The Venom movie remains a mystery -- though, with each passing day, it's becoming a well-cast mystery, at the very least. Tom Hardy has signed on to the Sony Spider-Man spinoff movie, which will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad). And new reports attach Rogue One standout Riz Ahmed to the super-villain story... though his role is being kept under wraps.

So, let's fire up the speculation machine to see who Riz Ahmed could potentially play when Venom arrives in theaters next October. The movie's due to film in the fall, and it will operate in the same world as Tom Holland's Spider-Man, though it will not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That being said, it's expected to be populated with familiar characters from Spidey's comic-book pages, and the initial reports on Ahmed's casting say he will be playing a "popular" Marvel character. Based on rumors we have been hearing about Venom and the planned Sony Spider-Man spinoff universe, here are the characters we realistically think Riz Ahmed could be playing in Ruben Fleischer's Venom:


Before we get too far into this entry, we need to point out that conflicting reports already are swirling about the possibility of Ahmed playing Cletus Cassidy, the homicidal maniac who eventually becomes Carnage. Some background information: Both Venom and Carnage owe their superpowers to an alien symbiote that Spider-Man brought back from space. The origin of these characters likely will have to change in the Venom movie, but if you are going to introduce Venom into a cinematic world, then pitting him against Carnage makes the most sense.

However, reports that confirm Ahmed for Carnage quickly were met with counter-reports (like this one, from THR) that say he's up for a different, major role -- with names like Matt Smith and Pedro Pascal being rumored for Cassidy. Someone is going to play Carnage in the Venom movie. It just might not be Riz Ahmed.

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