Casting Venom: How To Make The 'Spider-Man' Villain Not Suck

With a spinoff for the 'Spider-Man' villain in the works, we have five actors in mind for the part.

For the ongoing Marvel-ization of the Spider-Man series, Sony is pinning a lot on a stand-alone movie starring Venom, one of the hero's most beloved villains. But here's the problem: Venom's kind of a boring character.

Sure, having a costume that is actually a symbiotic alien life-form that imbues the wearer with the powers of Spider-Man is objectively awesome. Eddie Brock, the man inside the suit, however, could use a little more motivation than "I really don't like Peter Parker." That's why Sony will have to carefully cast the lead role.

If we're going to side with a villain — or more likely an anti-hero — these are a few of the actors we could see bringing Venom to life in an exciting way.

B.J. Novak

While we're not totally convinced that the otherwise awesome former temp from "The Office" is the right match for Eddie Brock, it's worth considering the possibility. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Novak spoke briefly about his not-yet-announced role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." "I was never told whether or not I could say. I can say that I work at Oscorp," he said.

"And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original," he revealed. We know, thanks to the viral marketing campaign for "TASM 2," that Brock exists in the world already, but it's clear that he works for the Daily Bugle and not Oscorp. So while the theory might not hold too much ground, it's worth considering.

Ezra Miller

It's a matter of time before a studio realizes that Miller, the best part of the underappreciated "Perks of Being a Wallflower," is one of a few young actors just waiting to lead a big-budget movie. The role of Eddie Brock could utilize the two very distinct strengths Miller has shown off in his two best performances. In "Perks," his charm reached near-atomic levels, and in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," he was creepy as all hell. To us, that sounds like the perfect balance that a big-screen Venom needs to strike.

Aaron Paul

Post-"Breaking Bad," the former Jesse Pinkman is moving on with his career. He'll appear next in the adaptation of the "Need for Speed" video game series as a street-racer hell-bent on revenge, but we think that the role of a disgruntled former journalist is right up Paul's alley. Aside from already having the appropriate hair color, no young actors have pulled off the "meth dealer makes good" as well as Paul has over the course of "Breaking Bad."

Liam Hemsworth

In the never-ending race to determine which

Hemsworth brother reigns superior, Chris has held onto the lead thanks to his cushy "Thor" job at Marvel Studios, but don't count Liam out just yet. Over the next two years, his role in the "Hunger Games" series will expand greatly, potentially giving him a higher profile than ever before. And what would be a better way to capitalize off of that success than by booking the lead role in "Venom"? Also, he looks a lot like Eddie Brock. Done and done.

Tom Felton

You know which "Harry Potter" star could use a post-series boost? Tom Felton, that's who. The Draco Malfoy actor had a small role in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and he's mostly kept to smaller roles since then. Felton was mostly taken for granted in the eight mega-hits — it's not so easy being that detestable — so casting him as the anti-hero of Sony's Marvel movies could be an appropriate redemption for him.