The choice of not having a white spider logo on Venom’s chest in the upcoming Tom Hardy starter film is not a legal but a creative decision, keeping in mind the film’s narrative.
In the comics, Spidey plays an important role in Venom’s and Eddie Brock’s origin story. However, in the upcoming film, the origin story has been altered to keep the film away from other Disney-owned Marvel heroes. This is probably why the white spider logo was removed from Venom’s chest.
“The most challenging thing, obviously, was to figure out what to put on his chest to replace the spider since we couldn’t use the spider in our film,” Venom director Ruben Fleischer told ComicBook.com. “We went through a million iterations before we landed on the sort of pattern of veins that he has in the movie.”
While the removal of the logo is a deviation from its source material, director Fleischer’s approach towards the was always driven by the comics. “For me I was always just driven by the comics, just wanted to be as true as possible,” Fleischer said. “In arriving at the design of him I worked closely with a 3D modeller, and we had tons of references from the comics that I pulled panels to get his posture, his scale, his size, his mass, and then obviously the iconic mouth, and eyes, and tongue. That was super important.”
Obviously, there were legal considerations in the process of whether Sony was allowed to use the white Spider logo or not. “There was a lot of legal considerations, but the most important thing was more creative which was if Spider-Man’s not gonna be in the movie, and his origin is not from Spider-Man, then logically it doesn’t make any sense that he would have a spider,” Fleischer explained. “So, as soon as we knew that Venom didn’t originate from Spider-Man in our version of the movie, then we had to figure out something else to put in the spider’s place.”
A comic-book lover at heart since childhood, Fleischer hopes to see Venom and Spider-Man come face-to-face, eventually.
“I really loved [Spider-Man: Homecoming], I’m really excited for the next one. I’m friends with Jon Watts and I’ve met Tom Holland and I know that he and Hardy are excited to go toe to toe so that would be a version I personally would be very excited about.”
Venom will release on October 5, 2018.