‘Venom’ Gains Jenny Slate

The 35-year old Gifted actress is currently in talks to join the titular antihero’s standalone feature. She will be joining an already stellar pool of talent in the forms of Oscar-nominees Tom hardy (Dunkirk) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), along with Riz Ahmed (HBO’s The Night Of).

Aside from Tom Hardy (who leads the cast as Eddie Brock AKA Venom), few details have been disclosed on what roles the actors will play. One can assume that Michelle Williams will serve as some kind of love interest to Hardy’s tragic character, while it’s unclear as to what Riz Ahmed will bring to the table in terms of plot advancement. But according to Variety, Slate’s role in the film will be that of a scientist.

The Venom symbiote made its first appearance back in 1984 within the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #252, where the creature initially latched onto Peter Parker. After several years, Parker discovered the sentient alien’s true nature and separated himself from its bond. This led the liquid-like creature to merge with photographer Eddie Brock, and thus Venom was born. The symbiote has had many hosts since then, but Brock remains the most infamous of all in comic lore.

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Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Both Brock and the Venom symbiote previously appeared in Sam Raimi’s third and final Spider-Man outing back in 2007. The critical and audience reception of the character was exceedingly poor — which, you know, when you’ve got measly ol’ Eric Forman filling the role of Eddie Brock, things were destined to nosedive straight into disappointment.

The upcoming film will operate outside of the established Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), with writers Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) providing the script.

Venom is scheduled to infect audiences everywhere on October 5, 2018. 

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