Tom Hardy’s Replacement as Venom Says Role Was a “Standing Ovation”

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Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock standing in an apartment in Venom

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tom Hardy is out, and there is a new Venom in town.

Tom Hardy as Venom holding a chicken
Credit: Sony Pictures

The highly anticipated video game Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is making a lot of fan dreams come true and adding the alien symbiote anti-hero Venom to the existing cast of Peter Parker (Yuri Lowenthal), Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter), and Mary-Jane Watson (Laura Bailey).

Despite the popularity of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the Venom series of films, Insomniac Games cast a different legendary actor in the role: horror icon Tony Todd.

Tony Todd as Daniel Robitaille, standing in a parking garage in Candyman
Credit: Tristar Pictures

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In a recent interview with Variety, Tony Todd revealed that he views his performance as Venom as essentially the culmination of his long career, saying, “You know, I thought I had magic calls before. I remember when I got the call for Zoom in The Flash. When I first got the Fallen in Transformers, but this one was like a standing ovation for my collective voice-over work. My whole career, actually. Everything leads to another thing. I’m a big kid. I’m a gamer myself. So it all just fell into place.”

Venom grabbing Peter Parker in the middle of New York City after flinging Miles Morales off of him
Credit: Insomniac Games

That is fairly impressive, considering that Tony Todd has over 2000 credits on IMDb, with another 16 performances upcoming. The actor works a lot, so for Venom to be one of his most treasured roles, it really must be something.

Todd continued, saying, “All the voicing patterns I’ve learned and accumulated over the years all feed into the moment at hand. And I can honestly say Venom is one of my most cherished roles that I’ve ever had the opportunity to layer and to bring expression to… This is a role of a lifetime. If I only did one other role in life, this would be it. But hopefully there’s many more.”

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will feature Tony Todd as Venom as both a playable character and an enemy for Peter Parker and Miles Morales to fight. In addition to Venom, Kraven the Hunter (Jim Pirri) will be featured as a new supervillain who leads a squad of hunters looking to bag a superhero or two.

Kraven the Hunter fighting Spider-Man in Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Credit: PlayStation.Blog

Returning Spider-Man characters in the game include Norman Osborn (Mark Rolston) and his son Harry (Graham Phillips), as well as Mister Negative (Stephen Oyoung), Scorpion (Jason Spisak), Tombstone (Corey Jones), and Black Cat (Erica Lindbeck).

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Tony Todd has appeared in multiple Star Trek shows, as well as the Final Destination series, the DC Animated Universe, and many more, but is undoubtedly best known for portraying the vengeful spirit Daniel Robitaille in the Candyman series of horror films.

Unquestionably, Todd will bring some of the intensity he brings to Candyman to the role of Venom, who he describes as “filled with joy.” It will be very interesting to see how his performance stacks up next to Tom Hardy’s.

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