New ‘Venom’ Image Shows the Face Only a Psychopath Could Love

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While many were initially skeptical about a standalone Venom solo film, Sony’s most recent trailer won a lot of fans over with its vicious reveal of the reimagined supervillain. Venom is jumping on the R-rated superhero bandwagon, along with highly successful films like Logan and Deadpool, to give us a more faithful adaptation of the character. And, by “faithful,” I mean downright disturbing.

EW has shared an interview and new images for the upcoming film. The first image shows a restrained Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) at the mercy of Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), who has been experimenting with the symbiotes. The next unnerving shot depicts an up close and personal look at Venom’s twisted smile that would make Pennywise jealous.

The anti-hero’s toothy grin curls around the back of his head showing a mouthful of jagged teeth, as his eyes gnarl with psychotic glee. I pity the parent who brings their 8-year-old to this film thinking it’s just another fun-filled superhero movie.

‘Venom’ Sony Pictures Entertainment via Entertainment Weekly

Judging by what we’ve seen so far, if Sony got one thing right about this film, it’s the character design. Venom looks like he was pulled right from the comic book pages, and actor Tom Hardy expressed his excitement about taking on the role.

Here’s some clips from the EW interview:

As far as Marvel characters, I have to say for me, Venom looks the coolest,” Hardy says with a laugh. “That sounds a bit shallow! But I appreciate that he has a kind of brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude.”

Hardy continues,

There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do,” the British actor, 40, says. “There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s 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 a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”

Hardy went on to elaborate on how the contrast between the personalities of Eddie Brock and the symbiote helped to inform the voice he created for Venom.

It’s a bit like Ren and Stimpy, you know?” Hardy says, laughing. “They have different sounds. I always saw Venom as sounding like a James Brown lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock is kind of…” — he switches to an aw-shucks American accent — “I don’t know, an everyday kind of guy. But he’s inherited this massive ego, this beast.”

You can read the full interview with actor Tom Hardy and director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland 2) at EW.

Venom will take over theaters October 5th, 2018.

What do you think of Venom’s look so far? Are you going to see the film in theaters this October? Let us know in the comments!

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