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Actors Fit For The Job of Venom

Updated September 22, 2020 16.0k votes 3.0k voters 289.9k views20 items

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Sony Studios owns the rights to the Spider-Man universe, and they have every intention of keeping it separate from Marvel. Sadly, this most likely means we probably will never get to see the web-head join the Avengers any time soon (or will we...?). However, Sony does plan to build a huge Avengers-like universe with the characters they have. But Spidey's just one guy, how could they build a multi-film universe?

Sony's plan continuously seems to change since the first two Amazing Spider-Man films didn't seem to deliver, especially to fans. There was talk of having a solo Venom film, but since then the idea has been shelved. But who knows, Venom is popular enough to have his own film. 

Venom was horribly mishandled in Spider-Man 3, when he was a throwaway third act villain with no time to develop much (if any) real backstory. We, the fans, need Venom done right. 

Now for the hard part: which Venom should they go with? Hopefully it's the 616 (regular comics continuity) Brock, who's a bodybuilding maniac, bent on destroying Spider-Man because he ruined his journalism career. They might also go with the Ultimate universe iteration (which, in fairness is what most Marvel Studios films and this round of Spider-Man films are drawing from) in which Eddie is more of an anti-Peter Parker.

We've cast for both versions accordingly, the hulking brutish Brock, as well as the squirrely, vengeful, Ultimate universe style Eddie as well.

The Spiderman 3 Venom actor was of course Topher Grace, but these actors would expertly fill the role. Who would be your pick?
  • 616 Universe Venom - Sure, this guy was also on the Sinister Six cast wish list, but of any character in Marvel, he's most suited for Venom. The build, the determination, the vulnerability, the venomous tenacity (pun very much intended). This guy could bring Heath Ledger's Joker-level awesome to the role.
    Would he make a great Venom?
  • Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Fit For The Job of Venom
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    616 Universe Venom -  Lesnar is probably the only guy who actually looks like the old McFarlane drawings of Eddie Brock, but he'd need to take some acting classes, and maybe grow a mullet.

    Would he make a great Venom?

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  • Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Fit For The Job of Venom
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    616 Universe Venom - this guy is a beast, and he's impossibly talented. He can play intimidating, while being charming and smart. And, we would love to hear Elba say "We Are Venom."
    Would he make a great Venom?

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  • Ultimate Universe Venom -  another name that gets tossed around a lot for Venom is Jensen Ackles, and he'd certainly fit the bill for the Ultimate take on the character. He'd also make an interesting addition to the Spidey-verse.
    Would he make a great Venom?

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