Well this is certainly interesting…
Remember how there was a story doing the rounds earlier this week about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appearing in October’s Tom Hardy-headlined Venom? Well now comes an interesting clarification on that.
The source of that initial story was Jon Schnepp – a very reliable source and the man behind the brilliant The Death of Superman Lives! documentary. If you remember, Schnepp said how Holland’s Wall-crawler would make an appearance in Venom, and now he’s moved to clarify that Holland’s appearance in the film will actually be as Peter Parker rather than as ol’ Web-head.
Speaking on the Collider Heroes podcast, Schnepp explained, “Tom Holland was on set filming scenes on Venom for at least two days as Peter Parker. Okay, so I’m not saying Spider-Man is in the film. When I say Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the film, I’m saying Peter Parker is in the film. This is a cameo. I don’t know what it is, I didn’t read the script.”
Given how the origin of Venom as a character heavily involves Peter Parker/Spider-Man, it would certainly make sense to have Holland pop up in the film. For those not familiar with the origin, Eddie Brock was a reporter who resented Spider-Man for the trashy, sensationalised stories he was having to write. Eventually becoming suicidal, a desperate Brock sought solace at the local church… just as Spidey was freeing himself of the erratic, aggressive alien symbiote at said church. The Wall-crawler would indeed manage to get rid of the symbiote, but the alien goo would soon sense Brock’s hatred of Spider-Man and ultimately bond with him, thus creating the hate-driven Venom; a vengeful character who knew all of Peter's secrets. In the comics, this all happened when Peter Parker was an adult, so it remains to be seen how this would be done with Parker as a teenager.
While this should all be treated as a rumour until something official comes out, what we do know about Venom is that it will pull inspiration from the Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book arcs. That means that Carnage – the most maniacal, murderous and flat-out savage of all the symbiotes – will be the ‘big bad’ of the picture, with several other symbiotes also expected to feature.
To be directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleishcer, Venom is currently set for an October 5th release.