The more we learn about Venom, the more disappointing it seems. While likely just being honest about his experience on the set, in a recent interview with YouTube channel “ComicsExplained,” Tom Hardy revealed that around 30-40 minutes of footage was cut from Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off. That could mean a lot of things, but coupled with a PG-13 rating, I don’t think it means anything good.
The exact quote, which shows up at around the 4:40 mark in the video, was during a question from the host that asked Hardy what his favorite scene to film was. Hardy didn’t even hesitate to respond, “There are scenes 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.”
In an obvious attempt to save face, Hardy’s co-star Riz Ahmed states in a joking demeanor, “If they didn’t make it into the film, they weren’t any good, bro. Alright, I hate to break it to you. We all had a meeting, we watched it and were like, Tom enjoyed making it so much, but they weren’t, they aren’t…it wasn’t what you thought it was.”
Maybe Ahmed is right and Hardy has gone off his rocker. Maybe Sony really does have the best interest of the film in mind. For many, though, this will sound like a serious knock against the film before it even opens. We’ll just have to wait and see this Friday when Venom finally unleashes upon the world.
ComicsExplained Interviews Tom Hardy & Riz Ahmed on Venom [ComicsExplained via YouTube]