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

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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