Friday at the San Diego Comic Con had several notable movie panels and one of the most anticipated for the day was all about the upcoming Venom movie. The event had some reveals, but one of the biggest was the identity of the film’s villain.
A sizzle reel for Venom played for the audience during the movie’s panel at the San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The clip shown revealed Riot, played by Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, Star Wars: Rogue One), will go up against Eddie Brock and Venom (Tom Hardy). Unlike the Spider-Man arch-enemy, Riot doesn’t attach to one host, but rather will jump from one person to another making for an interesting bad guy.
Along with Riot, there was another symbiote in the clip shown at the panel according to GamesRadar. It’s expected that this other symbiote is Agony whose power in the comics includes all the powers of Venom along with the ability to camouflage and spit acid.
Riot and Agony are two of the five spawns of Venom created by Life Foundation. In the comics, the foundation is an organization that believes there would be a nuclear holocaust so it created a large fallout shelter to start a new utopian society. The Life Foundation wanted to create its own superhuman police force and experimented on a captured Venom. The experiment forced the alien symbiote to spawn five offsprings with similar powers, which matured to become the Life Foundation’s “Guardians” called Phage, Lasher, Scream, Riot, and Agony. Carlton Drake, Ahmed’s non-symbiote character, is in charge of the foundation in the film, which means it’s likely the other three symbiote spawns will make an appearance in the film.
Venom is set to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018. Although it’s not likely, director Rube Fleischer said hopefully Tom Holland’s Spider-Man would cross paths with Hardy’s Venom.
In a recent interview, Hardy talked about Venom’s unique characteristics of the character such as biting off heads.