimile of the heroic wall-crawler. If "Venom" falls short, it would be a setback for Sony's path to develop a franchise with the expansive cast of Spider-Man characters. But if it succeeds, it would help a lot to build goodwill among moviegoers and increase the prospects for future films.
Hardy appears to be strongly implying that his favorite scenes aren’t in the film at all, likely cut due to appeal to censors and achieve that disappointing PG-13 rating the film received. It’s a brutally honest answer, and one that movie stars don’t normally give when promoting their latest film. Unless, of course, you’re Jason Statham, expressing disappointment over the lack of blood in The Meg (not that lack of gore hurt at the box office). But Riz Ahmed quickly turns the answer around by suggesting that Hardy’s favorite scenes were cut because they weren’t any good, an attempt to block Hardy’s honesty, prompting Hardy to joke:.
There Venom came in just behind Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and ahead of Disney’s animated Ralph Breaks the Internet and Warner Bros.’ strong awards contender A Star is Born. Alisha Grauso, editorial lead at Atom Tickets, said fans are hoping to see the standalone redeem the character after a botched effort in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, where the fan-favorite villain made his live-action debut. Grauso said star Tom Hardy is a major draw after his turn as another beloved comic book villain in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, where he played famed Batman enemy Bane. According to Grauso, “even fans who have reservations about the movie itself are eager to see what Hardy brings to the role.” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, said it’s hard to predict how Venom will fare against A Star is Born — also out Oct. 5 — and the much buzzed-about Halloween, which opens Oct. 19. Robbins predicts audience turnout for the Spider-Man-less solo will be dependent on reviews.