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  • Acting for Two: Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock and also provides the voice of the symbiote. The same goes in foreign dubs, excluding the Japanese one, when Junichi Suwabe voice Eddie, while Shido Nakamura voice the symbiote instead.
  • Approval of God:
    • Venom's co-creator Todd McFarlane has stated that he had faith in Tom Hardy doing a good job acting the part.
    • Previous Venom actor Topher Grace heartily approved of Hardy's casting, calling him "just the best dude."
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Michelle Williams signed onto this movie just so she could work with Tom Hardy, which is something she really wanted to do. (An interview on the Blu-Ray states that she considers watching Tom Hardy go nuts on set as Eddie/Venom is basically Pass the Popcorn for her). The other reason she took the part? Money, Dear Boy. After the movie was released and was safe for her to spoil, she added a third reason: she was excited by the prospect of playing She-Venom, even if only for a single scene.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, the symbiote is voiced by movie actor Shido Nakamura, aka Ryuk. Curiously enough, this is not the first time he voiced a Spider-Man character, as he voiced Electro in the dub of The Amazing Spider Man 2. Also, Anne Weying is voiced by Idol Singer Shoko Nakagawa.
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  • Critical Dissonance: To the point it sits at an 81% audience score (higher than several of the mainline Spider-Man movies and in the same ballpark as Sami Rami's Spider-Man 2, the highest score of his trilogy) on Rotten Tomatoes despite utterly bombing among critics with a score of only 29%.
  • Development Hell: Producer Avi Arad had been trying to make a Venom movie since before the Spider-Man Trilogy even came out, as he had noticed how well the character was doing in toy sales in the '90s, making him believe that Venom would make for great blockbuster material. It wasn't until after Spider-Man 3 that the project went into serious development, at first as a spin-off of the trilogy, but it was then decided to have the film be set in its own universe, partially in response to the negative reception that Topher Grace's take on the character received. Development was halted when The Amazing Spider-Man began production, but then resumed after the release of that film, with the idea that the Venom movie would this time be a spin-off of the Amazing series. After the Amazing series was cancelled in favor of bringing Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, development was halted yet again, but after a year or so, the final version of the movie was put back into development and then eventual production, with the idea of having it be set in its own universe revived.
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  • Executive Meddling: It was originally reported that Ruben Fleischer wanted to make an R-rated movie, but that some executives at Sony didn't in the hopes that they could have Tom Holland's Spider-Man cross over with Tom Hardy's Venom, and that the studio won and the film is PG-13. Contradicting these reports, Fleischer later stated that there was no R-rated version and that they were always aiming for PG-13.
  • Fake American:
    • Similar to another English actor named Tom playing a character from Spider-Man lore, Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock as an American.
    • British-Pakistani Riz Ahmed plays the South Asian-American Carlton Drake.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • While the universe that Venom is supposed to kick off is to be set in its own continuity and not that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, somehow producer Amy Pascal has hinted at the presence of Tom Holland's Spider-Man in it, which would mean that there will be at least some ties to the MCU. However, the statement is contradictory to Kevin Feige's plans for the MCU, which do not include Venom at all (or do not yet, Wild Mass Guessing is in full force here). Pascal later retracted her comments on the MCU merging, stating that the film is not a part of that universe. Pascal then said in a later interview that although the spinoff characters will not appear in the MCU they exist in the same reality, which Feige backed up as the perfect answer... at least until an interview with Entertainment Weekly stated that the film was not part of the MCU whatsoever. It mostly depends on who you ask, with the people at Sony leaning towards "yes" and the people at Marvel saying "no."
    • There's also the matter of the film's rating; when the project was first announced, it was suggested by Sony that the movie would be R-rated. However, the teaser, the trailer, and comments by Avi Arad seem to indicate that the film will be PG-13. Despite Fleischer pushing for an R-rating, Sony executives ultimately mandated a PG-13 rating so as to make a potential crossover with the MCU Spider-Man easier to pull off. Fleischer later stated that there was no R-rated version and that they were always aiming for PG-13.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The movie is intended to kick off a new Shared Universe that probably wouldn't have been planned if not for the MCU's unparalleled success with that concept. And it's not the first time that Sony has tried this with this character's parent franchise.
    • While the initially intended R rating was ultimately scrapped, Deadpool's success as a Anti-Hero-based film was a decisive factor in pushing forward for Venom.
  • I Knew It!: A number of fans guessed that Woody Harrelson was playing Carnage the moment his name was teased in connection with the project.
  • The Merch:
    • Prior to the film's release, Sony teamed up with Brisk to make a line of Venom-themed beverages, and repackaged several of their prior movies to have a sleeve that makes it look like the symbiote is covering the case.
    • While many were hoping for a tie-in video-game or at least action figures to be made, especially in light of the film's success, NECA revealed on their Twitter that Sony has not licensed the Venom movie to anyone.
  • Milestone Celebration: The film is released in 2018, the 30th anniversary of Eddie Brock's first major appearance in Spider-Man comics, The Amazing Spider-Man #300 in May 1988 more precisely.note 
  • No Animals Were Harmed: The reason that the lobsters in the tank had to be removed and replaced with plastic ones once Tom Hardy decided he was going to climb into the tank.
  • Saved from Development Hell: First proposed in 2007, eventually made in 2017 for a 2018 release window.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Tom Hardy has said that he took up the role of Venom for his 10-year-old son who is a fan of the character. His son also helped him out in preparation for the role, teaching him about the characters.
  • The Stinger: Woody Harrelson was sort-of expected to play Cletus, but sharp-eyed viewers will notice that the prison guard who escorts Eddie to Cletus' cell is Wade Williams, who played a prison guard in the show Prison Break.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Tom Hardy plays Eddie and voices Venom, and the two interact.
    • Ditto Riz Ahmed playing Drake and voicing Riot.
  • Throw It In!: Tom Hardy did a ton of improvising off various weird bits he noticed in various filming locations. Including the infamous 'Lobster Tank' scene where Eddie climbs in and takes a seat in a lobster aquarium as he's burning up from a fever.
  • Troubled Production: Development on the movie was rushed to meet an October 2018 deadline — several months after the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a Marvel Studios movie with Spider-Man characters, and a few months before Sony's own Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which Venom itself would promote — and this would directly and indirectly lead to a number of problems down the line. According to Deadline, the production on the film underwent a shutdown leading up to the release, Tom Hardy and the director got into frequent conflicts on the set, and editing on the film was done in an incredibly short timespan to meet the aforementioned release date that had already been set. In any case, it's actually surprising to see that the final film itself doesn't reflect the majority of these problems.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal, and Matthias Schoenaerts were considered for the role of Carlton Drake before Riz Ahmed was cast.
    • Jackie Earle Haley and Cameron Monaghan expressed interest in playing Cletus Kasady before the casting of Woody Harrelson.
    • Adi Shankar, Adam Wingard, and Rawson Marshall Thurber were considered to direct the movie before Ruben Fleischer was hired. Shankar previously produced Truth in Journalism which features Ryan Kwanten as Eddie Brock.
    • A Venom spin-off movie has been in the planning stages as far back as 2007, with said movie portraying the title character as an anti-hero and including Carnage as the main villain.
    • In 2013, a Venom film was also considered as one of the planned spin-offs of The Amazing Spider-Man Series along with a planned Sinister Six movie (which would also have potentially included Venom as a member of the titular team), with Alex Kurtzman as the director. The leaked e-mails from the 2014 Sony hack also revealed that, among the wealth of planned installments for The Amazing Spider-Man Series, a few of them would have focused on Venom, one of them even being an Agent Venom film.
    • The film was originally planned to begin with the Life Foundation shuttle coming across the symbiote-infested comet and harvesting four of them, but this scene was cut and the film instead opens with the shuttle on its way back to Earth after collecting the samples.
    • "The Third Floor” — one of the companies that worked on the Venom movie's CGI — released concept art showing that Carnage was originally going to be the film's antagonist rather than Riot.
  • Working Title: "Antidote".

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