'Venom' Movie's Female Lead Is She-Venom in the Comics

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Tom Hardy will be infected by the parasitic symbiote in 2018’s Venom, but he may not be the only one. Actress Michelle Williams, who co-stars with Hardy, recently confirmed her character is Ann Weying, the ex-wife of Eddie Brock (Hardy) who works as a reputable New York attorney. In the comics, however, Weying also gets infected by the symbiote to become She-Venom.

On Tuesday, Williams, who is on the press tour for The Greatest Showman, confirmed to ScreenRant she is playing Anne Weying, but refrained from revealing more. After answering a question about the hardships of acting in a film with heavy CGI — “It is a skill set and I’m trying to learn it” — Williams says: “And uh, she’s, geez, what can I tell you? Not too much right now.”

Williams doesn’t have to say much, as fans can freely speculate from there. In the comics, Anne Weying divorces from Eddie Brock, a disgraced Daily Bugle photojournalist whose jealousy and anger over Peter Parker attracts the alien symbiote, bonding with him to become Venom.

A few years later, in 1995’s Venom: Sinner Takes All written by Larry Hama, a bad guy from Eddie’s past known as Sin-Eater targets Anne Weying, and the symbiote bonds with her to save her life and exact vengeance. Sinner Takes All was the first time Anne became She-Venom. Later, 2003’s Venom introduced a new She-Venom when U.S. Army communications officer Patricia Robertson gets infected by the symbiote to become She-Venom.

She-Venom's first appearance, in 'Venom: Sinner Takes All' #3.

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But will Williams’s Anne Weying become She-Venom? It’s possible if Sony, the studio producing Venom separately from Marvel, wants to build out a franchise surrounding the character. However, Venom director Ruben Fleischer has already confirmed two books that fans should pay attention to, Venom: Lethal Protector and “Planet of the Symbiotes” from The Amazing Spider-Man.

Venom will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

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