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  • This film is well-known to have an extremely difficult production history. The film was originally envisioned as a direct spin-off from Spider-Man 3 (2007), though Topher Grace was not slated to return to the role. Shortly after the films were rebooted, the film was announced once again, though this time within continuity of the Webb series. Chris Zylka expressed interest in playing the characters Flash Thompson iteration, which was currently running in the comics at that time. Once The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) was released, Sony announced that "Venom: Carnage" would be a part of their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Soon afterward, Sony and Marvel decided to collaborate with the Spider-Man films, opting to reboot again, and placing a Venom spin-off on hold.
  • Josh Emerson was a fan favorite to play Eddie Brock/Venom.
  • In March 2012, Chronicle (2012) director Josh Trank was negotiating with Sony about his interest in directing.
  • Stephen Farrelly and Kellan Lutz wanted to play Venom.
  • Gary Ross was in talks to direct the film.
  • Zac Efron joked that he is playing Eddie Brock on April Fool's Day.
  • Alex Kurtzman and Dante Harper were originally set to direct and write the film respectively.
  • It was rumored that Life (2017) is a prequel to this film, as the two movies' trailers shared some stock footage, though that rumor was later debunked.
  • In June 2017, Marvel Producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie would not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Amy Pascal contradicted this by saying it would. It was later announced that same month that Venom is its own universe.
  • Before Riz Ahmed was cast as Carlton Drake, Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Matthias Schoenaerts were considered for the part.
  • This is Production Designer Oliver Scholl's fifth comic book film, after Batman Forever (1995), Elektra (2005), Suicide Squad (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
  • Jenny Slate's character, Dora Skirth, is an original character exclusive to the movie.
  • Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In the comics, Bane ingested a serum named Venom to gain super strength.
  • The filmmakers cite the films of horror directors John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as an influence on the film, as well as the horror comedy films An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984).
  • The film's official movie poster is designed in a similar fashion to one of Spider-Man 2 (2004)'s movie posters. In each poster, the design presents the main character's face partially covered by part of his costume.
  • Out of the five Marvel-based films released in 2018, this one is the only non-sequel. However, Black Panther (2018) was the start of its own sub-franchise, even though it is a spin-off of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and part of the combined Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Besides portraying Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy also provided the voice and physical stand-in for several scenes of Venom.
  • The film released in the 30th Anniversary year of Venom's debut in Marvel comics (May 1988).
  • In the comics, Eddie Brock is 6'3" and has strawberry-blond hair, although this has varied with different interpretations of the character. Tom Hardy, who plays Eddie Brock in the film, is 5'9" and has dark-brown hair.
  • Tom Hardy cites The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) as an influence on the relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom: "I always saw Venom as a lounge lizard, and Eddie Brock as an everyday kind of guy who's inherited this massive ego beast."
  • Tom Hardy describes Venom as a tragic clown: "There's something funny about the circumstances of having a tragic gift. It's a superpower you don't really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He's both a reluctant hero and an anti-hero."
  • Tom Hardy considers Venom the coolest Marvel hero because "he has a brazen swagger and a zero foxtrot attitude."
  • Tom Hardy cites singer James Brown as an influence on Venom's voice.
  • Tom Hardy's son Louis Thomas Hardy is a fan of Venom, and Hardy took the role to please him: "I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people's heads off." Louis also guided his father on how to appropriately portray Brock/Venom, since Hardy didn't know the character very well.
  • This is Michelle Williams' first superhero film. When asked why she wanted to be a part of this movie, she said, "I always like to do things I haven't done before, genres, parts. I like a challenge, and one of those challenges has been stepping into a bigger world."
  • Topher Grace, who portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007), praises Tom Hardy as Venom.
  • Tom Hardy's first role for a Marvel-related production, his second superhero film since The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (from DC Comics/Entertainment, Marvel's longtime competitor) and his first Columbia/Sony Pictures associated production since Marie Antoinette (2006).
  • Tom Hardy based his performance as Eddie Brock/Venom on three actors: Woody Allen ("the tortured neurosis and all the humor that can come from that"), martial artist fighter Conor McGregor ("the taste and capability for uber-violence"), and Redman ("out of control, living rent-free in his head.").
  • Originally, Tom Hardy was going to portray Venom in motion-capture visual effects, but that plan was scrapped because the facial features couldn't be imitated: "Your eyes and teeth and tongue are not going to match with his, and you need a seven-foot tall basketball player in a Lycra suit for the physical shots!" Venom is fully computer graphics imagery in the film. However, Tom Hardy did perform as Venom on-camera in the costume of Brock, over which Venom was animated in key-frame to match the movements and stunts of Hardy.
  • Tom Hardy recorded his lines for the Venom symbiote during pre-production, and they were played back to the actor through an earpiece on set during scenes where Brock and the symbiote talk to each other.
  • This is Jenny Slate's first Columbia movie.
  • (at around 10 mins) When Eddie is going through Anne's emails, there is an email from someone named "Bodhi". Riz Ahmed played a character named Bodhi in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
  • This is the fourth Marvel movie set in San Francisco following Hulk (2003), Ant-Man (2015), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
  • (at around 9 mins) Anne reminds Eddie of his firing from the Daily Globe and his being forced to leave New York. In the Spider-Man comics, Eddie was a reporter for the Daily Globe, a rival newspaper of the Daily Bugle. In the comic, a serial killer known as the Sin Eater was going around and murdering people. Eddie interviewed a man who claimed to be the Sin Eater but, eventually Spider-Man caught the real Sin-Eater and it was discovered that the man Eddie interviewed was a compulsive confessor. Eddie was subsequently fired from his job because of this and shortly after becoming Venom moved to San Francisco.
  • Emilio Rivera has appeared in both live action movies featuring Venom. In Spider-Man 3 (2007) he played a police officer and in Venom he was the security guard.
  • In an interview, Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed both state that their favorite line from the movie is simply "Mrs. Chen."
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) At the end of the last scene before the credits, a sign can be seen for Ron Lim Herbal. Ron Lim is an artist who worked on the first Venom solo series.
  • Anne Weying works for a law firm called Michelinie & McFarlane. These are the names of Venom's creators David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane.
  • The name of Brock's apartment building, Schueller, after Randy Schueller, a Marvel Comics fan who in 1982 suggested the idea of giving Spider-Man a black costume. The costume would debut in 1984 and would later evolve into the concept of a sentient alien being, and later into a symbiote.
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) The Venom symbiote recommends chocolate. According to the 1995 miniseries "Venom: The Hunger", symbiotes need a chemical called phenethylamine which is available in brains, and chocolate.
  • The fourth time Tom Hardy has played in a live action remake of well known TV/Movie characters after Shinzon (aka Jean-Luc Picard's evil Clone) in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
  • It is the first film in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC), adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
  • Principal photography began in October 2017, taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco.
  • Venom had its world premiere at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles on October 1, 2018.
  • Venom was ranked as the 22nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time, in IGN's list of the top 100 comic villains. IGN also ranked Mac Gargan's incarnation of Venom as #17, in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers", while the Flash Thompson incarnation, was ranked as #27. The character was also listed as #33, on Empire's 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters.
  • (at around 59 mins) Venom's line "Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!" comes from "Amazing Spider-Man" #374.
  • John Jameson is the astronaut who survived the shuttle crash. In the Marvel comics he becomes Man-Wolf after finding the "Godstone" on the moon, which attaches to him similar to a symbiote.
  • Casey Jayne auditioned for the role of Anne Weying.
  • Michelle Lee's role was rumored to be Donna Diego.
  • Tyler Williams was considered a perfect fit, due to the similarities between his back story and that of Flash Thompson aka Venom Spaceknight.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: heard when Venom throws a SFPD SWAT officer from over the office building lobby's railing. But it's not on the digital release
  • (at around 1h 9 mins) Anne comments to Eddie that high frequency sound is the symbiote's 'kryptonite,' a DC Comics reference to Superman. Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) played Bane in DC's The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Also DC's Shazam! (2019) trailer is shown in theaters before the feature presentation of "Venom."
  • Tom Hardy and Jenny Slate also were in This Means War (2012).
  • Prior to the release of the second trailer, it was rumored that the movie would feature the Venom character only during the film's final act. Fans were relieved when the second trailer showed plenty of scenes with the character. The final film also heavily featured Venom in action sequences, though Tom Hardy has revealed that 30-40 minutes of the film, including his favorite sequences, was removed.
  • The Venom symbiote was bonded to Eddie in the comics. However, its connection to his body was essentially in the form of a glorified second layer of skin that would often take the appearance of civilian clothes. This film sees Eddie bonded to the symbiote similarly, but it's also become a part of his body, similar to how his Ultimate version was bonded to the Black Suit.
  • In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially worn by Peter Parker as a Spider-Man suit after he finds it on another planet before eventually separating and bonding with Eddie Brock. However, the movie makes the symbiotes independent discoveries of the Life Foundation, removing any connection to Spider-Man whatsoever. Indeed, the giant "white spider" insignia that typically appears on Venom's chest is absent.
  • Previous adaptations pronounce "symbiote" as "sim-BEE-oat." Here, Dora Skirth suggests it's pronounced "sim-BYE-oat" ...and later Carlton Drake pronounces it as, "sim-BEE-oat". It really just depends on how each character pronounces it.
  • 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.
  • The motorcycle that Eddie rides is a Ducati Scrambler Classic.
  • Ron Cephas Jones, who plays Eddie Brock's boss, also appeared in Marvel's Luke Cage series as Bobby Fish.
  • Eminem performs the title song 'Venom.' According to a recent interview, both Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed are fans of the rapper.
  • Woody Harrelson starred in director Ruben Fleischer's first feature film, Zombieland (2009) alongside stars Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. Stone and Eisenberg have their own comic book movie connections, with Eisenberg appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and Stone appearing as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) films.
  • Venom's first appearance on the big screen was in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007). In that film, photographer Eddie Brock, played by Topher Grace, bonds with the alien symbiote and transforms into Venom after the symbiote is discarded by Spider-Man.
  • According to a "CinemaBlend" interview with director Ruben Fleischer, there was an earlier version of the movie that showed Venom's home planet full of symbiotes.
  • In preparing for the film, director Ruben Fleischer visited SpaceX, a rocket manufacturer and launch facility in California. The facility's modern look influenced the look of the mission control set in "Venom."
  • Scientist Dora Skirth is played by Jenny Slate. Slate told "Backstage" that she knew a lot of people who auditioned for her role in "Venom." The part was originally written as a male character, but the casting department saw both men and women for many of the supporting roles in the film.
  • According to an interview, Paul J. Franklin had his VFX team study the movement of slime molds, jellyfish, and amoeba in order to come up with the visual effects that represent Venom's movement.
  • The Malaysian market scene was filmed on a dirt lot in Rex, Georgia that was heavily dressed by set decorator Larry Dias and his crew.
  • Tom Hardy isn't the only "Venom" actor to have a Batman connection. Jenny Slate provided the voice of Harley Quinn in The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
  • At San Diego Comic-Con, Tom Hardy told "Variety" that his son's love for the character of Venom influenced his decision to take the title role.
  • Mrs. Chen, the store clerk, is played by Peggy Lu. She has also had roles on NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Transparent (2014), and Workaholics (2011).
  • Riz Ahmed sees his character of Carlton Drake as someone who's trying to "navigate an ethical framework within the logic of the conflict and morality."
  • (at around 28 mins) The scene between Dora Skirth and Eddie Brock at the market was the first scene that Jenny Slate read. She said in an interview, "I've never played a character like this before. And it's also so one on one, you know? It's like, 'Wow, if I get this part, I'm truly going to be in a scene with Tom Hardy.' Like great, yeah."
  • Reid Scott played another character named Dan, Dan Egan, on HBO's award-winning political comedy Veep (2012). The show won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series three years in a row.
  • Director Ruben Fleischer wanted to make sure "Venom" looked tonally different from other comic book movies. In a recent interview he said, "...I wanted to make a darker, grittier, kind of edgier comic book movie that also has a strong horror element, which is inherent to the character and the comic. Those were the aspects: darker, edgier, grittier."
  • Tom Hardy told "RTE Entertainment" recently that he drew upon MMA fighter Conor McGregor when developing his character in "Venom" because "he wants to have a scrap with everybody." Hardy also mention being inspired by the "neuroses of Woody Allen" and Harrison Ford from "Indiana Jones."
  • Tater Tots, like the ones Eddie eats, were invented in 1953 at the Ore-Ida company. The company got its name from its location at the Oregon-Idaho border.
  • Paul J. Franklin, the visual effects supervisor on "Venom," won Academy Awards for his work on Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014). He also worked on director Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy. Tom Hardy was in "Inception" and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the last film in Christopher Nolan's Batman's trilogy.
  • Michelle Williams told "The Hollywood Reporter" that Tom Hardy was a big reason why she decided to sign on for "Venom." "He's so talented and so committed. He also makes unusual choices in a moment-to-moment, scene-by-scene kind of way."
  • (at around 43 mins) Tom Hardy came up with the idea to have Eddie Brock get in the lobster tank when they were rehearsing the scene on location. The tank was not originally built to support having a person inside, so the crew had to build a special one.
  • (at around 44 mins) The restaurant scene was shot once with the live lobsters and once with the fake lobsters. The lobster that Tom Hardy bites into was actually candy-coated marshmallow filling with chocolate syrup.
  • Paul J. Franklin, who supervised the visual effects on "Venom," recalls in an interview the different iterations of what he calls the "sonic freak out" effect. The "sonic freak out" is what happens when Venom hears certain frequencies of sound. One early idea was to do a full three-dimension effect of something "extruding" out of Eddie's skin, and evidence of this can be seen in the MRI scene.
  • When "Screen Rant" asked Tom Hardy about his Venom voice, Hardy says, "Redman, Busta Rhymes, James Brown, as ingredients. And I played with it. The fusion to create what you hear, which sounds nothing like them."
  • Both Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed have appeared in HBO's popular series Girls (2012), which was created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow.
  • Patricia Puentes of "CNET" interviewed visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin, who said that they had to do very accurate body tracking on Tom Hardy in order to create the effect of Venom taking over Eddie's body. They used three, sometimes four, additional cameras to make sure they captured all of Hardy's movement.
  • According to an interview with VFX supervisor Paul J. Franklin, much of the bike chase was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. The art department spent a lot of time dressing the streets of Atlanta to look more like San Francisco, including the removal of many CNN and Coca-Cola logos.
  • Eddie's motorcycle is a Ducati Scrambler Classic. Six bikes were used during filming. Stuntman Paul J. Franklin jumped a bike off San Francisco's "Bullitt Hill," named for the Steve McQueen movie "Bullitt (1968)".
  • Paul J. Franklin (VFX supervisor) shared in an interview with "CNET" that the part of the bike chase where Eddie goes up the hill was actually shot in San Francisco. There are a few other points during the chase where Eddie rides through well-known intersections and those were also filmed in San Francisco.
  • (at around 58 mins) In Vincent Frei's interview with Paul J. Franklin, Franklin said that the most complex part of the bike chase was the "SUV sandwich" when Eddie is nearly crushed between two vehicles. That particular moment was filmed on a soundstage, with additional details added later: the glass on the vehicles, the backgrounds, the wheels of the vehicles, and the "webs of gooey tentacles."
  • Ruben Fleischer said in an interview that there are many Easter eggs throughout the film. He commented, "That was really gratifying to me to see that people appreciated that we literally lifted iconic frames from the "Venom" comic book and put them in the movie."
  • Dr. Dan Lewis is not the first doctor that Reid Scott has played. He's also been Dr. Todd Mauer on The Big C (2010) and Dr. Jeff Zegay on The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008).
  • According to an interview with director Ruben Fleischer, Tom Hardy developed a technique in which he would record all of Venom's lines first so that he could listen to them through an earpiece when doing Eddie's lines. Hardy came up with the process during the filming of Legend (2015) in which he plays twins.
  • Readers were introduced to Spider-Man's black costume in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #252. Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four later discovers that the costume is actually an alien symbiote.
  • Though hints of the character had appeared earlier, Venom's grand introduction into the comics was in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #299 and #300. These comics also established Venom's weaknesses to fire and sonic waves.
  • "Venom: Lethal Protector" (1993) describes Eddie Brock's life before meeting the symbiote. While investigating a serial killer, Brock was pressured to accuse the wrong man. Spider-Man catches the real killer and Brock's reputation is destroyed. Brock ends up hating Spider-Man for ruining his career.
  • Michelle Williams described herself in a recent interview as "a person who's drawn to making small films with a small group of people." She's done several films with director Kelly Reichardt including Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Certain Women (2016).
  • According to an interview with VFX supervisor Paul J. Franklin, director Ruben Fleischer was inspired by films like director John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and director John Landis' An American Werewolf in London (1981)" when making "Venom."
  • Riz Ahmed mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that he has known Tom Hardy for years. They met each other in 2006 on an episode of the British reality show The Play's the Thing (2006).
  • After seeing Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Ruben Fleischer knew that he wanted to make his own superhero movie one day because of "...the dark tone of that film, the incredible production design and the great action, and (Jack) Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker and Michael Keaton's portrayal of Batman."
  • In a recent interview, Ruben Fleischer, director of Venom (2018), talked about why Venom has been such an enduring character. He says, "To me, he's this perfect balance of the most scary, intense, menacing figure, but he undercuts it with a sense of humor, these great lines in the comics, and he has that goofy tongue, so there's this unexpected lightness to something really dark, and that's what we tried to embrace with the film."
  • When "The Hollywood Reporter" asked Michelle Williams if she'd be interested in playing a superhero on screen someday, she said yes. "When these films are good," she said, "they can provide such a fun outlet for that, both for the actors who make them and the audiences who watch them."
  • When asked about what it was like working with Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams told Screen Rant "one of the things that I so appreciate about working with him is that he's able to find what's real. Even when you're dealing with monsters and really wild physicality and language that you've never said before, ever, he's able to find what really grounds it."
  • It was important to director Ruben Fleischer to make the San Francisco in "Venom" seem real. He tells "The San Francisco Chronicle," "The world in which it takes place, we wanted to feel very grounded and of reality, not a heightened world, but real-life San Francisco - where this journalist unexpectedly goes through a transformation that results in a larger-than-life experience."
  • Michelle Williams played a parasitic alien from outer space in Species (1995), as the young Sil.
  • (at around 1h 35 mins) The prison Eddie visits is the same prison used in the CW's Arrow (2012)-verse as Iron Heights Penitentiary.
  • (at around 41 mins) The "airport" where the old woman takes over the small girl's body is actually the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
  • Eddie drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
  • The first film in Sony's Marvel Universe.
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) The scene where Venom catches a robber, lays a hand on his shoulder and threatens him is very similar to Tom Hardy's last foray into comic books The Dark Knight Rises (2012). His prey even asks "What the hell are you?"
  • Jenny Slate would play Harley Quinn in The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and Tom Hardy would play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) both in the Batman DC universe.
  • Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Dr Skirth (Jenny Slate) communicate with the IMQQ chat platform. IMQQ is owned by Tencent, a Chinese-owned technology/media conglomerate. Tencent has exclusive distribution rights to Sony pictures in China and offices in San Francisco where this movie takes place.
  • (at around 1h 20 mins) The timing of the rocket launch sequence in the final act varies. The timer is set for 5 minutes, and the 4 minute warning happens at 4 minutes. The 3 minute warning, however, happens only 30 seconds later. The 2:30 warning is accurate, as are the 1 minute and 30 second warnings. The final ten second countdown starts late, though, at 5:15 and the engines fire at 5:25.
  • Released on the same day as A Star Is Born (2018). Both films were shot by Matthew Libatique.
  • Featured in "The A to Z of Superhero Movies: From Abar to ZsaZsa via the MCU", written by Rob Hill.
  • On set during production, the VFX team had a Venom stand-in who was 6'7'' tall, and made even taller with a helmet on which a VFX sphere reference was placed, for the cast to have an appropriate eye-line.

Spoilers

  • Sony considered Finn Wittrock as Venom and Alan Tudyk as Carnage.
  • Walton Goggins, Jim Carrey, and Cameron Monaghan were the top fan picks for the role of Carnage.
  • Jackie Earle Haley expressed interest in playing the role of Carnage.
  • Out of several actors that were requested and rumored by fans to play "Carnage" (Jim Carrey, Michael C. Hall, and Michael Fassbender), Cameron Monaghan is the only one to express great interest in playing the role. Monaghan is known for portraying the breakout role and fan favorite "Jerome" on the television series Gotham (2014).
  • The filmmakers cite the Venom comic storylines "Lethal Protector" (Venom becomes a vigilante guardian hero for San Francisco) and "Planet of the Symbiotes" (Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes) as an influence on the film.
  • In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially attached to Spider-Man (Peter Parker) during the Secret Wars event in 1984. When he realized his costume was alive and was controlling his body, he disposed of it. It would later come in contact with Eddie Brock, and the two would be bonded together to form Venom. This film omits the Spider-Man part of Venom's origin. Instead, the film uses the Life Foundation experimenting with symbiotes. Venom also has no design elements from Spider-Man, instead using a unique symbol.
  • The film includes three Oscar nominees in the cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.
  • While this is Venom's second live-action film after Spider-Man 3 (2007), other symbiotes will make their debut in this film.
  • Carlton Drake is younger than his comic book counterpart, who was not the original host of the Riot Symbiote.
  • Ann Weying briefly uses the Venom symbiote to rescue Eddie. This is a homage to the comics, when Weying briefly wore the symbiote under the name of She-Venom.
  • (at around 3 mins) At the start of the film when the space shuttle crashes. One of the paramedics respond there is an astronaut who "survived" named Jameson. This is likely a reference to John Jameson from the comics who was an astronaut who in some versions is the one who accidentally brings the symbiote to earth and is also the son of of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson who is of course a Spider-Man character.
  • (at around 1h 35 mins) At the mid-credit scene, Eddie interviews an inmate (Woody Harrelson) who says "When I get out of here, and I will, there's gonna be carnage". The character is Cletus Kasady, who would become Carnage after a symbiote used him as a host.
  • (Cameo) Stan Lee: (at around 1h 29 mins) The Marvel founder appears as a dog walker near the end of the movie.
  • In the comics, the film's two antagonist Riot and Carlton Drake were two separate characters.
  • Two actors also appear in A Star Wars Story movies. Riz Ahmed who plays Carlton Drake/Riot appears as Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Woody Harrelson who plays Cletus Kasady/Carnage appears as Tobias Beckett in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
  • During the movie's final fight scene, Venom is briefly given highlights by red and blue lights. This is a homage to Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994), where Venom's design had him with red and blue highlights.
  • (at around 1h 35 mins) At the end of the film (end-credits), Eddie wears slicked hair and an all-black outfit. This comes from Spider-Man 3 (2007), Venom's previous film, when Peter Parker while carrying the Venom symbiote briefly had slicked hair and a black suit.
  • (at around 1h 13 mins) The Venom symbiote briefly bonds with a dog to escape from the hospital. In the comics, a sleigh dog named Ivan was bonded with a Venom symbiote.
  • (at around 1h 26 mins) Right before Venom destroys Drake's rocket, he tells Riot to, "have a nice life", which is the same thing Drake told Eddie when he interviewed him in the beginning of the movie.
  • This is the second film where Woody Harrelson plays a sociopathic serial killer, the first was Natural Born Killers (1994).
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to portray Carnage.
  • In the comics, Riot was merely The Brute to the Life Foundation's symbiote squad and not particularly powerful - all he could do was shapeshift his limbs into blunt weapons like hammers and maces. He is upgraded to Big Bad in this movie, not only being able to shapeshift into sharp objects and being more deadly but also being Venom's superior in power.
  • While not exactly a villain in the comics, pre-Venom Eddie did some pretty shady things as a reporter and cared more about advancing his own career than doing the right thing. In some other cases, depending on the Writer, Eddie's hatred of Spider-Man was so great that it was what turned the symbiote into a murderous Yandere for Spidey. In this movie, Eddie lightly chides his girlfriend for working for an evil person and tries to bring up the allegations about Carlton Drake performing life-threatening experiments on vulnerable people during an interview (which is what ends up ruining his life and his relationship with Anne). The Venom symbiote's villainous personality in the comics may or may not have been caused by it being corrupted by Eddie's Irrational Hatred for Spider-Man. This take on the symbiote starts out cheerfully violent, macabre and hungry for human flesh. Also, it had a pet-like loyalty to Eddie in the comics, while the film's symbiote admits it's keeping Eddie alive to keep itself alive and because he's too good a genetic match to discard and replace. The latter part at least creeps into the movie through the finale, when it admits it's grown attached to Eddie enough to abandon Riot's invasion plan and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to protect him from the exploding rocket.
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) The first part of the Creative Closing Credits has graphics in black and white, the traditional colors of Venom, with a few moments of black and red, the colors of Carnage.
  • At the end of the credits is a list of the licensed music used in the movie and the very last piece credited is "Music from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)." Sure enough, a comic book panel suddenly appears reading "Meanwhile, in another universe..." and a clip from that very movie starts playing.
  • Drake tells a little girl at a field trip that it's not wrong to ask questions, and warns there will be those who try to silence the questioners. Barely a scene later, he gets uncomfortable when Eddie asks questions concerning his dirty laundry and has him kicked out of the premise. Thrice over does Drake establish himself as hypocritical in a single scene. He tries to comfort a homeless test subject with the Biblical story of Isaac (despite his cynicism), talks of sacrifice (when he's not the one making the sacrifice) and promises the homeless man he won't "abandon us" (and teams up with Riot to hand over Earth to the symbiotes).
  • (at around 1h 35 mins) Cletus Kasady is introduced writing the message "Welcome Eddie" onto the bars of his cell with his own blood while waiting for Eddie to arrive. His first comics appearance as Carnage had him do the same with his victim's, with the words "Carnage Rules!" scrawled on the walls of the crime scene.
  • Every time the Venom Symbiote is referred as a "parasite" by other characters, it throws a hissy fit and makes threats that ultimately go nowhere. Likewise, Eddie is called out as a "loser" and often by the Symbiote itself.
  • The last film featuring a Stan Lee cameo to be released during his lifetime, before his death on November 12, 2018. He filmed two more cameos that were released after his death: Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • (at around 1h 30 mins) In an interview, Paul J. Franklin recalls that they used a stunt double as a reference point for the scene where Venom stops the guy robbing the corner shop. The stunt double was already 6' 7'' tall and wearing a helmet with a ball on top, making him practically 8 feet tall.
  • When asked which version of the Venom character the movie would be representing, director Ruben Fleischer answered that the film's plot would be based on storylines from "Lethal Protector" and "Planet of the Symbiotes."
  • Visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin mentions in an interview that when a symbiote takes over a host, the eyes turn a different color depending on the identity of the symbiote. "Riot was the trickiest as it was difficult to sell the idea of gunmetal in the eyes without them going grey and dull. In the end we added a bit of silver sparkle to keep it metallic."
  • (at around 1h 26 mins) Visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin said in a recent interview that his favorite sequence in the film is when Venom cuts open the spaceship's fuel tanks with Riot's blade. He says, "It's a great bit of linear storytelling, which provides an unexpected twist at the end of it all."
  • (at around 1h 23 mins) During the fight with Riot, the spider emblem can be glimpsed very briefly on Eddie's chest when the symbiote is being ripped apart.
  • Jenny Slate's first time getting killed in a movie.
  • (at around 52 mins) After beating up the men Carlton Drake sends to Eddie's home, Venom suggests that he and Eddie bite off all their heads and pile them in a corner. Understandably, Eddie is horrified by that suggestion. Later on (at around 1h 18 mins), Anne ends up doing exactly that to Roland Treece after the Venom symbiote temporarily uses her as a host to save Eddie. After transferring the symbiote to Eddie via kissing, she expresses a similar reaction to Eddie after realizing what she did to Treece.
  • (at around 39 mins) After Eddie gets home after being infected with the Venom symbiote, he immediately eats everything he sees, including several frozen tater tots that are in his fridge; at the end (at around 1h 30 mins) when they go shopping, Venom asks for tater tots and chocolate.
  • In an early script, Carnage was originally to be included as the main antagonist, but his role was ultimately replaced by Riot, with Carnage saved for a sequel.
  • (at around 25 mins) When Carlton Drake is talking to unwitting test subject Isaac about how they are changing humanity for the better with a "sacrifice" like the Isaac of the Bible, it is quite similar to "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one" engineering room scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Carlton even puts his hand on the lab window and Isaac responds by pairing his hand with Carlton's, just as Kirk and Spock do.
  • Wade Williams, the prison guard in the post credits scene, also played prison guard Brad Bellick in Prison Break (2005).
  • While the film has an official run-time of 1:52, the actual story ends at 1:32. The remainder is taken up by credits and two post/in-credits sequences.
  • The Venom symbiote may be aggressive, violent and sadistic at times; but it's more like a predator fighting for survival than a monster. It generally never hurts or kills people that aren't a direct threat to it or Eddie, and limits its more extreme actions for the sake of pragmatism. Later on, the creature comes to truly care for Eddie as more than just a vehicle and seems to genuinely like staying on Earth with him. Compare to Riot, who is genuinely sadistic and relishes bringing the rest of its kind to Earth.
  • (at around 1h 26 mins) Venom's "Death" is almost exactly like Senketsu's Heroic Sacrifice in Kill la Kill (2013).
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