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Sony unleashes 'Venom,' 'Spider-Verse' at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 14:41:13-04

SAN DIEGO (AP/KGTV) — Director Ruben Fleischer says that there aren't really any heroes in the superhero movie "Venom," who is a grittier, more violent and more complicated character than his Marvel brethren.

"It's a darker, grittier, more violent version of the comic book character than I think fans have seen," Fleischer told 10News during a red carpet interview. "We tried to be as true to the comics as we possibly could be in honoring the character."

Comic-Con attendees got a look at footage from the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff Friday and heard from stars Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed as well.


Hardy plays Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote Venom, who the actor said he thinks is the coolest superhero.

"Watching it, it's really like a ride. It has a real rocket underneath it, like the pace of it," Fleischer added. "It has a real motor under it and it just goes."

Fleischer also teased the possibility of an eventual face-off between Spider-Man and Venom. The film hits theaters in October.

Sony Pictures also showed an extended trailer for the animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," out in December, which focuses on Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, learning the "Spidey" ropes from a middle-aged Peter Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson.

The film is set to include more animated versions of Marvel's web-slinger, including Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and the fan favorite Spider-Ham (John Mulaney).

Director Peter Ramsey said fans can expect, "a new version of Spider-Man that's different from any other version of Spider-Man that they've seen in a movie theater."

"It feels different. And that's what we're working really hard on," director Rodney Rothman added. "A new experience that's also entertaining and really emotional."