Venom has close to 40 minutes of deleted scenes, according to star Tom Hardy. Venom is the second cinematic appearance of the title character, following Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Topher Grace played the role in that version, with the Venom symbiote infecting Peter Parker’s rival Eddie Brock and turning him into a villain. Unfortunately, Raimi’s noted distaste for Venom showed through in the movie, and the character’s appearance proved to be a major disappointment.
A spinoff featuring Venom was meant to follow Spider-Man 3, but the reception to the character – and the later cancellation of Spider-Man 4 – led to the movie stalling. Sony also had plans for Eddie Brock to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with the movie setting up a Venom spinoff too. Channing Tatum was reportedly eager to play the role in multiple movies, but once a deal was made between Sony and Marvel to share Spider-Man, those plans were scrapped.
After a long journey back to the big screen Venom finally gets his own solo movie, with Tom Hardy playing both Eddie Brock and Venom. During a new interview with Comics Explained, Hardy revealed the movie has at least 30 minutes of deleted footage, some of which were among his favorite scenes.
There are like 30 to 40 minutes worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie… all of them. Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. You know what I mean? They just never made it in.
Part of the appeal of a Venom movie is seeing what an actor like Hardy can do with dual roles, and it’s likely he was given some creative leeway during filming to experiment. Hardy also recently revealed his inspiration for Venom’s distinctive voice, which includes influences like Busta Rhymes and James Brown.
Fans were recently disappointed to learn Venom would be PG-13 since it was originally pitched as a darker, more mature comic book movie. It was recently confirmed the PG-13 rating was always the plan, and that no R-rated cut exists. This makes sense from a business standpoint, with Sony not only hoping to kick off a Spider-Man villain universe that includes Venom and the Jared Leto starring Morbius movie, they also want to tie-in with other potential Marvel cinematic universe projects. The movie is currently on track to perform well, but the reaction of fans will likely decide if a Venom franchise goes ahead or not.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018