Image source unknown – credited to Dark Horizons 2017
The long-awaited Venom solo movie has recently begun production, with Tom Hardy in the starring role.
For as long as we’ve known about the confirmed Venom movie, fans have wondered just how the sinister symbiote Spider-Man villain would appear on the big screen.
Considering the nature of Venom’s physiology – almost a fluid-like layer of “skin” that flows and shifts with tentacles and shifting musculature – it seemed unlikely that Hardy would be opting for a latex suit like most of his superhero counterparts.
Well, thanks to a Yahoo News exclusive interview with Andy Serkis – a man who is quite familiar with the art of CGI – we have a confirmation that Venom will be depicted using motion capture technology.
“Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn…and Karin Konoval who plays Maurine in War For the Planet of the Apes – the more A-List actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films”, Serkis said, before adding that, “Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture.”
Of course, Serkis doesn’t come right out and say that Hardy’s “new character” specifically is Venom, but it would be hard to say it’s anyone else considering Hardy’s schedule.
The nature of Venom certainly lends itself to motion capture enhancements, and as the technology is growing in popularity in films, you would imagine that Sony Pictures and director Ruben Fleischer would choose to bring it into the upcoming film.
With any luck, this mo-cap Venom will be leaps and bounds above the previous Topher Grace version – nothing against Grace, but he was never going to have been suited to take on the role.
With a script written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom is expected to hit cinemas on 5th October 2018.