Sony are holding their cards close to their chest when it comes to the upcoming Venom movie.
Despite a teaser dropping in February, we are yet to see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock’s alter-ego, Venom, an anti-hero that protects the innocent.
In the comic books, journalist Brock becomes bonded with an alien symbiote that subsequently gives him incredible powers.
You can watch theVenom teaser here:
— Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) February 8, 2018
Not only did the teaser not give us a glimpse of Hardy in Venom mode, but Sony are yet to release any images of the costume.
Fans of course have been speculating as to why this is the case, wondering if Sony are just keeping us in suspense or whether Venom will even be in his own film!
Now a reported plot leak seems to validate fans’ concerns, as it looks like Hardy, disappointingly, won’t be spending much time in the Venom suit.
That rumored Venom plot leak sounds really bad. Time to shut it down and not release this movie, @SonyPictures. If this is true it'll only anger and embarrass fans. Let the professionals at @MarvelStudios take over the Venom symbiote moving forward.
— Daniel Wolf (@TheDanielWolf) March 21, 2018
Venom plot leak…pretty accurate, I'm told.
— Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) March 21, 2018
bruh that rumored plot leak for Venom just pissed me off lmfaooooooooooooooo
— Yes, my name is Courtney. (@40ozNmyLap) March 22, 2018
So a rumored plot breakdown for #Venom has leaked and, spoilers, it sucks. There's a good chance it's fake but with Arad and Tolmach's track record it's not hard to believe they would put a stamp of approval on this trash. Waste of a brand and confusing the Spidey property
— Dane Michael Broody (@danethemichael) March 21, 2018
basically you won’t see the venom suit that much at all until the end of the movie ??♂️ it’s just a rumor but based off very trustworthy spoilers
— Trunks (@_NOVERT_) March 20, 2018
Jeremy Conrad, a former editor at IGN, wrote about what the leak could mean on his site Manabyte.
According to the alleged plot breakdown that’s being spread around, the majority of the movie sees the symbiote manifest itself via veins on Brock’s arms, tendrils, additional arms, and a shield during a car chase.
The plot spoilers match up with scenes in the teaser trailer exactly, so what it’s saying is plausible.
The worst thing about it is that you do not see the actual Venom suit until the very end of the movie when the symbiote forms itself around Brock to fight the big bad government villain who is also using a symbiote from space.
If this is true, it means we won’t see Hardy suiting up as the popular character for the majority of the film.
As Conrad emphasises though, there is no guarantee any of this is true as it is all based on rumours circulating on the internet.
However, as he admits, it can explain why we are yet to see Hardy as Venom.
Conrad notes the leak also suggests there may be more symbiotes in store:
There are three: the Venom one, the one the villain uses, and a third that seemingly kills the first person it bonds with.
So like I said, the spoilers being spread around seem plausible; especially considering the movie is supposed to have a modest budget that wouldn’t lend itself to a lot of CG Venom shots throughout the film.
In other Tom Hardy news, he’s recently spoken out about getting knocked out by everyone’s favourite meme star and Hollywood wild child Shia LaBeouf.
This is according to Esquire, who report that Tom Hardy was knocked out by LaBeouf on the set of the Western movie Lawless.
LaBeouf was in the middle of prepping for his character, and was ‘blurring the line between acting and reality’.
You would expect LaBeouf and Hardy to have a lot of beef after the incident, but it actually turns out Hardy has a respect for his colleague, saying the behaviour for which LaBeouf has become known is a symptom of the ‘paradoxical’ job of an actor.
Hardy told Esquire:
A performer is asked to do two things: to be disciplined and accountable, communicative and a pleasure to work with.
And then, within a split second, they’re asked to be a psychopath. Authentically. It takes a very strong human being to sustain a genuine sense of well-being through that baptism of fire.
Drama is not known to attract stable types.
As if we couldn’t love Tom Hardy any more. Now, if only we get to see him in his Venom get up!
It won’t be long until we find out as Venom swings his way onto the big screen on October 5.
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