Superhero Buffet – Now With More Venom and Infinity Stone Crutons!

Hello, hungry Exiles! It’s been a while but we have some brand new nosh for y’all straight from…you know, years ago when all this stuff was invented. But now in technicolor, full motion and sound, silver-screen technology!

Right off the bat, we have a few more tidbits about Sony’s upcoming Venom film (the working title of which is apparently Antidote, according to Omegaunderground)!

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Tim Rothman, the successor to Amy Pascal who helped broker the deal which finally put Spider-Man in the MCU.

As for the expansion plans, Tom Hardy is starring in Venom, dated for Oct. 5, 2018, which will also feature the villain Carnage. A source says Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, but the intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War).

So we kind of guessed that a movie centered on the most famous Symbiote character would probably end up facing Carnage at some point, but right off the bat?

If you’re not savvy to who Carnage is, he’s a body-count stacking psychopath named Cletus Kasidy who is less restrained than Venom. In the funny-books, he got his own alien Symbiote after sharing a cell with Eddie Brock, the original Venom host.

There is no way to say that in a way that doesn’t hint that something awful happened.

But Carnage isn’t the only Symbiote creep running around (and seriously in the books, it feels like there are dozens to choose from). That Hashtag Show cites that the producers of Venom are looking to cast a woman in the age range of 25-32-years old, which is a few years younger than Tom Hardy to play the role of Ann Weying.

Ann first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man comics as Eddie Brock’s ex-wife, a successful lawyer who transformed into She-Venom, or the Bride of Venom but there’s no telling just now exactly how the film will end up using the character.

But while Sony continues to plow ahead with the first feature from their kinda-sorta-cojoined universe with the MCU (it’s still a bit complicated), they’re also making some solid headway with their Silver Sable/Black Cat feature, appropriately titled Silver & Black.

That Hashtag Show once again has the scoop, saying that the duo will be facing off against a slew of Spider-Man villains, possibly including some faces that might look familiar from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

First in line is Mendel Stromm, the robotics genius who also goes by the name Gaunt. Anton Rodriguez AKA Tarantula is a spider-themed South American assassin with bladed shoes. Dimitri Smerdyakov is the master of impersonation known as The Chameleon, who also happens to be Kraven the Hunter‘s half-brother (good thing there’s a Kraven movie in the works too, right?).

Lonnie Lincoln is the monstrous crime boss known also as Tombstone and last but not least is Mac Gargan, The Scorpion. A regular Spider-Man foe Gargan is fitted with a robotic exo-suit that has his trademark wall-destroying tail.


And who briefly exchanged words with Adrian Toomes in Homecoming


That is a lot of new characters that Sony is juggling; lets hope that doesn’t get out of hand.

On the Avengers: Infinity War front, tons of news emerged from the D23 event last weekend.

Star Josh Brolin, who will portray the Avengers arch-nemesis Thanos spoke with Good Morning America, hinting that his character will break the perceived trend of “bland” villains in the MCU and that he’ll bring a powerful, emotional and three dimensional side of the character to the forefront.

Good news of course, after over a decade of films and several brief glimpses of the Mad Titan, most are definitely hoping that the payoff in Infinity War will be worthwhile instead of a pure reliance on grand set pieces.

Brolin adds:

He’s a smart character. I had no idea, in all truth, I had no idea when I did the [Guardians] teaser, we had like 36 cameras or something and I sat on a seat, and I wasn’t working with anybody. And now, like being actually involved, you know, interacting – I want to mention characters and I can’t, but of the characters that are in it, it’s way more emotional and way more interactive than I thought. So it’s actually a lot of fun, and a lot deeper, a lot more emotional than I thought.

As for Thanos’ ability to thwart Earth’s mightiest heroes, Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly posted this mysterious Tweet which seems to hint that Thanos will have full control of the reality-warping powers that the Infinite Gauntlet provides.

Or maybe he’s saying that Batman will definitely show up. So yay?

He was also around at the panel which showed Brolin holding the dread gauntlet aloft, with full sized statues of The Black Order, Thanos’ goons in the background.

At this point, a brief description of the upcoming Avengers: Infinite War trailer is warranted, but you’d have to read it here; omitted for length. Avengers co-director Joe Russo spoke with Good Morning America, letting us know that a teaser trailer was on it’s way “soon”.

If you’re wondering who the four Thanos buddies are, IGN counted them down for us.

From left to right: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Thanos, Ebony Maw and Black Dwarf. Sitcom rights are incoming.

Returning briefly to the subject of Infinity Stones, Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen (The Vision and Scarlet Witch respectively) coyly asserted that the Mind Stone, believed to be the power source and spiritual core of the red-and-green android may not in fact be necessary for the character to live. That would solve some logistical issues of having Vision facing Thanos alongside his Avengers pals.

But his tone is kind of hard to read, so it’s hard to guess if these were spoilery details or not.

What is known is that Hulk will play a large part in the movie. Presumably after whatever kerfuffle takes place in Thor: Ragnarok, Mark Ruffalo’s Jolly Green Giant will have “enough story to fill a solo film” even though Ruffalo has stated that a Hulk movie (incredible or otherwise) is not on the plans, or scroll if you will, in the MCU.

Stated Ruffalo to Fandango’s Erik Davis:

I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today that a standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Because Universal has the rights to the standalone Hulk movie and for some reason they don’t know how to play well with Marvel, and they don’t want to make money.

That’s…about as direct as I’ve ever heard anyone say it. But good news for Hulk fans wanting the character to get some solid screen time in the future.

Even more than just seeing more of our favorite characters, it will be fun to see Avengers: Infinity War be a playground to see all these characters interact. Dave Bautista (the literal-minded, vengeance-seeking giant named Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) spoke with Good Morning America about his long term goal to have his character interact with Tony Stark.

I’ve said for years and years and years that I hoped the crossover would happen, because I thought that Drax would have such great interactions with Tony Stark. And it’s gonna happen, and it’s good, it’s really good. It’s better than I thought it would ever be, I’m really excited about.

Here’s the thing is that, I went to the premiere in London of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Robert went out of his way to come and meet me and say how much he loved me in the first [Guardians] film. That meant the world to me, so it put me at kind of an automatic comfort level with him, so as soon as we hit the stage man, there was no pressure or walls there, I just felt like, ‘This guy is very supportive of me.’ I think that’s just him, he’s a very giving actor across the board. But for me personally, I just felt totally at ease with him, and it makes for good chemistry when you’re comfortable with someone.

Bautista also discussed his initial concern that the Russo Brothers would tamper with the formula that has made James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy so great and how those fears were dispelled.

Joe and Anthony Russo, smiling ’cause they’re directing the largest-scale superhero film of all time.

My biggest, pleasant surprise was working with the Russo brothers. I was familiar with their films, but I wasn’t familiar with how they did things on set, how they directed films. My big concern crossing over was that someone was going to try to take James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and try to turn them into their version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It worried me a little bit because I had already done two Guardians films. I knew Drax, I was comfortable with Drax and who he was and I didn’t want to take him in a weird direction that I didn’t think was good for the character.

But it wasn’t that at all. They kind of just let us do our thing. They gave us free reign to be the Guardians that we know and love and also gave us the luxury of having James Gunn write for us a little bit. But I was just amazed at how supportive they were at letting us just be our characters. They were like, ‘Just go for it.’ We’re really big on improving stuff, the Guardians are, and we started doing it business as usual and they just really go behind it….That’s something I honestly just wasn’t expecting, for someone to be so giving and just let us be ourselves.

Stark and Drax aren’t the only two weird superhero matchups we’re likely to see. Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) were also interviewed by GMA and talked about the relationship between the two heroes and how their New York home may give them common ground.

There’s a really great chemistry there. I mean, they both have a proximity to each other, if that’s a hint that I can give? But anybody who’s a Marvel fan will know that they both reside within the same city, and I think that Tom and Benedict have a great chemistry, and we wanted to exploit that.

Well, that’s it for another buffet! I hope you enjoyed it.

What, you’re still freaking out about that Venom-y dish in the header pic? It’s squid ink pasta, ya pansies.

It’s delish.