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Ever since Sony announced a stand-alone film for one of Marvel’s most iconic villains, Venom has been under a magnifying glass by critics and fans alike.  This Friday, audiences will be introduced to Venom, though the film will not contain Tom Hardy’s favorite scenes, according to a recent interview with the actor.

Last week, ComicsExplained sat down with the Australian native and co-star Riz Ahmed during the Venom press tour to find out a little bit more about their characters and the film.  After several questions, the duo are asked what scene was their favorite to film, at which point Hardy admitted that his favorite scenes didn’t make the final cut – and makeup 30 to 40 minutes.  So, basically, it sounds like we’re going to have to wait for the extended Blu-ray release to see some of the more intricate Venom moments, much like Joker in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad and Justice League films.  Here’s exactly what he said:

“They’re scenes that aren’t in this movie.  There are like 30 to 40 minutes worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie… all of them.  Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes.  You know what I mean?  They just never made it in.”

There’s already an unsettling feeling behind Venom, in large part because Sony is spearheading this project rather than Marvel.  While Venom is a Marvel character, Sony still owns the movie rights and the company’s track record with comic book films is definitely lackluster.  Sure, the original Spider-Man trilogy was had its ups-and-downs – the Venom character was a real downer – since the Ghost Rider and Amazing Spider-Man franchises were downright abysmal.  Another cause for concern is that Venom will not feature a predominant storyline with Spider-Man, despite the fact that the character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 299 and has since become one of the web-slinger’s biggest villains.  The two compliment each other magnificently, so seeing Venom own his own, as more of a vigilante, means the character will need a ton of depth.

Having said all that, the trailer offers everything we could hope for from a first glance.

Hardy, who has a track record of wearing things on his face like in Mad Max:Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises, seems like he could be a good Eddie Brock, even if his characters are often one-dimensional.  Meanwhile, the CGI required to pull off the characters alien form looks like it’s great and not over done like in similar films – we’re looking at you, Green Lantern.  Audiences aren’t going to know until they see it this Friday.  We’re cautiously optimistic, however hearing Hardy say his favorite scenes were cut could be cause for some alarm, or it might mean it just didn’t fit into the end result.