New 'Venom' clip is released showing Tom Hardy absolutely destroying a SWAT team
After years of being in various states of pre-production, Venom is finally on its way to movie theatres next month. Eddie Brock and his monstrous alter-ego is primarily a Spider-Man villain, but his huge popularity in the 90s led to his comic book series, and now his own standalone film.
This isn't the character's first appearance in a movie, as he was played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3. Unfortunately, given the fact he was shoved into the movie last minute by producers against the director's wishes... it didn't turn out too well. Now, with the superhero sub-genre more successful than ever before, Sony have finally managed to get the long-gestating project off the ground, with Tom Hardy leading a great cast (Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson) to bring it to fruition.
While being a Marvel property, this film is actually made "in association with Marvel Studios," so it's unclear exactly how connected it will be (if at all) with Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's what we know about it so far, per the official plot synopsis:
"Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake's experiments, Eddie's body merges with the alien Venom—leaving him with superhuman strength and power.
"Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating."
Now that we're edging closer to the release date, we're seeing more footage posted online to get butts in seats come October 4, including one clip posted on Wednesday - which already has over two million views.
In the short clip, Hardy's Eddie Brock is confronted by a SWAT team - and while he tries to warn them that "you do not wanna do this, trust me," he eventually has to pull out his other half to take them all down:
One of the most intriguing things about the film isn't the action, but the inspiration Hardy is taking for the character. Hardy is known for making some odd decisions with his acting - including basing his upcoming Al Capone's voice on... Bugs Bunny.
With Eddie Brock, he apparently took in mannerisms from Woody Allen, hip hop artist Redman, and Conor McGregor.
Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment recently, he said that McGregor was a "key note" of his performance. When he was asked whether the Irish MMA fighter would be "offended or flattered" by the comparison, he said:
"I don't think he'd be bothered, really. Conor doesn't strike me as the type of person who might be that bothered!
"It was not Venom: he was not based on him. There were more elements of Eddie Brock which needed to be pinned on somebody who's incredibly handy physically. And, obviously, Conor is incredibly handy physically.
"There was an aspect the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies. They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that's useful."
In the same interview, he added that there were also some elements of Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones in his performance too. Looks like we'll have to wait until next month to find out how it all turned out!