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Tom Hardy was supposedly going to portray Wolverine in future X-Men titles but was dropped to play Eddie Brock in the "Venom" movie although he still has interest in X-Men.
This film is well-known to have an extremely difficult production history. The film was originally envisioned as a direct spin-off from Spider-Man 3 (2007), though Topher Grace was stated not to return to the role. Shortly after that series was rebooted, the film was announced once again, though this time within continuity of the Webb series. Chris Zylka expressed interest in playing the characters Flash Thompson iteration, which was currently running in the comics at that time. Once The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) was released Sony announced Venom: Carnage would be apart of their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Soon after, Sony and Marvel decided to collaborate with the Spider-Man series opting to reboot again and placing a Venom spin-off on hold. Though Sony wishes to continue with their spin-offs of the Spider-Man series, no word has been announced on this films development.
Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey and Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
Sony considered Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing the spinoff film.
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Tom Hardy is the third actor from the Batman film franchise to appear in the Spider-Man related film. Michael Keaton appeared in Batman (1989) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). J.K. Simmons appeared in Spider-Man (2002) and its sequels, as well as Justice League (2017). Tom Hardy previously appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
It was rumored that Life (2017) is a prequel to this film, though that rumor was later debunked.
The first film in Sony's Marvel Universe.
Zac Efron joked that he is playing Eddie Brock on April Fool's Day.
This film take places outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Alex Kurtzman was in talks to direct the movie.
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Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
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Gary Ross was in talks to direct the film.
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Cameron Monaghan stated he would love to play Carnage in the movie.
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Actor Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
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This is Tom Hardy's first comic book movie since The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
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Besides Riz Ahmed, also considered for a mystery role were Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Matthias Schoenaerts.
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In June 2017, Marvel producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the MCU, however Amy Pascal contradicted this by saying it would. It was later announced that same month that Venom is it's own Universe.
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Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, Michael C. Hall, Michael Fassbender), Cameron Monaghan is the only one to express great interest in playing the role. Monaghan is known for portraying the breakout role and fan favorite "Jerome" in the TV series Gotham (2014)
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Oliver Scholl serves as production designer for the film was also the production designer for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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The filmmakers cite the Venom comic storylines "Lethal Protector" (Venom becomes a vigilante guardian hero for San Francisco) and "Planet of the Symbiotes" (Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes) as an influence on the film.
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