The upcoming Marvel-Sony spinoff flick "Venom" waffled between shooting for an edgy R rating, or sticking with the more family-friendly PG-13, eventually opting for the latter. It remains to be seen how that decision will affect the final cut, but according to titular star Tom Hardy, the film is already working with less content -- and without his favorite scenes.
In an interview with ComicsExplained, Hardy was asked to name his favorite scene in the new flick, which follows the notorious Spider-Man villain, but isn't connected to the MCU (for now, anyway). And as the actor tells it, there's some pretty strange bonus content waiting in the wings for its eventual inclusion on the "Venom" home release. (Skip to the 4:40 mark in the video below.)
"They’re scenes that aren’t in this movie," Hardy said of the moments he loved best. "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."
It's hard to say if those particular moments would have affected the film's rating. After all, how do you turn puppeteering into R-worthy material? (Aside from featuring foul-mouthed subjects, anyway.) But Hardy's description certainly supports his earlier statements about the film leaning into a tragicomic tone.
And by the way, lest you think Hardy is too broken up about those missing scenes, don't worry: In his ComicsExplained interview, he joked with co-star Riz Ahmed that he's now expecting someone to re-edit the clip with "The Sound of Silence" playing in the background, a nod to that infamous Ben Affleck "Batman v Superman" meme.
Can someone turn that into a bonus "Venom" scene??
"Venom" is due in theaters this Friday, October 5.
Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake's experiments, Eddie's body merges with the alien Venom -- leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating. Read More