Published On: Sat, Jul 21st, 2018

How a Venom Movie Works Without Spider-Man

“Who’s to say whether it’s with or without Spider-Man?”

Director Ruben Fleischer has gone into detail about how a film about Venom works without his nemesis Spider-Man.

“There’s more than enough Venom to go around,” Fleischer told IGN at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. “There’s plenty to mine just from Tom [Hardy]’s performance, the character, and the world he inhabits.”

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The Venom director explained that the film’s exploration of Eddie Brock’s relationship with the symbiote is what makes it unique.

“It’s a really unique movie because it’s about a relationship,” he said. “The Eddie Brock and symbiote relationship is unlike any other superhero or comic book hero. It’s about that duality…it’s about two people coming together and forming a new identity. I think that’s plenty to explore in one film.”

That isn’t to say Fleischer held back from teasing the chance everyone’s favorite wall-crawler in the film.

“Who’s to say whether it’s with or without Spider-Man?”

The film’s Hall H panel earlier in the day revealed even more about the film. Footage confirmed there would be multiple symbiotes appearing — including Riot, one of The Five Symbiotes. The panel also confirmed that Michelle Williams’ character as Eddie Brock’s ex-girlfriend, Anne Weying.

Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5 and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, and Woody Harrelson.

San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 19-22, and IGN will be on location to provide you with live coverage from the event. Check out our guide on how to watch Comic-Con 2018 live on IGN, and be sure to bookmark IGN’s SDDC hub page, where you’ll be able to keep up with all the big trailer reveals, panel reactions, and more.

Jacob Bryant is a freelance writer for IGN. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

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How a Venom Movie Works Without Spider-Man