Tom Hardy’s Venom Could’ve Looked Creepier Based On Unused Concept Art

A new piece of Venom concept art recently shared on Twitter, shows that the symbiote could have had a much more unnerving look in the first movie.

A new piece of unused concept art for Venom comes ahead of the release of its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, showing an even creepier look for the character in the first film. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist bonded to Venom, a symbiote from outer space. Eddie must navigate this new partnership while uncovering a plot that could put the entire planet in danger. While Venom is at first presented as a mix between an evil alien and a simple nuisance, the pair eventually become endeared to each other as the audience learns to love Venom.

No matter the media, there are a few constants in Venom’s design. Venom is almost always black with white eyes mirroring the shape of Spiderman’s mask. He also has a large smile and dozens of long, sharp teeth. Venom appears in two main forms throughout the first film: as a black ooze spurting out of Eddie to form a xenomorph-like face and as a humanoid monster completely engulfing the journalist.

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Now, as the sequel gets closer and closer to hitting theaters, artist Matt Millard took to Twitter to take fans back in time to pre-production on the first film. In his tweet, Millard shared 4 images he created as concept art for Venom. The images show Venom head on, in profile, and from a 3/4ths angle. While the overall design is very similar to the final cut that made it into the film, there are some notable differences that could have made the character much more sinister to look at. Venom’s eyes take up much more of the face and appear more rigid and bloodshot, while his teeth are more yellow, more uniform, and much more fang-like in shape.

In his tweet, Millard credits Mark Bagley for his inspiration. Bagley is a comic book artist known for his work on Marvel’s The Amazing Spiderman and The Ultimate Spiderman, among other works. Bagley is credited with helping to boost Venom up during his run with Amazing Spiderman as part of the team that changed the character from the pure villain to the anti-hero that more closely resembles the Venom seen in the films. This shout out was especially fitting leading up to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, as the character of Carnage was created as a foil to allow Venom to fit better into the role of anti-hero.

The first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage promises a lot of symbiote action as well as a deeper look at the unique relationship between between Eddie and Venom. Part of the success of the Venom films hinges on the audience’s ability to believe Venom as the antihero, while sympathizing with the violent, man-eating, yet sometimes endearing, symbiote. Because of this, it seems fitting that the final designs for Venom took Millard’s work one step farther in de-creepifying the character.

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Source: Matt Millard

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)Release date: Sep 24, 2021

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