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Review: Venom

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Tom Harding as Marvel's Venom.

Tom Harding as Marvel's Venom.

Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures

Tom Harding as Marvel's Venom.

Marvel brings a new universe in the film Venom. Most of the box-office success belongs to Marvel Studios. While Spider-Man is linked with Marvel Studios from Sony Pictures. Sony decides to take a different route with Spidey-related characters and build their own cinematic universe.

The movie stars Tom Hardy as the title character Eddie Brock who eventually comes into contact with an alien symbiote called Venom. Co-stars include Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson.

Though the film does suffer from script issues.

The initial plot is straight-forward with Ahmed’s character trying to improve upon humanity with his technology-based company The Life Foundation. He attempts to try and achieve this goal with the alien symbiotes obtained from a space mission that doesn’t quite end well. Hardy’s character Brock, comes into play, as seen in the trailers, to try and uncover wrongdoings within The LIfe Foundation but instead comes out of the situation with a lot more than he bargained for.

The film’s comedy could be a hit or miss for anyone.

Although its comedy hits a weak point, the dark humor suites the Venom character. As taken from the source material. While Brock does have a sense of what is right and wrong. The alien symbiote does not. And thus the conflicting, yet humorous, and sometimes the heartfelt relationship between host and symbiote
begins.

The action scenes appeared too dark to be fully appreciated.

But the CGI scenes that feature Brock transform into Venom are satisfying to watch. As it is also
featured in the trailers, Brock does clash with Ahmed’s character Carlton Drake in a CGI mashup
that has its moments of cool factor.

Before the film’s release, fans speculated that Tom Holland (Spiderman) would cameo in the film. Although “Venom” director Ruben Fleischer has been coy about the character appearing in the film during promotional interviews, it seems that Fleischer was just trying to steer fans away from disappointment.

In an interview conducted by Moviefone, Fleischer was asked if the famed web-slinger would make an appearance. Fleischer had this to say,“From its inception, at least as long as I’ve been a part of it, there was always a defined rule — no Spider-Man. The challenge, obviously, is that in the comics he’s so defined by Spider-Man. But because of “Spider-Man 3,” we kind of saw the true-to-the-comics version and– because of corporate stuff I don’t understand and probably shouldn’t talk about — we couldn’t use Spider-Man in this movie. So that put the onus upon us to create something original.”

So Marvel Comics fans expecting to see the two characters confront one another on the
big screen again will have to wait when Sony and Marvel Studios decide to extend their deal and continue to share the Spider-Man character. Although Spider-Man does not have a confrontation with Venom in the current film, a mid-credits scene does introduce another vital character with a close and twisted relationship with Brock. A film suited for a possible sequel, continues to perform well in the box-office.

Venom is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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