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Tom Hardy claims up to 40 minute of the best footage was cut from Venom movie as early reactions don’t paint a pretty picture

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Sony is looking to kick-off their own comic book cinematic Universe focusing on the villains of Spider-Man rather than the web-swinging hero himself. And to ensure that this new strategy gets off to a good start, they’ve long pinned their hopes on the Tom Hardy-starring Venom to be the movie that makes you want more. Only Sony is not quite Marvel when it comes to making comic book movies and it seems they’re not sure what to do with their Marvel character and keep on changing things around.

The initial plan for the Venom movie was to do a full R-rated horror movie, but the studio eventually backpedalled on that plan and instead decided to focus on the solid PG-13 age rating which is what your typical Marvel movie would be targeting. However, making a movie less edgy and dark after some of it has already been filmed means that inevitably a lot of material ends up not making it into the final product, which according to a recent interview with Tom Hardy with ComicsExplained, includes between 30-40 minutes of what is in his opinion, the best parts of the movie:

Things that aren’t in this movie… There are, like, 30 to 40 minutes’ worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie … all of them. Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. You know what I mean? They just never made it in.

That’s a lot of footage to cut from a movie, especially if it’s good. We’ve seen from many of Warner Bros poor attempts at making their own cinematic universe that cutting footage form a movie can seriously ruin its overall narrative and flow and hopefully Sony isn’t making the same mistake here just for the sake of trying to make the movie more appealing to a wider audience.

In a separate interview with ComicBook.com however, producer Matt Tolmach and director Ruben Fleisher both dismissed this cut in footage down to the change in age restrictions for the movie as they had always had the idea of a PG-13 movie pegged in the back of their minds. If that was the case, the reason for the cut footage is even more inexplicable. That their assertions are different to that of the film’s star and all the press releases that came out early in the film’s production though, makes it sound like studio backpedalling and PR rather than an honest assessment of the actual movie.

The early trailer footage for Venom already left me uninspired, but hearing this kind of news only makes me even more worried about the comic book movie that is set to grace our presence this Friday.

No official reviews from the movie have been release yet, but the movie was screened to some press and selected individuals last night in the US and according to the comments in Twitter, things are not looking good for the movie:

That’s about as bad as you can get when it comes to feedback and my low expectations have just gone rock bottom for this film. I hope it’s all wrong and that the movie is better than these short comments make it sound. We will probably know for sure once reviews start coming out, but I have a feeling that Sony might be repeating mistakes from the past and giving us yet another substandard comic book movie.

Last Updated: October 2, 2018

27 Comments

  1. BradeLunner

    October 2, 2018 at 14:43

    I just don’t get it! I know making a good movie must be incredibly hard, but how can they make such obviously poor decisions. Same with WBros. It’s stressful to get your hopes and and then screwed by the suits. Especially when the casting for JL and even Venom were great. Side bar, Hardy for new wolverine in rebooted MCU X-Men please

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  2. Matthew Holliday

    October 2, 2018 at 13:45

    Star Wars Rogue One: Its too dark, lets lighten it up with some reshoots: confused mess.

    Justice League: Its too dark, lets lighten it up with some reshoots: confused mess.

    Deadpool: Its dark, thats good: Stellar.

    Logan: Its dark, thats good: Stellar.

    Venom: Its too dark, lets lighten it up with some reshoots: I wonder how this will turn out.

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    • I_am_Duffman!

      October 2, 2018 at 14:17

      wait. I liked Rogue One. I thought it was really good. Although, it might just be my memory messing with me since I went into the cinema expecting the worst.

      Reply

      • Guz

        October 2, 2018 at 14:31

        Also enjoyed Rogue One, waaaaaaaaay better than the new Solo movie

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      • Grant [_G_] Hancock

        October 2, 2018 at 14:34

        Rogue One best Star Wars movie since ROTJ

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        • Admiral Chief

          October 2, 2018 at 14:36

          Rogue One was a masterpiece. And then the last scene with Vader came as well…..ALL.THE.GOOSEBUMPS

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          • Grant [_G_] Hancock

            October 2, 2018 at 14:38

            I was like “this is a really cool movie” … it exceeded pretty meh expectations set by neither here nor there Force Awakens, and then that Vader scene happened!! That scene is a masterpiece..

          • Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2018 at 14:47

            Vader scene and that last fight on the planet was brilliant

          • Kromas

            October 2, 2018 at 14:53

          • Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2018 at 14:56

            Oh I’m watching this for sure!

          • Guz

            October 2, 2018 at 15:03

            Whahahaha but seriously why didnt he just do that in the first place? XD

          • Matthew Holliday

            October 2, 2018 at 15:54

            Vader scene was brutal and by far the best moment of the movie, or any movie, ever, really.
            Id have been happy if they skipped the story and went straight into that.

          • Admiral Chief

            October 4, 2018 at 10:34

            On repeat

          • Kromas

            October 2, 2018 at 14:44

            Rogue one could have been the biggest PoS with the most political commentary in it and it would still be a fucking great movie because of that one Vader Scene.

      • Matthew Holliday

        October 2, 2018 at 15:51

        It was a fun watch first time round, all exciting star wars stuff, which you can never really complain about, but the more you watch it, the worse it gets.
        Its the best on my list by a long margin though, but imagine how good it could have been, had the dudebros up top not stepped in to disneyfy it.

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  3. Neji

    October 2, 2018 at 13:47

    Spider-Man’s true nemesis is Sony

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    • Admiral Chief

      October 2, 2018 at 14:21

      To the top you go

      Reply

  4. Original Heretic

    October 2, 2018 at 13:50

    Hardy has also subsequently stated that about 7 hours of footage was cut and “as an actor” he’d love to see all that in the movie, but it’s not possible.

    https://www.comicbookmovie.com/venom/venom-star-tom-hardy-goes-into-damage-control-mode-about-remarks-that-his-favorite-scenes-were-cut-a163847

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      October 2, 2018 at 16:31

      7 hours??

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  5. Viper_ZA

    October 2, 2018 at 13:50

    Dammit, didnt think the trailer was THAT bad…will still give it a whirl, even if it’s on Blu Ray only 🙂

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  6. Guz

    October 2, 2018 at 14:09

    Was gonna go watch it this weekend, damm I was really hoping for somthing good,
    Looks like I will wait for the DVD, hopefully they do a extended one with some of the cut scenes included

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    • Admiral Chief

      October 2, 2018 at 14:24

      Directors cut or gtfo

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  7. Ghost In The Rift

    October 2, 2018 at 14:23

    Like a PG 13 Venom was ever gonna work..

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      October 2, 2018 at 16:31

      Exactly.

      Reply

  8. BradeLunner

    October 2, 2018 at 14:43

    I just don’t get it! I know making a good movie must be incredibly hard, but how can they make such obviously poor decisions. Same with WBros. It’s stressful to get your hopes and and then screwed by the suits. Especially when the casting for JL and even Venom were great. Side bar, Hardy for new wolverine in rebooted MCU X-Men please

    Reply

  9. Kenn Gibson

    October 2, 2018 at 16:11

    So it’s going to be amazing is what they’re saying. The uncut version even better.

    Reply

  10. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 2, 2018 at 16:31

    Man, this is a huge disappointment already. What’s up with movie executives these days? Where did they pick them up from? Fucking high school dropouts?

    Reply

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