Sony's Venom In Strong Position To Top Weekend Box Office

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When is the Venom release date? He's having a great time arguing with Venom, even if we aren't always in on the joke. If you're in the United Kingdom you can book tickets through the likes of Vue, Cineworld, or Odeon, while if you're in the US Fandango is your best bet.

The Snapchat lens is part of Sony's marketing push to drive fans of the Marvel character into theaters to see "Venom", which hits wide release October 5.

Warning: There are SPOILERS ahead for the end of Venom. Costume? Symbiote? Whatever it is.

But because this is a superhero movie, there are a few bonus scenes during the credits. Hardy's Eddie Brock, a journalist, becomes infected with a Symbiote, an alien in liquid form that needs a human host, and develops superpowers.

Hardy is a reassuringly capable actor, and he's backed by an equally strong supporting cast. The film also stars Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt and Jenny Slate in supporting roles.

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Even as a person who read comics during the character's heyday, Fleischer's film leaves a lot of lingering questions, but in retrospect, they seem unimportant in the grand scheme of whatever cinematic universe Sony is trying to create.

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The character was originally just a sentient alien costume - made out of a living organism known as Symbiote - that appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984). Pushing too hard in an interview with megamogul Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), he soon loses his job, his girlfriend and almost his life when he stumbles onto Drake's evil scheme to perform frightful symbiote-inducing experiments on hapless human subjects. The spaceships, funded for research by the Elon Musk-esque Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), bring back an alien symbiote that can attach itself to humans - and other beings - in an effort to survive is what is to them, a hostile environment.

The film's main appeal, however, lies not in the stunts, but in the details of Eddie's metamorphosis as he and Venom gradually settle on the ground rules of life together. And as we know Kletus Kasady is played by Woody Harrelson.

Speaking of, we're not expecting Spidey himself to make any sort of appearance here. Although Hardy has the looks of a leading man, he's very fond of obscuring them with moustaches, tattoos and face masks.

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It sounds like that's the plan, too.

Directed by Ruben Fleisher ("Zombieland") with no less than eight listed screenwriters, "Venom" was originally panned by comic book fan boys when the first movie trailer for this film hit the silver screens in the Fall of 2017.

"It's hard to enjoy 'Venom" because it's such a unusual film. He is constantly making not-so-subtle suggestions to Brock to maintain preservation, whether that includes fleeing a cadre of villains in the most destructive way possible or snacking on humans to keep up their strength. Venom just successfully manages to be its own thing.

He compared Venom to The Dark Knight, a PG-13 film that nonetheless maintained a dark, violent tone by shooting cleverly to work around MPAA guidelines, something he's aimed to do by filming the most violent scenes in several different ways. Venom "speaks" to Eddie in a guttural bark not far removed from the carnivorous plant in "Little Shop of Horrors", and the inner banter between host and host-ee, while not reaching Nick and Nora Charles levels of wit, are reasonably amusing. "It's about what the studio wants to do next, what the actors want to do, and what we want to do".

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