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(2018)

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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."
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The filmmakers cite the films of horror directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as an influence on the film.
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Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
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Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provides the voice of Venom.
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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 (2007), 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 (2014) was released, Sony announced that "Venom: Carnage" would be a part 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 spinoff on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spinoffs of the Spider-Man series, no word has been announced on future projects as of February 2018.
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Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had previously played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In the comics, Bane ingests a serum named Venom to gain super strength.
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It was rumored that Life (2017) is a prequel to this film, as the two movies' trailers shared some stock footage, though that rumor was later debunked.
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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."
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Tom Hardy considers Venom the coolest Marvel hero because "he has a brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude."
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Sony considered Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
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Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey, and Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
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This film takes place outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Tom Hardy cites The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) 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."
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Cameron Monaghan stated he would love to play Carnage in the movie.
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In June 2017, Marvel producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the MCU. However, Amy Pascal contradicted this by saying it would. It was later announced that same month that Venom is its own universe.
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Tom Hardy cites James Brown as an influence on Venom's voice.
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Besides Riz Ahmed, also considered for a mystery role were Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Matthias Schoenaerts.
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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 (2014).
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This is the second comic-book feature for Tom Hardy (after The Dark Knight Rises (2012)), Jenny Slate (after The Lego Batman Movie (2017)), Sope Aluko and composer Ludwig Göransson (after Black Panther (2018)).
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The second trailer garnered 64.3 million views within 24 hours of release. The views ballooned to 124.7 million views within the first week of the trailer's release.
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This is Michelle William's first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be apart of Venom, 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."
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The film releases on the 30th anniversary of Venom's debut in the Marvel comics (May 1988).
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The film includes three Oscar nominees in the cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.
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This film is fifth and last of the Marvel Movies that's scheduled to be released in 2018. The other four films are Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Deadpool 2 (2018), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), respectfully.
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In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing the spinoff film.
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This is production designer Oliver Scholl's fifth comic-book film, after Batman Forever (1995), Elektra (2005), Suicide Squad (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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Jenny Slate's character, Dora Skirth, is an original character exclusive to the movie.
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Tom Hardy based his performance as Eddie Brock/Venom on three actors: actor 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.").
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Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
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Zac Efron joked that he is playing Eddie Brock on April Fool's Day.
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Alex Kurtzman was in talks to direct the movie.
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Actor Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
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Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
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This film is one of the two Marvel Movies released in 2018 that's released as a non-sequel. The first is Black Panther (2018).
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Gary Ross was in talks to direct the film.
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The film's official movie poster is designed in a similar fashion to one of Spider-Man 2 (2004)'s movie posters. In each poster, the design presents the main character's face partially covered by part of his costume.
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In the comics, Eddie Brock is 6'3" and has strawberry-blonde hair. Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock in the film, is 5'9" and has dark-brown hair.
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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.
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Tom Hardy's first role for a Marvel-related production, his second superhero film since The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (from DC Comics/Entertainment, Marvel's longtime competitor) and his first Columbia/Sony Pictures associated production since Marie Antoinette (2006).
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Topher Grace who portrayed Eddie Brock, Jr/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007) praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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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.
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While this is Venom's second live-action film after Spider-Man 3 (2007), other symbiotes will make their debut in this film.
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