My lovely wife pointed the way to some IMDb boards (login necessary) with some killer sneak peaks at Topher Grace as Venom. I’ve been curious since the villains were announced what Venom in physical form would end up looking like, and it appears that now I have my first good glimpses. The IMDb boards point to this photo gallery where you can see several shots of Topher in makeup and looking particularly Eddie Brock-esque, moreso than I bet a lot of people imagined he could.
I was actually sad to find out that he was completely missing from all of the early trailers, but fortune smiled on us when we went to see 300 and the Spiderman 3 trailer (which was rumored to have been pulled from the premiere) came on! The trailer was exciting enough without the last 30 seconds where you see an angry Eddie Brock being covered in the black ooze, and then a scene with Spidey looking around all scared and a killer ending with the faintest glimpse of the V-man.
I’ve read a lot of people who are enraged that they decided to give not only Spidey’s black suit webbing, but also Venom. I, on the other hand, think this is a brilliant decision because it provides the actor/costume a much better three-dimensional presence on screen, and allows for movement to be clearer and more visual then simply a black blob of mass appearing on screen. When you consider the differences between movies and comics, the decision makes a lot of sense. A black mass of ink on a page really gets the idea across, but on screen and in motion a large mass of solid color can suck your eyes in and prevent the viewer from focusing on anything else that is going on.
Webbing aside, it looks like the makeup and costume departments have really gone all out and hit the characters of Eddie Brock and Venom dead on. Not to mention the confirmation that Venom will, in fact, be in the movie for a decent amount of time!
You can see some more of the shots after the break.
Some still shots of Venom:
A nice image that appears to be Peter’s mo-ped and the space-rock landing in the park?