Venom: How Tom Hardy’s film changes the character’s origins

New Venom TV Spots Reveal a Terrible Friendship

New Venom TV Spots Reveal a Terrible Friendship

Thirty years later Venom is headlining his own feature, a villain as the title character of a major comic book film is a first for Marvel and Columbia Pictures, an experiment that could've been a victor, but the film is let down by a studio desperate for a PG-13 adventure and a script that can't decide on a tone.

Hardy's character Eddie Brock is a scruffy crusading journalist, who moved from NY to San Francisco to be with Anne (Michelle Williams), his out-of-his-league fiancée.

Venom is an alien who co-habits the body of a human played by Tom Hardy. "It just sort of sits there, beating you numb, unsure of whether it wants to be a comic-book movie or put the whole idea of comic-book movies in its crosshairs".

It's hard to discuss "Venom" without some mention of the infamous feculence line shown in the trailer-the symbiotic monster warning a naughty thug about leaving his dismembered body flailing about like "a turd in the wind".

And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, freaky plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance".

In the annals of obscenely wealthy corporate honchos who believe they hold the key to the future but make fatal mistakes because they're blinded by ambition, Carlton Drake is one of the all-time dumbest. While Eddie Brock was planned as being part of the movie, Raimi had no interest in introducing Venom, citing the character's "lack of humanity". With Disney sitting this one out - its next film is next spring's Captain Marvel - and Warner gearing up for Aquaman's Christmas release, the real battle for the universe would seem to be between studio titans, not alien beasties. The combat borrows heavily from the timed, action-reaction combo brawling of the Assassins Creed and Batman: Arkham Asylum games, which often feels a bit like dancing, but it's even more fluid, more refined, and-in some ineffable way-more Spider-Man-like. Once Venom shows up - and boy, does it take way too long for the title character to show up - Hardy is even goofier.

Director Ruben Fleischer described this malarkey as a "grittier, grounded" version of Eddie Brock. Hollywood has been trying to bring the titular Marvel Comics character to the big screen for ages, with various different iterations from a number of filmmakers having been developed and then scrapped along the way. 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. Venom doesn't turn up in full until nearly the hour mark and the laughs (the intentional ones that is) really only come in the film's final moments where we get the obligatory Stan Lee cameo.

As bad as it eventually gets, Venom does a lot right at first. "Those are always so much more thrilling than any of the formulaic superhero movies that parade through multiplexes all year", Walsh said.

But just before that deal went through, in 1997, a Venom movie was actually being developed at New Line Cinema.

Tom Hardy will star in the dual role of journalist Eddie Brock and his super-powered alter-ego, Venom. I didn't find this take on Venom all that evil, and in fact it comes off more as a comedy act between Brock and Venom, who barks instructions and offers advice from the inside once the film hits its groove.

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