Tom Hardy Cast As Spidey Nemesis VENOM

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Tom Hardy Cast As Spidey Nemesis VENOM

#1 Post by AndyDursin » Mon May 22, 2017 6:07 pm

Terrif casting here:

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How are we supposed to take the news that Tom Hardy has been hired to play Eddie Brock, AKA the comic book antihero Venom, in a forthcoming superhero adventure for studio Sony, once and future custodian of Spider-Man on the big screen? If this were a sporting signing, it would be roughly equivalent to footballer Lionel Messi turning out for Accrington Stanley. With one mighty stroke, Sony has rendered all arguments about Venom’s unsuitability to big-screen stardom – and I’ve made quite a few of these – utterly irrelevant.

For there is something about Hardy that seems to elevate the most unwieldy of projects to the gold standard. Who would have thought that Mel Gibson could be so casually replaced as Mad Max, in 2015’s brutally minimalistic Fury Road? Or that the Batman villain Bane, a mute automaton in a dodgy gimp mask in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, could be transformed into one of the caped crusader’s greatest big-screen foes in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises?

There is also something strangely suitable about Hardy bonding himself to Venom. Sony has struggled to get the best out of its rights to Spider-Man over the past few years – both Amazing Spider-Man movies disappointed at the box office – to the extent that the studio has been forced to work with more successful rival Marvel on the upcoming Homecoming. No one really knows yet whether its plan to build a cinematic universe around the few Marvel Comics characters it owns the rights to – all relatively little-known Spidey regulars such as Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable – has any chance of working. We don’t even know if the new wallcrawler, Tom Holland, will be turning up in these movies.

This would be an issue for any other actor, but Hardy doesn’t require a household name superhero to make his mark. A leading man with the verve and range of the most expert character actor, he’s more than comfortable in the mode of a big-screen alchemist, creating brooding, economical titans of cinema from limited raw materials. He has also proved himself capable of holding our attention even when we are not entirely sure we like the character he is playing, notably as 19th-century entrepreneur-adventurer James Keziah Delaney in the excellent BBC drama Taboo. It’s this ability to breathe life into the most disagreeable of figures that should serve him well playing Venom.

How are we supposed to take the news that Tom Hardy has been hired to play Eddie Brock, AKA the comic book antihero Venom, in a forthcoming superhero adventure for studio Sony, once and future custodian of Spider-Man on the big screen? If this were a sporting signing, it would be roughly equivalent to footballer Lionel Messi turning out for Accrington Stanley. With one mighty stroke, Sony has rendered all arguments about Venom’s unsuitability to big-screen stardom – and I’ve made quite a few of these – utterly irrelevant.

For there is something about Hardy that seems to elevate the most unwieldy of projects to the gold standard. Who would have thought that Mel Gibson could be so casually replaced as Mad Max, in 2015’s brutally minimalistic Fury Road? Or that the Batman villain Bane, a mute automaton in a dodgy gimp mask in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, could be transformed into one of the caped crusader’s greatest big-screen foes in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises?

There is also something strangely suitable about Hardy bonding himself to Venom. Sony has struggled to get the best out of its rights to Spider-Man over the past few years – both Amazing Spider-Man movies disappointed at the box office – to the extent that the studio has been forced to work with more successful rival Marvel on the upcoming Homecoming. No one really knows yet whether its plan to build a cinematic universe around the few Marvel Comics characters it owns the rights to – all relatively little-known Spidey regulars such as Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable – has any chance of working. We don’t even know if the new wallcrawler, Tom Holland, will be turning up in these movies.

This would be an issue for any other actor, but Hardy doesn’t require a household name superhero to make his mark. A leading man with the verve and range of the most expert character actor, he’s more than comfortable in the mode of a big-screen alchemist, creating brooding, economical titans of cinema from limited raw materials. He has also proved himself capable of holding our attention even when we are not entirely sure we like the character he is playing, notably as 19th-century entrepreneur-adventurer James Keziah Delaney in the excellent BBC drama Taboo. It’s this ability to breathe life into the most disagreeable of figures that should serve him well playing Venom.

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