The Venom movie is looking for a few good mercenaries to join the cast.
A new casting call for Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff shows that the film, operating under production title “Antidote,” is seeking actors with military and law enforcement experience to play mercenaries.
Here’s the text of the casting notice, first spotted by Omega Underground:
Males and Females (18-40)
Military and Law Enforcement Experience
Shooting will take place between October and February.
Whether these mercenaries are friends to Eddie Brock, foes to Venom or both remains to be seen, but it is interesting that the casting call comes shortly after rumors surfaced suggesting that Silver and Black, the film focusing on Silver Sable and Black Cat, will feature Silver Sable’s mercenary team the Wild Pack. Could there already be connections forming between these Spider-Man spinoff movies?
These mercenaries could also suggest alterations being made to Venom’s origin story. Eddie Brock, the film’s lead character who will be played by Tom Hardy, in the Marvel Comics Universe is a reporter who becomes possessed by the alien symbiote. These mercenaries could suggest one or two changes to that origin tale.
One possibility is that Eddie Brock’s backstory will be altered, possibly borrowing from Flash Thompson, a later (and the best) host for the Venom symbiote. Flash Thompson is Peter Parker’s high school bully who grew up to become a military hero. Thompson lost his legs fighting overseas and joined a black ops military program that bonded him to the Venom symbiote, turning him into the version of the character best known as “Agent Venom.” Perhaps a version of this military history will be used for Eddie Brock in the movie.
On the other hand, maybe it's the symbiote that’s getting the origin change. Perhaps this version of the Venom symbiote will be grown in a lab on Earth, which was the origin story for the Ultimate Marvel version of Venom.
It's possible that both origin alteration could be true, or that neither will be true and that the mercenaries are just some cannon fodder for Venom to tear through. Fans will find out when Venom opens in theaters on October 5, 2018.
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