Todd McFarlane is hard at work bringing his creator-owned character ‘Spawn’ to life on the big screen. But one of his work-for-hire creations is also creeping toward cineplexes everywhere, Marvel’s Venom. McFarlane was just one of many whose hands went into the creation of the symbiotic Spider-Man foil, but he is no more involved in developing the movie than we are. Therefore he has some questions about Sony’s film, which is the first movie by the studio based on a Spider-Man-related character but that won’t connect in any way to the established films.
One thing McFarlane is not at all worried about is ‘Venom”s star Tom Hardy.
“It’ll be interesting. I’ve seen some movies of his where he can bring anger and a wide personality to it. To me, I think Tom Hardy’s going to be as good as whatever Venom looks like. We all know Tom’s going to act. He’s going to do a good job.”
So what does McFarlane want to know about the ‘Venom’ movie? Pretty much everything.
“So now what’s Venom gonna look like? It’s an R-rated movie, how “R” are they going to go? To me, that’s the question. Are they going to go a “little bit R”? Venom’s a monster to me, and to me – are they going to make him a monster or are they going to make him a man? Are they going to humanize him? That’s what we gotta find out.”
Though the Venom character had many creators, McFarlane’s stylistic art helped make the character breakout as one of the biggest introductions of the late 80s and he even went on to headline his own comics for decades afterward.
As for McFarlane, while his ‘Spider-Man’ comics had a grittier edge than most of the wall-crawler’s stories, his subsequent work on his creator-owned ‘Spawn’ took things to a new level of darkness. It’s no surprise that he wants to see the ‘Venom’ movie go as bleak as possible.
Venom’s personality has varied wildly over the years, from monstrous beast to cunning villain to anti-hero.
Which version would you like to see in the movie?
Source: Screen Geek