New character descriptions for the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy, seem to hint that the film will be influenced by the six-issue Lethal Protector run from 1993, written by David Michelinie.
The link between Venom and the Lethal Protector comics was first suggested last month, when a casting call pointed to some location shooting in San Francisco. Comicbook fans will remember the Lethal Protector arc seeing Eddie Brock making peace with the slimy Venom symbiote, engineering a truce with Spider-Man and then moving to San Francisco to become a vigilante in his own right.
Now, That Hashtag Show has shared some character breakdowns from a new casting call for the movie. At first glance, they seem fairly random – but there might well be something significant there:
“FEMALE PARAMEDIC: 20’s, very attractive, physical type. MUST speak fluent Mandarin.
ZIGGY: 19, a male guitar player, he is a rocker or punk guy who never stops playing the guitar.
LEWIS DONTAE: Male, serious, very physical soldier of fortune. MUST be a stunt performer.
BABY NIGHT: 50’s-60’s, former hippie, now homeless. MUST be able to sing.
MRS. CHEN: 50’s-60’s, funny, endearing Asian woman who owns the corner store.”
In the Lethal Protector comics, when moving to San Francisco, Venom finds himself battling five sinister symbiotes – Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony. Created by shady organisation, the Life Foundation, they merged experiments on symbiotes with ex-mercenaries, military veterans and former cops from their security team. In the above casting call, the character of Lewis Dontae seems to fit the bill perfectly – and so it seems plausible that he could be playing one of these symbiote experiments.
However, the other four characters bear no resemblance to any of the other Lethal Protector characters, which suggests that the film will combine new elements with the established story. A couple of the descriptions make reference to Eastern culture, which fits nicely with recent reports that state some of the Venom film will be set in Asia. It remains to be seen whether those scenes will be in the modern day, or whether they will be presented in flashback form.