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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." Louis also guided his father on how to appropriately portray Brock/Venom, since Hardy didn't know the character very well.
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Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provided the voice of Venom.
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The filmmakers cite the films of horror directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as an influence on the film, as well as the horror comedy films An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984).
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Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
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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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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 the franchise 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 afterward, Sony and Marvel decided to collaborate with the Spider-Man franchise, opting to reboot again and placing a Venom spin-off on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spin-offs of the Spider-Man franchise, no word has been announced on future projects as of February 2018.
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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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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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Sony considered Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
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Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In the comics, Bane ingested a serum named Venom to gain super strength.
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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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The second trailer garnered 64.3 million views within twenty-four hours of release. The views ballooned to 124.7 million views within the first week of the trailer's release.
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The film includes three Oscar nominees in the cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.
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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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This film takes place outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, Michael C. Hall, and 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" on the television series Gotham (2014).
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Tom Hardy cites singer 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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In June 2017, Marvel Producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 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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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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The film released in the 30th Anniversary year of Venom's debut in Marvel comics (May 1988).
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This is Michelle Williams' first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be apart of this movie, 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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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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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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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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In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) Director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing.
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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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Tom Hardy based his performance as Eddie Brock/Venom on three actors: 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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Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
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Jenny Slate's character, Dora Skirth, is an original character exclusive to the movie.
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Alex Kurtzman was in talks to direct.
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Originally it was supposed to be an R rating for the film, but it was changed to a PG-13 in order for Sony to have crossovers with Spider-Man in the future.
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Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
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This film is one of two Marvel-related movies released in 2018 that's 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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Originally, Tom Hardy was going to portray Venom in motion-capture visual effects, but that plan was scrapped because the features couldn't be imitated: "Your eyes and teeth and tongue are not going to match with his, and you need a seven-foot tall basketball player in a Lycra suit for the physical shots!" Venom is fully computer graphics imagery in the film.
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Topher Grace who portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007) praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
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In the comics, Eddie Brock is 6'3" and has strawberry-blond hair. Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock in the film, is 5'9" and has dark-brown hair.
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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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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, instead using a unique symbol.
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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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