Venom is a non-super superhero

In another negative review, Katherine McLaughin of SciFiNow was also critical of Venom, saying it "mostly wastes its stellar cast" and also criticized the film's mix of comedy, psychological horror and superheroes, believing it misses the mark in all aspects.

Venom co-stars fellow British actor Riz Ahmed as villainous corporation owner Carlton Drake and Michelle Williams as Brock's former girlfriend.

The actor plays the title character as well as the symbiote's investigative journalist counterpart Eddie Brock, while Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate also appear in the superhero movie. When a conscience-burdened scientist (Jenny Slate) convinces the down-on-his-luck Eddie to come to the lab to photograph the atrocities, Eddie comes into contact with one of the symbiotes, named Venom, which deems him a flawless match and starts to take over his body.

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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".

So unless Venom is set before both movies, or in another dimension, then it can't be in the MCU.

The Symbiote costume bonds itself to its host, granting them superpowers like enhanced strength, speed and regenerative healing abilities. There are a few moments of incoherence that lead one to wonder what the supposed R-rated cut of this film looked like at one point, but what's here is mindless and frenetic, good enough for government work but not especially showy or inventive. So Venom's origin is a vast departure from the lore. (These two takes do not seem mutually exclusive to me.) Some were impressed at just how close to the original comic book concept of Venom the film got. "It's frustrating to imagine how much better the movie might've been if the creative direction had matched Hardy's obvious passion for the character".

Director Ruben Fleischer described this malarkey as a "grittier, grounded" version of Eddie Brock. Hardy has the unenviable task of taking the truly unlikeable character of Eddie Brock from the Spider-Man comic book franchise and making him relatable and at least somewhat sympathetic. David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane created Venom as we now know it today when it made an appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988). 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. And we get Venom.

"Venom" has been getting a mixed reaction online since the social media embargo for the Sony superhero movie was lifted. That's partly because it belongs in the corny mid-2000s era of Catwoman or Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, and partly because it's so aggressively ridiculous-a far cry from the calculated Marvel Studios formula.

The Snapchat lens is part of Sony's marketing push to drive fans of the Marvel character into theaters to see "Venom", which hits wide release October 5.

  • Kyle Peterson