WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Venom is the first movie officially kicking off Sony’s Marvel Universe.
- The most memorable thing about the movie is seeing Tom Hardy play a role that is pretty different from his previous ones like Bane or Mad Max.
- Though quite competently directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom doesn’t pack quite the punch you’d expect from a Marvel movie.
With Marvel rolling out hit comic book movies, one of the most recent and most notable being Avengers Infinity War, one would expect Venom to make its own mark. Though Venom isn’t connected to that Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it’s the official start to Sony’s Marvel Universe.
However, it seems the best part of the movie, and the only real good reason to see it- is Tom Hardy.
Hardy’s previous recent roles like Bane or Mad Max usually have him as a manly man cloaked in stoicism.
His role as Eddie Brock in Venom is a pretty nice change, seeing as Brock is a leaner, less muscled character that pretty much gets pushed around by his own fear as well as the other characters in the movie.
In the film, Eddie is a TV investigative reporter who acquired a parasite from outer space. The parasite reveals itself as a toothy, slimy black alien-slash monster that bites people’s heads off. Eddie’s and Venom’s adversary/ies share practically the same situation. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), also known as the villain Riot in the movie, plays host to another extraterrestrial parasite.
Drake is a psychopathic billionaire who owns a massive headquarters that cover much of the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin Headlands. The said psychopath has a scheme involving experimenting on live humans to create a human-alien hybrid to get off the ecologically doomed Earth.
Now, the humans who get experimented on are exposed to some sort of black slime- creating a new sort of symbiont creature or die violently while rejecting the parasite. The movie script never really gets into the details of why people either meld successfully or just die.
Jenny Slate, who we’re used to seeing playing pretty comic roles, doesn’t even crack a smile for hers in Venom. Michelle Williams, on the other hand, has a role that’s pretty much an insult to what she can do, but that doesn’t stop her from giving it 110%.
Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer, also known for directing Zombieland. Though he did a decent job with the film, his work here won’t really leave a lasting mark that will have you talking about the film for too long.