Reports are coming in from across the web that Tom Hardy has been cast as the lead in Sony’s upcoming Venom film. I’m completely cool with the casting, I like Tom Hardy, I wasn’t fond of his version of Bane, but I don’t blame him for that, but I can totally see him as Eddie Brock. The problem is, this film is not going to tie into the rest of the MCU, instead this is going to take place in the “Sony Marvel Universe” as the next film after I guess The Amazing Spider-Man 2 . . . why? All this is going to do is cause brand confusion. While comic book readers have been able to come to accept multiple versions of a character between a number of different titles, the mainstream moviegoers aren’t quite there. Neither are the incredibly vocal fanboys who no doubt will argue endlessly about how this version of the character isn’t true to whichever version of the character from the comics they think it needs to resemble.
Eddie Brock’s Venom is a character who’s motivations exist almost solely because of Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s effect on both the host and the Symbiote, from Marvel’s Wiki on the character:
Brock had been a successful columnist for the newly revived Daily Globe until he began writing a series of articles about the “Sin-Eater murders”. A bogus offender had confessed to Brock about committing the murders. While protecting the “murderer’s” identity under the First Amendment, Brock wrote a series of stories in the Globe detailing his dialogue with the supposed killer, until mounting pressure from the authorities forced him to write an exclusive revealing the murderer’s name. Although that edition of the paper sold out immediately, Spider-Man soon revealed the true identity of the Sin-Eater to be Detective Stan Carter, making Brock a laughingstock among his fellow journalists. Fired from the Daily Globe, he was forced to write venomous drivel for scandal newspapers. Brock’s wife left him, and his future appeared to be over. Brock blamed his predicament on Spider-Man.
Soon after, Brock began an intense physical workout program hoping to reduce the stress his life had become. However, such physical exertions only increased his violent obsession with Spider-Man. Although his body had been honed to near-perfection, Brock’s mind was reduced to an all-consuming vessel of hatred. It was this fierce emotion that attracted the empathic parasite. In order to survive, the alien costume had to feed off the nearest and greatest source of emotion. The symbiote joined mentally and physically with Brock, whose emotions overwhelmed the already confused alien. The dominant thought on both their minds was that of Spider-Man. But Brock’s sheer hatred for the crime fighter twisted the symbiote’s feelings to a similar extent. In effect, Brock’s emotions drove the symbiote insane, just as their bonding may have driven Brock over the edge. Brock soon discovered that the costume gave him all the powers of Spider-Man, and more. It also added bulk to his already large frame and increased his strength to superhuman levels. Calling himself “Venom,” Brock directed the costume to sprout a hideous grin and plotted his revenge.
So, while they could totally pick this movie up at some point in the future when Venom/Brock are part of a government Anti-Terrorist unit, but I think that would confuse the audience even more having no origin to the character. So, I’m not sure where this movie is going to go. You really can’t have Venom without Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield isn’t coming back, they’re not using Tom Holland, and it’s taking place outside of the current MCU. . . . I’m at a loss. If you have an idea about how this show could work, hit me up in the comments and let me know.