If there's one thing that Venom makes abundantly clear, it's that in 2018, the corporations that produce superhero movies require them to be so much more than just movies. And the central idea - a journalist forced to share his body with an alien symbiote, whose presence grants him extraordinary powers - actually brings to mind less the fringes of the Marvel universe than the 1984 comedy "All of Me", in which Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin found themselves in a similar squabbling predicament. Riding strong on his celebrity status, Brock has the opportunity to converse with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the CEO of a scientific conglomerate that Eddie believes has skeletons in its closets. "So to imagine him being an iconic adversary to Venom in the future is really exciting".
And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, weird plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance". But each is forced to decide what side they are on, and what is worth fighting for, when the duo discovers that another symbiote, Riot, has bonded with Drake and intends to turn Earth into a host planet for his species to consume.
On the whole, however, Venom seems more of a trick than a treat this Halloween season, as poisonous and toxic to critics as its title character is to Eddie Brock himself. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there?
Hardy's toothy performance, however, employs a distracting cadence, even before you get to the movie's other abundant flaws.
The movie contained two end-credits scenes with intriguing revelations. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. This time it's an all-out attempt to make a darker Marvel character the center of his own film, superheroics be damned. A feature film adaptation of the webslinger was in the works for decades, with James Cameron famously at one point attached to direct, but it didn't come into complete focus until 2000, when Columbia Pictures hired Sam Raimi to direct Spider-Man after landing the rights to the character and comics via a deal with MGM. It was a tenuous statement, and tacit repudiations by Kevin Feige - together with a lack of references to the wider MCU in Venom - seemingly rubbish those comments.
McCarthy wrote that Venom feels like a backslide for Marvel movies, a black sheep amongst the increasingly ambitious Marvel Cinematic Universe, "a poor second cousin to the all-stars that have reliably dominated the box-office charts for most of this century". One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and vicious characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom. "Those are always so much more thrilling than any of the formulaic superhero movies that parade through multiplexes all year", Walsh said.
Spider-Man: Homecoming established the existence of aliens because it referenced the Battle of NY from Avengers: Assemble, which saw thousands of Chitauri warriors pouring through a wormhole and attacking the Big Apple.
Venom will be released on October 5.