Captain America Venom

Sony’s Venom movie probably won’t have Spider-Man, but it does have one thing the MCU doesn’t: an R-rating. And, because of that, Venom can do some things that the Avengers can’t. As star Tom Hardy so astutely noted, you don’t see Captain America unhinging his jaw so that he can use his jagged teeth to sever a bad guy’s head, unleashing a cascade of blood and gore as the decapitated corpse flails around.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hardy explained how the Symbiote that infects his character, Eddie Brock, required him to really play two very different characters. Eddie is “an everyday kind of guy,” Hardy explained, adding that with the Symbiote, “he’s inherited this massive ego, this beast.”

That makes for a complex hero — a nominal good guy who nonetheless isn’t afraid to use brutal, deadly violence.

“There’s that biting-off-heads issue, which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook,” Hardy told EW.

He’s right. Steve Rogers may have been injected with a foreign substance that, like Venom, gave him enhanced abilities, but he remained the same good-natured person within. As a result, Captain America hasn’t ever eaten a human being — although who knows, Avengers 4 could change that.

Does this mean that Venom is cooler than Captain America? Who is to say?

EW also premiered a new photo from the movie, and Venom’s eyes certainly don’t look less like two pools of semen in the image.

I do not wish to touch Venom.
I do not wish to touch Venom. 

Venom opens on October 5, 2018.

Photos via Warner Bros., Sony/Marvel