Could Sony’s Venom movie be an adaptation of the antihero’s most popular comic book stories, Lethal Protector?
Rumours are circulating that the upcoming Venom movie, which sees Tom Hardy take on the role of Eddie Brock, the photojournalist turned host for an alien symbiote, could be based on one of his earliest character-defining adventures in the comics.
Titled Lethal Protector and printed in 1993, it saw Eddie Brock come to peace with his symbiote and even establish a truce with Spider-Man. Agreeing to leave New York and travel to San Francisco, he becomes a force for good and is even appointed as the protector of a group of subterranean dwellers (Mole People) who were victimised by those around them.
However, his past catches up with him, and soon a group of mercenaries hired by a previous victim’s father called The Jury are hired to kill him, Venom must face off against a new group of symbiote villains (Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony), with the aid of his once-nemesis Spider-Man.
Omega Underground have done a little detective work and, based largely on the casting calls and production work apparently scheduled for the shooting of Venom in San Francisco, the news slots in nicely with the essential location work if the Lethal Protector storyline is adapted.
However, we already know that Spider-Man will not feature in the Venom movie so that element will have to be exorcised from the movie.
Venom is due to land in cinemas on Oct 5, 2018.