As the hype from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (both good and bad) is finally dying down, it leaves us to question what the next installment could be about. As we know, a film adaptation of the [Sinister Six](movie:1274281), Spidey's all-time greatest foes, is supposedly on the way, though rumors have struck of it being shelved due to the poor box-office performance of this last installment. However, the Sinister Six are not what I want to discuss, as you can see by the title and picture for this article. When are we going to see Venom again?
I've never met a single person who liked Topher Grace's performance as Eddie Brock, way back in Spider-Man 3 (2007), and they're certainly right to hate on it. His origin story was totally screwed, he wasn't intimidating at all (Eddie Brock takes up body-building shortly before he bonds with the symbiote), and the only real part that the movie got right was that Spidey detached himself from the Venom symbiote by banging loud bells at a church, and that's where it finds a suicidal Brock. Even more interesting is that a Venom film has been in development for years, and only recently has been confirmed as not far away. If rumors are to be believed, it will not only re-introduce Venom, but also introduce, for the first time ever, Carnage...don't get me started on that guy or else I'll geek out about him and not Venom.
Anyway, I began to wonder just who I'd want for Eddie Brock, whether it's in [The Amazing Spider-Man 3](movie:671279), or his own solo outing. Let's all agree that none of us want Topher Grace anywhere near the set for whichever it is.
With that in mind, I've narrowed it down to these top three choices:
1. Jai Courtney
Five years ago, nobody knew this guy, until he was in Starz's epic series, Spartacus. Though only having a supporting role in the first season, Courtney then went on to star in multiple films such as Jack Reacher (2012), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), and even landing a role in the book-to-film adaptation, Divergent (2014). Ever since I saw him in Spartacus, I knew I was going to like what he did in the future and that he was going to be a guy to keep an eye on. He hasn't disappointed me... except as John McClane's son because I didn't like that movie as much as I could've. Anyway, he has not only immense action and fighting experience, but experience in portraying a villain as well, and has the bonus of being very well-built for the intimidation factor. Along with his already existing experience in the action world, he is starring in the long-awaited fifth installment in the Terminator series, Terminator: Genisys, which is set to be released next year.
2. Chris Pine
Already a juggernaut in the action world with hits such as Star Trek (2009), Smokin' Aces (2006), and his most recent film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Pine has proven himself time and time again to be not only cool looking when he fights, but also a talented actor who is skilled in many genres and many different characters. I like him for Eddie Brock because not only can he be very charismatic and funny, but he can also be very serious and intimidating.
3. Scott Speedman
Though a relative unknown to most who haven't seen his random projects, Speedman's most notable roles were in the first two instalments of the Underworld series, co-starring with Kate Beckinsale. Those are the exact reasons I like him for this role. In those films, Speedman portrayed a man who was the first vampire-werewolf hybrid ever. In the films, he not only has multiple action sequences, but he also must portray a man in immense pain as he changes into a monster. I would love to see how he brings that to the screen while being taken over by the Venom symbiote.
The Venom solo project doesn't have a release date yet, as it's still in the writing process, but we can expect The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018! I've heard so many fan picks for this role, ranging all the way from Joe Manganiello to Channing Tatum, so I want to know who you'd pick and why! Share your opinions in the comments!