The Week in Movie News: Golden Globe Winners, ‘Venom’ Sequel Moves Forward and More

The Week in Movie News: Golden Globe Winners, ‘Venom’ Sequel Moves Forward and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

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Venom sequel in the works: Given that Venom has grossed more than $ 850 million worldwide, there was only a matter of time before a sequel was greenlit. Sony has reportedly made it official by hiring one of the first movie’s writer-producers to script the follow-up. Read more here.

 

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‘Venom’ Sequel Officially in the Works; Here’s Everything We Know

‘Venom’ Sequel Officially in the Works; Here’s Everything We Know

Sony has a new comic book movie franchise, and the studio didn’t even need Spider-Man to make it happen – not on screen, anyway. Venom, a Marvel Comics character associated with Spidey, made his solo screen debut this past fall, and the movie has gone on to gross more than $ 850 million worldwide. Despite critics not liking it (28% on Rotten Tomatoes), moviegoers have been loving Venom and want more.

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Watch: Exclusive ‘Venom’ Video, Plus: How To Own The Film Right Now

Watch: Exclusive 'Venom' Video, Plus: How To Own The Film Right Now

Straight from theaters and into your living room, Venom is now available for streaming on FandangoNOW. And when you purchase a ticket for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (in theaters December 14) at Fandango, you’ll have a chance to own Venom for only $ 10. More details here.

To celebrate the digital release of one of this year’s most successful comic book movies, we’re debuting this exclusive behind-the-scenes feature that takes a look at some of the clever Easter eggs…

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‘Venom’ just passed ‘Wonder Woman’ at the global box office

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As if to prove there’s no justice in the real world, Venom is on track to overpower two previous superhero box office titans — and possibly become one of the most profitable movies of its ilk.

After reaching $ 822 million in total global earnings over the weekend, Venom has eclipsed both Wonder Woman‘s $ 821 million and Spider-Man‘s $ 821 million. 

This might be cause for confusion and concern among superhero movie fans, since Venom received quite, uh, “mixed reviews” from critics and audiences alike.

Yet it’s still projected to become one of the most profitable big budget superhero movies yet after accounting for both its production budget and its gross earnings, according to Forbes. Read more…

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‘First Man’ blasts off behind ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ in its opening weekend at the box office

The Neil Armstrong film “First Man” settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The Ryan Gosling-starrer and a host of newcomers, like the family-friendly “Goosebumps” sequel and the neo-noir mystery “Bad Times at the El Royale,” couldn’t…

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‘Venom’ sets October box office record with $80 million as ‘Star is Born’ soars

In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie “Venom” shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $ 80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to $ 41.3 million.

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‘Venom’ Director Spills on All Those Big Spoilers

SPOILER ALERT: Be warned, this article contains big spoilers about Venom. Proceed at your own risk.

Venom has officially arrived, and like most comic book movies, it came with its share of surprise reveals and telling Easter eggs. We asked director Ruben Fleischer about what the movie’s biggest surprises mean for the future of the franchise, and here’s everything we found out.

Yep, That Is Definitely Carnage in the Post-Credits Scene

In the big post-credits scene, Eddie Brock, his journalism career restored, interviewed an enigmatic inmate played by none other than actor Woody Harrelson. In case the rumors didn’t give it away, the shock of bright red hair and pointed use of the word “carnage” made it official: Serial killer Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, will find his way into a potential Venom sequel. “What’s so exciting about [Venom] and this world is that it can really go anywhere,” Fleischer told FANDOM of the big Carnage reveal.


Venom, Carnage, Spider-Man

Who is Carnage, and why is he a big deal? In the comics, Eddie Brock met serial killer Cletus Kasady in jail, where Kasady was serving eleven consecutive life sentences. When the Venom symbiote tried to break Brock out of prison, it gave birth to another symbiote. This baby symbiote bonded with Kasady, creating the creature Carnage. Yup, comics are weird.

This bond heightened Kasady’s instability, and Carnage went on a murderous rampage all over New York City. Carnage is a true villain and shouldn’t be taken lightly — it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with Venom’s humorous PG-13 world, especially with Woody Harrelson driving.

That Dead Astronaut Might Be an Important Spider-Man Link

In Venom, one of the astronauts killed upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere had a very familiar and possibly important last name: Jameson. You probably know J Jonah Jameson as the Daily Bugle newspaper editor constantly shouting for more pictures of Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Tobey Maguire-led movie trilogy. You might also remember that in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 Jameson’s son John, an astronaut, was engaged to Mary Jane Watson before she left him at the altar.


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In the Venom comics, the Jameson family has a more superhero-centric backstory. J Jonah Jameson’s son, J Jonah Jameson III, was a NASA astronaut who later became the character Man-Wolf — a very fancy kind of space werewolf. The quick ‘Jameson’ reference in Venom is our first reference to the family since Tom Holland took over as Spider-Man in 2017. Could this mean a more connected Venom/Spider-Man universe?

When asked about Jameson, Fleischer didn’t rule anything out. “Who knows where this will all go, but we tried to lay the groundwork for some intersecting worlds, and I think it’s exciting to imagine the possibilities of really exploring all of these different directions.”

We Could (and Should) Get More She-Venom

One of the best moments in Venom was Anne Weying’s brief appearance as She-Venom. When asked about her portrayal of Anne, actor Michelle Williams told FANDOM that she wanted Anne to be “a woman who was empowered and believed in her own worth enough to ask for respect and equality.” What could be more fitting equality than getting a symbiote alter ego of her own?

We asked Fleischer if we might see more of Anne as She-Venom in the future, and his answer gave us a lot of hope: “Nothing is ruled out.” We know that Michelle Williams is down to take on the role in a larger capacity, and we’re certainly ready to see more She-Venom, so yes, let’s do this.


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Fleischer continued, “One of my favorite moments is the appearance of She-Venom, albeit brief. That is certainly a character I would like to spend more time with and would be excited to see where she goes in the future.” And considering Anne got a heavy make-out session with Eddie while she was taken over by Venom, is a twisted love triangle on the table now? Only time will tell.

Venom is in theaters now.

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Review: Tom Hardy Is One Good Reason to See Venom

In the grand scheme of all movies ever made—including, say, F.W. Murnau’s exquisite 1927 silent film Sunrise and the totally useless 2015 Entourage movie—the line between a super-awesome Marvel movie and a bad one is cellophane-thin. Venom, the latest Marvel entry—that is to say, the latest movie based on Marvel material—is neither the most super-awesome Marvel movie nor the worst. It exists in that micro-millimeter’s breadth of in-between. Venom has energy, style and Tom Hardy—all good things. But it doesn’t really make sense, a bad thing. It will earn some money at the box office and people will probably talk about it for a week, maybe two. This is as it should be: Expending more energy on it would be overkill.

You could do worse, though, than spend an hour or two with Hardy as, first, investigative journalist Eddie Brock and, later, as the human host of an extraterrestrial being known as Venom. Hardy’s Brock is an appealing, swaggering TV journalist who investigates homelessness, icky landfills and other injustices; he’s a regular guy who wears hoodies and lots of braided bracelets, and he has a smart, beautiful lawyer girlfriend, Anne (Michelle Williams). But Brock loses his job when he digs a little too deeply into the inner workings of the Life Foundation, a bioengineering company run by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), an affable genius who’s busy importing “symbiotes” from outer space, life forms that he hopes to meld with human beings for God-knows-what reason. Anne is implicated in Brock’s journalistic shenanigans and loses her job. The two break up. Brock falls apart.

But things perk up for Brock when his already pretty buff bod is overtaken by Venom, a crabby but somewhat principled symbiote who makes his wishes known in a subterranean growl. (Hardy also supplies Venom’s voice.) Sometimes Venom is inside Brock, but you can’t see him—you only hear him giving orders or making witty declarations: “Hungry!” “On my planet, I am a loser, just like you!” And sometimes Venom inhabits Brock fully, transforming him into a towering specimen of a man, with glistening obsidian skin and elongated eyes the color of egg whites. His permanent grin consists of multiple rows of very pointy teeth; now and then a long, slithery tongue pokes through. Venom isn’t really evil; he’s more like the id come to life. And he half-likes, half-pities his new host Brock, so he’s happy to help him do stuff—like get his girlfriend back.

If or when you see Venom, you will witness a messy, not very interesting battle between Venom and another, more malevolent symbiote. There’s also a sloppily photographed and edited car-and-motorcycle chase, with vehicles moving fast but also illogically. It’s supposed to be exciting but isn’t. There are some cool special effects: The symbiotes in search of hosts, encased in glass-walled medical-type containers, are glittery blue-gray blobs that look like an unholy alliance of slime mold and those toys where you use a magnet to move iron-shavings around to create facial hair on a bald cartoon gent. They’re kind of neat to look at. You will have to ignore the fact that sometimes the symbiotes kill their hosts, sometimes they just use them temporarily and then jump out, and sometimes they move in and stay for good. There’s no rhyme nor reason to any of it.

It should also be noted that Venom isn’t strictly part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but rather an MCU offshoot produced by Sony. So if that means anything to you, there’s that. It’s also worth pointing out that Venom’s director, Ruben Fleischer, has made better films before: His debut was the rather delightful 2009 Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone, before she was superstar.

But Venom at least has a sense of humor about itself. And though the generally wonderful Michelle Williams has little to do (and the also wonderful Jenny Slate appears in a much smaller role, with almost nothing to do), Hardy, with his sensitive, everydude mug, is fun to watch. Brock staggers through the city in which the story is set, San Francisco, arguing with his inner demon Venom about what they should eat next (humans or Tater Tots?) or what, exactly, they should do about the troublesome Drake. On the Marvel scale of greatness, with 1 being the least pleasing and 10 the most amazing, Venom might be around a 3.5, a 4 if you’re in a really good mood. Which means it might not be nearly as bad as Entourage. But it’s nowhere close to Sunrise.


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Interview: ‘Venom’ Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach on Building a New Universe of Big-Screen Antiheroes

Interview: 'Venom' Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach on Building a New Universe of Big-Screen Antiheroes

 

It's been years in the making, and fans of the brain-eating alien symbiote Venom are more than excited to finally see the beloved Spider-Man baddie finally get his own movie. Starring Tom Hardy, and directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Venom introduces a new kind of comic book movie — a darker, more subersive take on a popular side character in the larger Spider-Man universe. 

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Here’s Exactly Why ‘Venom’ Has a PG-13 Rating

Initially, the announcement of Venom’s PG-13 rating seemed a cause for concern among fans of the darker, more sinister Marvel character. Citing the recent success of grittier R-rated hero movies like Logan and Deadpool, fans questioned what the lighter rating would mean: Would a PG-13 rating mean a weaker, watered down version of Eddie Brock/Venom? Was the rating an attempt to entice Disney into letting squeaky clean Marvel teen Peter Parker possibly play in Venom’s sandbox? FANDOM spoke with Venom director Ruben Fleischer ahead of the movie’s October 5 release date, and here’s what he had to say.

No, the PG-13 rating is not about Spider-Man


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Fleischer confirmed that Venom was “always designed as a PG-13 movie.” But that doesn’t mean Spider-Man is totally out of the picture — and fans aren’t the only ones psyched for the possibility of a superhero crossover. When asked specifically about a possible future appearance by the wall-crawler, Fleischer replied, “Keeping it PG-13 does allow for the possibility of intersecting with other worlds, which is exciting.” Additionally, Fleischer doesn’t think sacrificing an R-rating meant sacrificing action or tone. “We wanted to push it to the hilt,” he said, “which I feel like we did.”

The Dark Knight was a big inspiration behind Venom‘s rating


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While the Spider-Man franchise wasn’t a factor in Venom‘s PG-13 rating, another superhero juggernaut was: The Dark Knight. “Our reference point was always The Dark Knight,” Fleischer explained. “If you can put a pen through a guy’s forehead, then you can certainly bite some peoples’ heads off. I don’t feel like Dark Knight made any compromises and I don’t believe that with our film we made any compromises.”

The director is very confident that the brutal action in Venom will be more than enough to fulfill audience expectations for new and old fans alike. It sounds like there will be plenty of skull-snacking, cranium-crunching, face-feasting to go around.

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