A new Venom movie still isn't sure what to do with Spider-Man's creepy foe

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A stand-alone movie starring extreme Spider-Man opponent Venom looks, from a distance, like a beacon of ’90s nostalgia, addressing that era’s tendencies to go big and fan-baiting in its comics yet weirdly small and chintzy in its comics-based movies. (At least those that don’t feature Batman.) But as it turns out,…

Tom Hardy says all of his favorite parts of Venom got cut out of the movie

Sony’s new slime monster epic Venom arrives in theaters this Friday, which means its stars are currently out doing the promotional rounds, trying to drum up business, and hopefully avoid saying or doing anything that might hurt the movie’s chances. Like, say, telling an interviewer that all of their favorite parts of…

Good news, symbiotes and hosts: Tom Hardy signed on for several Venom sequels

With modern Hollywood’s famous aversion to sequels and reboots, it can be frustrating for fans of a movie to be left wondering if they’ll ever get more of the thing they like. Luckily, the Venom fans who watched the first trailer millions of times and who told everyone about how horny they are for Tom Hardy’s…

Tom Hardy's Venom was inspired by Woody Allen, Conor McGregor, and Redman

Topher Grace recently stopped just shy of admitting that Tom Hardy’s Venom from Venom will be better than his Venom from Spider-Man 3, but maybe the secret to Hardy’s apparent success is the eclectic influences he kept in mind while coming up with his take on the goopy, brain-eating, Marvel villain. In a profile from Esquire

Topher Grace tacitly admits that Tom Hardy will be a better Venom than he was

We’re deep enough into the world of superhero movies that we’ve had multiple recognizable actors play the same characters in different movies, so it must be a little weird for, say, the old Fantastic Four cast to see the new Fantastic Four cast (we know that nobody saw the new Fantastic Four, but that’s beside the…

Tom Hardy dismisses rumors that we won't see the symbiote until the end of Venom

Early glimpses of Ruben Fleischer and Sony’s Venom movie have focused on Tom Hardy as a pre-Symbiote-fused Eddie Brock, who only wrestles with demons in his handsome journalist form. The ferocious fusion is one of the notable elements missing in this Spider-Man spin-off (the other being our friendly neighborhood…

Today, in disconcerting art: A Tom Hardy wax figure with a beating heart and “warm torso”

Our well-documented criticisms of celebrity statues include a call for greater accuracy, so we don’t end up with a Cristiano Ronaldo bust that looks like its face is sliding off. But that isn’t our only beef with these life-size tributes (though it was the case with this Lady Gaga monstrosity). Sometimes the effort to…

Here, at last, is proof that Tom Hardy got a terrible Leonardo DiCaprio tattoo

Being famous doesn’t preclude you from making bad life decisions. That’s a lesson Tom Hardy learned the hard way when he bet his Revenant co-star Leonardo DiCaprio that he wouldn’t be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at that year’s Academy Awards. Apparently, DiCaprio had more faith in his co-star’s acting ability…

Hello, would you like to hear Tom Hardy's mixtape from 1999?

In a 2011 interview with the BBC, Tom Hardy admitted that he tried to launch a career as a rapper when he was a teenager, explaining that it “was a very hard sell” because he came “from a nice middle-class neighborhood” and because he “wasn’t very good.” He claimed to have recorded “loads of stuff” with legitimate…

This first look at Venom isn’t very dark, but it is very Tom Hardy

Ruben Fleischer’s Venom movie may currently be filming in San Francisco, but some of the production details remain hazy. We do know Tom Hardy’s leading the movie alongside co-stars Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate, as well as Riz Ahmed and Woody Harrelson. Carnage is definitely the bad guy, but whether or not any of…