From playing a villain (Bane) in the DC Universe to being an anti-hero in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Tom Hardy has experienced it all. But wait. What about him playing a straight up superhero?
During a recent interview with comic book.com at a press event for Venom, when the actor was asked if he’d like to play a character like Spider-Man, Hardy surprisingly seemed against the idea.
“He’s a mate, but Spider-Man to me, I look at him and I’m like, that’s a kid who goes *thwip thwip*, and wears lycra. That’s what I see,” Hardy replied, starting a debate with his co-star.
“There’s nothing heroic about lycra? Is that what you’re saying?” asked actor Riz Ahmed.
“If you’re a figure skater, yes. If you’re on a bobsled team, yes. I don’t get putting on the lycra to fight crime,” Hardy admitted.
This gave birth to an argument about the functioning of lycra while fighting crime and well, Hardy did seem sceptic about it.
“What if you’re Usain Bolt? Usain Bolt wears lycra,” Ahmed added.
“Yes, but it’s not Spider-Man, is it?” asked Hardy.
“So actually there’s an argument that some of the most heroic people on the planet wear lycra, actually.”
“Yeah, for legitimate reasons.”
“But Spider-Man needs to wear lycra because he’s, like, bendy. Listen, Venom’s naked. Not everyone is that comfortable with their body,”
Ahmed said, ending the debate on a hilarious note.
Hilariously, it seems like both Venom and Spidey need to face-off and settles this debate, once and for all. Many fans hoped that Venom will be an R-rated film before its rating was revealed. However, it seems like Sony wants to keep the film family friendly with the hopes that a future installation could bring in the Spider-Man.
However, again, Venom executive producer Avi Arad recently told Comicbook.com that the film was never going to be an R-rated one. Here’s what he said:
“To me, R is not a consideration,” Arad said. “Can you get away with not R so that other people can see? So that younger people can see? I made an animated show. There was a lot of Venom in there. It was in ’94. There’s no reason to put in violence. To define what Venom is as violence. He’s not. He’s the lethal protector, which is a very different thing. We want to be really true to the comics. Today, in CGI and stuff, we can make Venom bite your head. But we don’t have to show the head going side to side like, ‘that actually tastes good.’ It’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is that you finally understood, is that a bad guy? Yeah.”
Venom hits the theatres on October 5.