Sony’s upcoming Venom film may be eyeing a PG-13 rating instead of the previously rumored R, but Tom Hardy’s symbiote-bonded Eddie Brock certainly isn’t pulling any punches in this terrifying new image.
The photo, released by Entertainment Weekly, features the fully transformed Venom towering over a terrified man who he’s clutching viciously by the throat. Meanwhile, a terrified cashier looks on in horror at the ensuing chaos.
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“They’re a bit lost in this world, and finding each other and negotiating an ethical framework is perhaps a gift and a burden for the two of them,” Hardy told EW. “They bring out the very best and the very worst in each other.”
The image also gives us a good look at the white, veiny accents on Venom’s body, which will serve as a stand-in of sorts for the traditional white spider symbol from the comics.
“If you look at the comics, in Venom, there is just elements of white within his suit,” director Ruben Fleischer explained earlier this month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Because our character does not originate from Spider-Man, it makes no sense to put a spider on his chest. We tried to be as accurate as we possibly could, even though some people feel it’s inaccurate, but there is a lot of white and we wanted to give him a distinctive pattern.”
Swinging into theaters on Oct. 5, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot. Morbius, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jared Leto, does not have a release date yet.
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