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This week I want to discuss the new Venom movie trailer that has JUST come out much to my delight. The film stars Tom Hardy as the investigative journalist Eddie Brock. Hardy is a great actor known for such films as Dunkirk, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises. (Yes, he was Bane, the supervillian with the strange voice-altering mouthpiece.)
Before we go any further, watch the trailer. If you are anything like me, you might already have watched it.
Venom, technically-speaking, is an alien symbiote aka a parasite of sorts that embeds itself into its human host and feeds off of their emotions. They not only grab onto your neurological system and can control body function, but also can embed themselves into your thought processes, thus they can communicate through your thoughts with telepathy.
Venom originally came to existence in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984) - though Venom at that time was a bit abstract. Spider-Man’s costume was revealed to be an alien. Venom’s full first appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988).
But WAIT - some of you might be asking, how did Spider-Man get a black costume? In December of 1984, Marvel created an all-out Marvel Universe-altering series called Secret Wars. In the eighth issue, Spider-Man destroys his red and blue costume fighting other superheroes at the amusement of a god-like being called the Beyonder. Spidey learns there is a machine that creates new uniforms through the power of thought, but he goes to the wrong machine. The machine creates a tiny black blob, which crawls up his arm and becomes his new black and white costume.
Spidey’s black and white costume idea by the way was conceived of by a comic book reader named named Randy Schueller. Marvel bought the costume idea for $220. (Ouch, sorry Randy.)
After Spidey returns to earth and Venom comes to life: Marvel screws everything up.
When the Spider-Man movies came along, the Venom character jumped off its original origin story track. There were no Secret Wars, no Beyonder, just a meteor that came to earth. The blob jumped out of the rock, and hitched a ride on a moped owned by Peter Parker.
Sound ridiculous? To me it was. But Marvel is making up for it, as movie budgets grow and the once implausible is now becoming plausible. But a LOT of original Marvel origin stories are going down the chute in a blaze of excelsior. (Stan Lee joke.)
In 2007’s movie Spider-Man 3, the Venom is rejected by Peter Parker, and joins with Eddie Brock, a rival freelance photographer. Venom seeks an alliance with the Sandman to kill Spider-Man, but is beaten and then killed by one of the New Goblin's pumpkin bombs.
To me this was incredibly anticlimactic. Here is why: According to S.H.I.E.L.D., Venom is considered one of the greatest threats to humanity, alongside Magneto, Doctor Doom, and Red Skull. Not only that in the comic series, Venom also moves on from Eddie Brock to infect other human hosts, giving them amazing powers as well. So the life of Venom was cut way too short.
But thanks to Sony Entertainment Venom is coming back with a vengeance, literally. And so ar the other symbiotes … (ominous music plays.)
Venom’s offspring and fellow symbiotes
But wait, there’s more to the Venom world -- which opens a massive pathway for additional movies! The new trailer moves incredibly fast, but thanks to the YouTubers out there who take the time to break things down frame by frame, it becomes fairly clear the symbiotes will be in the movie. I even have a prediction that I haven’t seen much else in the mainstream media.
The Venom movie takes place in the Sony Marvel Comics Universe, so no Spider-Man. Venom has even lost the spider emblem on his chest. During the trailer, there are a lot of patients held and subjected to connecting with symbiotes of different colors, they make up Riot, Scream, Phage and Toxin. All with different enhanced abilities.
But what about Carnage? My prediction.
One of the symbiotes unmentioned in the trailer is Carnage. He is a hugely popular super villain in the Marvel world. Carnage is a symbiote that merges with a serial killer Cletus Kasady. When researching the iMDB page, Woody Harrelson is listed in the movie in one of the tops spots, but his character name is not revealed.
Rumors are hinted at in some places online, but I am making the prediction that the Oscar winner is going to play Cletus Kasady, thus becoming Carnage, a blood-like symbiote that bonds with Kasady, embodying his serial killer spirit.
In as much as the symbiotes infect their hosts, the symbiote becomes part of the person, thus Carnage becomes the deadliest of supervillains.
We will see.
Venom Movie Release Date: October 5, 2018
Cast: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg
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