It's a unusual state of affairs, but hey, that makes it the flawless movie for 2018. Michelle Williams also stars as Brock's love interest, Riz Ahmed plays a villainous rich guy and Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson also feature. (Whatever you're imagining, you're probably not far off, though watching it play out is next-level bonkers.) Hell, when Eddie and Anne don't end the movie romantically reunited, Venom even raises the possibility of Anne as a mutual partner to them both, so I guess the anticipated sequel will revolve around Eddie and Venom trying to establish a polyamorous triad! 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. Nevertheless, Eddie comes into fusion with Venom, beginning a quest for food (the symbiote is insatiable, to the point where Eddie jumps into a lobster tank at a restaurant and starts eating them alive) and justice. Is there an R-rated cut sitting there? A Venom story without Spider-Man is like a cocktail missing its primary ingredient. "And there's a character that's beloved by all Venom fans that does not appear in the body of our film that I think fans will be really excited to see", Fleischer said.
Darned if Hardy doesn't go for the gusto, though, and he's no stranger to playing demented twins, as he previously demonstrated in the killer-bros act that was Legend. "There's an ambition to keep making these movies, and to figure out where each of these characters connect".
It's hard to remember, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now Hollywood's most consistently successful franchise, is built around second-tier characters: Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk-the core heroes who comprise the Avengers-were B-list properties. "I'm the symbiote. Together we are Venom".
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".
The Rotten Tomatoes score also happens to be a lot lower than Sony's two previous attempts with the Amazing Spider-Man movies (72%, 52%).
Bringing this enigmatic and complex Marvel character - the lethal protector - to the big screen is Tom Hardy.
There's a lot of potential here though, if they made a decision to dig deeper and with Venom's penchant for eating people, you'd think they'd go for a higher rating and go gruesome.
But just before that deal went through, in 1997, a Venom movie was actually being developed at New Line Cinema.
Sony is clearly hoping that "Venom" will help expand its superhero footprint beyond Spider-Man, which the studio secured years ago, having since forged collaborative ties to Marvel over its creative stewardship.
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