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.
Tom Hardy recorded his lines for the Venom symbiote during pre-production, and they were played back to the actor through an earpiece on set during scenes where Brock and the symbiote talk to each other.
The Venom symbiote recommends chocolate. According to the 1995 miniseries "Venom: The Hunger", symbiotes need a chemical called phenethylamine which is available in brains, and chocolate.
Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provided the voice and physical stand-in for several scenes of Venom.
Tom Hardy did a ton of improvising off various weird bits he noticed in various filming locations. Including the infamous 'Lobster Tank' scene where Eddie climbs in and takes a seat in a lobster aquarium as he's burning up from a fever.
Jameson, the astronaut who survived the crash in the opening sequence, is the son of J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle and a public critic of Spider-Man.
Venom's line "Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!" comes from "Amazing Spider-Man" #374.
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."
Ann reminds Eddie of his firing from the Daily Globe and his being forced to leave New York. In the Spider-Man comics, Eddie was a reporter for the Daily Globe, a rival newspaper of the Daily Bugle. In the comic, a serial killer known as the Sin Eater was going around and murdering people. Eddie interviewed a man who claimed to be the Sin Eater but, eventually Spider-Man caught the real Sin-Eater and it was discovered that the man Eddie interviewed was a compulsive confessor. Eddie was subsequently fired from his job because of this and shortly after becoming Venom moved to San Francisco.
The second to last film featuring a Stan Lee cameo to be released during his lifetime, before his death on November 12, 2018. His final cameo is in Avengers 4. He has already shot his scene.
Tom Hardy considers Venom the coolest Marvel hero because "he has a brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude."
Anne Weying works for a law firm called Michelinie & McFarlane. These are the names of Venom's creators David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane.
The name of Brock's apartment building, Schueller, after Randy Schueller, a Marvel Comics fan who in 1982 suggested the idea of giving Spider-Man a black costume. The costume would debut in 1984 and would later evolve into the concept of a sentient alien being, and later into a symbiote.
In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially worn by Peter Parker as a Spider-Man suit after he finds it on another planet before eventually separating and bonding with Eddie Brock. However, the movie makes the symbiotes independent discoveries of the Life Foundation, removing any connection to Spider-Man whatsoever. Indeed, the giant "white spider" insignia that typically appears on Venom's chest is absent.
Tom Hardy came up with the idea to have Eddie Brock get in the lobster tank when they were rehearsing the scene on location. The tank was not originally built to support having a person inside, so the crew had to build a special one.
When asked about what it was like working with Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams told "Screen Rant," "One of the things that I so appreciate about working with him is that he's able to find what's real. Even when you're dealing with monsters and really wild physicality and language that you've never said before, ever, he's able to find what really grounds it."
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).
The scene was shot once with the live lobsters and once with the fake lobsters. The lobster that Tom Hardy bites into was actually candy-coated marshmallow filling with chocolate syrup.
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."
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.").
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 not slated to return to the role. Shortly after the films were 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 films, opting to reboot again, and placing a Venom spin-off on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spin-offs of Spider-Man, no word has been announced on future projects as of February 2018.
The film released in the 30th Anniversary year of Venom's debut in Marvel comics (May 1988).
Originally, Tom Hardy was going to portray Venom in motion-capture visual effects, but that plan was scrapped because the facial 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. However, Tom Hardy did perform as Venom on-camera in the costume of Brock, over which Venom was animated in key-frame to match the movements and stunts of Hardy.
John Jameson is the astronaut who survived the shuttle crash. In the Marvel comics he becomes Man-Wolf after finding the "Godstone" on the moon, which attaches to him similar to a symbiote.
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.
This is Michelle Williams' first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be a part 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."
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.
Paul J. Franklin, the visual effects supervisor on "Venom," won Academy Awards for his work on "Inception" and "Interstellar." He also worked on director Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy.
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.
Director Ruben Fleischer wanted to make sure "Venom" looked tonally different from other comic book movies. In a recent interview he said, "...I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic. Those were the aspects: darker, edgier, grittier."
According to an interview with director Ruben Fleischer, Tom Hardy developed a technique in which he would record all of Venom's lines first so that he could listen to them through an earpiece when doing Eddie's lines. Hardy came up with the process during the filming of "Legend," in which he plays twins.
The scene between Dora Skirth and Eddie Brock at the market was the first scene that Jenny Slate read. She said in an interview, "...I've never played a character like this before. And it's also so one on one, you know? It's like, 'Wow, if I get this part, I'm truly going to be in a scene with Tom Hardy.' Like great, yeah."
Michelle Williams told "The Hollywood Reporter" that Tom Hardy was a big reason why she decided to sign on for "Venom." "He's so talented and so committed. He also makes unusual choices in a moment-to-moment, scene-by-scene kind of way."
After seeing Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Ruben Fleischer knew that he wanted to make his own superhero movie one day because of "...the dark tone of that film, the incredible production design and the great action, and (Jack) Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker and Michael Keaton's portrayal of Batman."
In an interview, Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed both state that their favorite line from the movie is simply "Mrs. Chen."
In a recent interview, Ruben Fleischer, director of Venom (2018), talked about why Venom has been such an enduring character. He says, "To me, he's this perfect balance of the most scary, intense, menacing figure, but he undercuts it with a sense of humor, these great lines in the comics, and he has that goofy tongue, so there's this unexpected lightness to something really dark, and that's what we tried to embrace with the film."
Jenny Slate's character, Dora Skirth, is an original character exclusive to the movie.
Emilio Rivera has appeared in both live action movies featuring Venom. In Spider-Man 3 he played a police officer and in Venom he was the security guard.
Paul J. Franklin, who supervised the visual effects on "Venom," recalls in an interview the different iterations of what he calls the "sonic freak out" effect. The "sonic freak out" is what happens when Venom hears certain frequencies of sound. One early idea was to do a full three-dimension effect of something "extruding" out of Eddie's skin, and evidence of this can be seen in the MRI scene.
Prior to the film's second trailer being released, it was rumored that the movie would only feature the Venom character during the film's final act. Fans were relieved when the second trailer released, showing plenty of scenes with the character. The final film also heavily featured Venom in action sequences, though Tom Hardy has revealed that 30-40 minutes of the film, including his favorite sequences, were removed.
Topher Grace who portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007) praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
Before Riz Ahmed was cast as Carlton Drake, Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Matthias Schoenaerts were considered for the part.
The prison Eddie visits is also the same prison used in the CW's Arrow-verse as Iron Heights Penitentiary.
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.
Visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin mentions in an interview that when a symbiote takes over a host, the eyes turn a different color depending on the identity of the symbiote. "Riot was the trickiest as it was difficult to sell the idea of gunmetal in the eyes without them going grey and dull. In the end we added a bit of silver sparkle to keep it metallic."
At the end of the last scene before the credits, a sign can be seen for Ron Lim Herbal. Ron Lim is an artist who worked on the first Venom solo series.
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.
Ruben Fleischer said in an interview that there are many Easter eggs throughout the film. He commented, "That was really gratifying to me to see that people appreciated that we literally lifted iconic frames from the "Venom" comic book and put them in the movie."
It is the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
When asked which version of the Venom character the movie would be representing, director Ruben Fleischer answered that the film's plot would be based on storylines from "Lethal Protector" and "Planet of the Symbiotes."
This is the fourth Marvel movie set in San Francisco following Hulk (2003), Ant-Man (2015), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
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).
Out of the five Marvel-based films released in 2018, this one is the only non-sequel. However, Black Panther (2018) was the start of its own sub-franchise despite it being a spin-off of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and part of the combined Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Venom was ranked as the 22nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time, in IGN's list of the top 100 comic villains. IGN also ranked Mac Gargan's incarnation of Venom as #17, in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers", while the Flash Thompson incarnation, was ranked as #27. The character was also listed as #33, on Empire's 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters.
The Venom symbiote was bonded to Eddie in the comics. However, its connection to his body was essentially in the form of a glorified second layer of skin that would often take the appearance of civilian clothes. This film sees Eddie bonded to the symbiote similarly, but it's also become a part of his body, similar to how his Ultimate version was bonded to the Black Suit.
When Eddie is going through Anne's emails, there is an email from someone named "Bodhi". Riz Ahmed played a character named Bodhi in Rogue One.
In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) Director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing.
According to an interview, Paul J. Franklin had his VFX team study the movement of slime molds, jellyfish, and amoeba in order to come up with the visual effects that represent Venom's movement.
Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) is younger than his comic book counterpart. He was also not the original host of the Riot Symbiote.
Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
According to a "CinemaBlend" interview with director Ruben Fleischer, there was an earlier version of the movie that showed Venom's home planet full of symbiotes.
Eminem performs the title song 'Venom.' According to a recent interview, both Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed are fans of the rapper.
In Vincent Frei's interview with Paul J. Franklin, Franklin said that the most complex part of the bike chase was the "SUV sandwich" when Eddie is nearly crushed between two vehicles. That particular moment was filmed on a soundstage, with additional details added later: the glass on the vehicles, the backgrounds, the wheels of the vehicles, and the "webs of gooey tentacles."
According to an interview with VFX supervisor Paul J. Franklin, much of the bike chase was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. The art department spent a lot of time dressing the streets of Atlanta to look more like San Francisco, including the removal of many CNN and Coca-Cola logos.
The first part of the Creative Closing Credits has graphics in black and white, the traditional colors of Venom, with a few moments of black and red, the colors of Carnage.
In an early script, Carnage was originally to be included as the main antagonist, but the film director later canceled and scrapped the idea, replacing Riot to be one of the main antagonists.
The Fourth time Tom Hardy has played in a live action remake of well known TV/Movie characters after Shinzon (aka Jean-Luc Picard's evil Clone) in Star Trek Nemesis, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max in Mad Max Fury Road
Though hints of the character had appeared earlier, Venom's grand introduction into the comics was in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #299 and #300. These comics also established Venom's weaknesses to fire and sonic waves.
In preparing for the film, director Ruben Fleischer visited SpaceX, a rocket manufacturer and launch facility in California. The facility's modern look influenced the look of the mission control set in "Venom."
When "Screen Rant" asked Tom Hardy about his Venom voice, Hardy says, "Redman, Busta Rhymes, James Brown, as ingredients. And I played with it. The fusion to create what you hear, which sounds nothing like them."
Principal photography began in October 2017, taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco.
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).
At San Diego Comic-Con, Tom Hardy told "Variety" that his son's love for the character of Venom influenced his decision to take the title role.
Ron Cephas Jones who is also Eddie Brock's boss also appeared in Marvel's Luke Cage series as Bobby Fish.
Michelle Williams coincidentally played an alien from outer space in Species (1995), as the young Sil.
Patricia Puentes of "CNET" interviewed visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin, who said that they had to do very accurate body tracking on Tom Hardy in order to create the effect of Venom taking over Eddie's body. They used three, sometimes four, additional cameras to make sure they captured all of Hardy's movement.
Venom had its world premiere at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles on October 1, 2018.
Previous adaptations pronounce symbiote as "sim-BEE-oat." Here, Jenny Slate's character suggests it's pronounced "sim-BYE-oat" ...and later Carlton Drake pronounces it as, "sim-BEE-oat". It really just depends on how each character pronounces it.
When "The Hollywood Reporter" asked Michelle Williams if she'd be interested in playing a superhero on screen someday, she said yes. "When these films are good," she said, "they can provide such a fun outlet for that, both for the actors who make them and the audiences who watch them."
"Venom: Lethal Protector" (1993) describes Eddie Brock's life before meeting the symbiote. While investigating a serial killer, Brock was pressured to accuse the wrong man. Spider-Man catches the real killer and Brock's reputation is destroyed. Brock ends up hating Spider-Man for ruining his career.
The Malaysian market scene was filmed on a dirt lot in Rex, Georgia that was heavily dressed by set decorator Larry Dias and his crew.
Scientist Dora Skirth is played by Jenny Slate. Slate told "Backstage" that she knew a lot of people who auditioned for her role in "Venom." The part was originally written as a male character, but the casting department saw both men and women for many of the supporting roles in the film.
It was important to director Ruben Fleischer to make the San Francisco in "Venom" seem real. He tells "The San Francisco Chronicle," "The world in which it takes place, we wanted to feel very grounded and of reality, not a heightened world, but real-life San Francisco - where this journalist unexpectedly goes through a transformation that results in a larger-than-life experience."
Readers were introduced to Spider-Man's black costume in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #252. Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four later discovers that the costume is actually an alien symbiote.
Eddie Brock is blond in the comics, but has brown hair in the film. Zig-Zagged however, since Eddie has been drawn with hair color ranging from brown to blond in comics and cartoons.
Paul J. Franklin (VFX supervisor) shared in an interview with "CNET" that the part of the bike chase where Eddie goes up the hill was actually shot in San Francisco. There are a few other points during the chase where Eddie rides through well-known intersections and those were also filmed in San Francisco.
According to an interview with VFX supervisor Paul J. Franklin, director Ruben Fleischer was inspired by films like director John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and director John Landis' An American Werewolf in London (1981) in London" when making "Venom."
Riz Ahmed mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that he has known Tom Hardy for years. They met each other in 2006 on an episode of the British reality show "The Play's the Thing."
Eddie's motorcycle is a Ducati Scrambler Classic. Six bikes were used during filming. Stuntman Paul J. Franklin jumped a bike off San Francisco's "Bullitt Hill," named for the Steve McQueen movie "Bullitt (1968)".
Tater Tots, like the ones Eddie eats, were invented in 1953 at the Ore-Ida company. The company got its name from its location at the Oregon-Idaho border.
Wade Williams, the prison guard in the post credits scene also played Prison guard Brad Bellick in the TV series Prison Break.
When Carlton Drake is talking to unwitting test subject Isaac about how they are changing humanity for the better with a "sacrifice" like the Isaac of the Bible, it is quite similar to "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one" engineering room scene in Star Trek II after Spock has given his life to save the Enterprise. Carlton even puts his hand on the lab window and Isaac responds by pairing his hand with Carlton's, just as Kirk and Spock do.
Anne comments to Eddie that high frequency sound is the symbiote's 'kryptonite.' A DC Comics cinematic universe reference to Superman or, "Man of Steel (2013)." Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) once played as Bane, a DC Batman or, "Dark Knight Rises (2012)," villain. Also DC's "Shazam (2019)" trailer is shown in theaters before the feature presentation of "Venom."
Tom Hardy told "RTE Entertainment" recently that he drew upon MMA fighter Conor McGregor when developing his character in "Venom" because "he wants to have a scrap with everybody." Hardy also mention being inspired by the "neuroses of Woody Allen" and Harrison Ford from "Indiana Jones."
Woody Harrelson starred in director Ruben Fleischer's first feature film, Zombieland (2009) alongside stars Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. Stone and Eisenberg have their own comic book movie connections, with Eisenberg appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and Stone appearing as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) films.
Riz Ahmed sees his character of Carlton Drake as someone who's trying to "navigate an ethical framework within the logic of the conflict and morality."
Tom Hardy isn't the only "Venom" actor to have a Batman connection. Jenny Slate provided the voice of Harley Quinn in The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
Michelle Williams described herself in a recent interview as "a person who's drawn to making small films with a small group of people." She's done several films with director Kelly Reichardt including Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Certain Women (2016).
Mrs. Chen, the store clerk, is played by Peggy Lu. She has also had roles on NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Transparent (2014), and Workaholics (2011).
Tyler Williams was considered a perfect fit, due to the similarities between his back story and that of Flash Thompson aka Venom Spaceknight.
Both Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed have appeared in HBO's popular series Girls (2012), which was created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow.
Venom's first appearance on the big screen was in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007). In that film, photographer Eddie Brock (played by Topher Grace) bonds with the alien symbiote and transforms into Venom after the symbiote is discarded by Spider-Man.
Dr. Dan Lewis is not the first doctor that Reid Scott has played. He's also been Dr. Todd Mauer on "The Big C" and Dr. Jeff Zegay on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Bonus Content: 'Venom' contains bonus videos, photo galleries and trivia, accessible in the X-Ray Bonus tab in Prime Video.
Reid Scott played another character named Dan, Dan Egan, on HBO's award-winning political comedy Veep (2012). The show won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series three years in a row.