Pop quiz. Whats the best way to follow up a summer blockbuster movie? The answer is simple, take a character from that franchize and give them a movie of their own. That is exactly what Sony is doing in hopes of striking box office paydirt later this fall with Venom. Spider-Man was last seen is 2016 in “Homecoming”, but there was no nod to Venom or even Eddie Brock for that matter. But that does not mean they do not or will not coincide. So there’s no time like the present to find out everything you need to know about Venom, and then I’ll dissect the teaser trailer so you will be all set for when the movie comes in October. I mean it’s only about seven months away, and I’m sure your taxes are already filed, right?!
WHO THE HECK IS VENOM?!!
Venom is an alien symbiote lifeform that clings and merges on to its host and mimics the traits/powers of its host. Most notable hosts of the past have been Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, and ole webhead himself Peter Parker. In fact, Peter was the first host of the symbiote, that’s why Venom’s look and powers mimic Spider-man so heavily. Venom was a villain for the longest time giving Spider-man some of his most epic battles at the time. Throughout the comics, Venom was seen work with some heroes, changing his status from a villain to more of an anti-hero. (See Deadpool or Punisher)
WHAT ARE HIS POWERS?
Once the Symbiote attaches itself to a host, the symbiote covers the host from head to toe, embodying them with incredible, strength, reflexes and durability. Due to the symbiote’s former bond with Spider-Man, this typically passes along a version of all the wall-crawler’s abilities. This includes shooting symbiote webs, and much to the Spider-Man’s dismay, it also involves being able to avoid his “Spider-sense”.
The Symbiote can also change shapes while still attached to the host. This allows Venom to create weapons and be in defensive forms, which are usually sharp spikes protruding off its body. Venom is large and muscular, a result of the symbiote’s shape-shifting abilities. Venom is vulnerable to sonic attacks and fire, if it’s exposed, the symbiote will abandon its host and retreat.
WHO IS EDDIE BROCK?
There have been many hosts of the symbiote over the years, but the one we will deal with today, and who will be the protagonist in the movie, is Eddie Brock. Eddie Brock first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #18 in 1986. In the original version of the story, Eddie Brock was a journalist who exposes the identity of a serial killer only for the real killer to be caught by Spider-Man, thus he accused the wrong man. Disgraced and suicidal, he comes into contact with an alien symbiote originally rejected by Peter Parker. The symbiote bonds with him and they become Venom, together seeking out revenge against their mutual enemy. Though he repeatedly comes into conflict with Spider-Man, he also attempts to operate as a hero, albeit a violent one, seeking to save those he deems “innocent”.
DOES VENOM FIT IN WITH THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU)
As I previously stated, in 2016 Sony revitalized Spider-Man with the help of Marvel Studios to make “Spider-Man: Homecoming“. This saw Spider-Man swinging with Ironman, and previously fighting with, and against, the Avengers in “Civil War”. And many fans were excited to think we would see Venom in the MCU alongside the rest of the crew. However, Venom is being produced solely by Sony, and from what I hear they are keeping a tight handle on this project, so for now Venom is a standalone picture.
SPOILER ALERT! If you can call it that. I’m about to dissect the teaser trailer for the new Venom movie, so if you don’t want to be prematurely teased, stop reading now, and go watch the trailer. Go ahead I’ll wait.
At the beginning of the trailer, we see Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) laying in an MRI machine. Now there have been a few different origin stories of Venom, and one of the stories involved Eddie having cancer and seeking out the symbiote to help heal him, so that could be what we see here. Also, we see footage of San Francisco and not New York which is where Spider-Man typically hangs out. That’s because Director Ruben Fleischer has said that this story will be based on the “Venom: Lethal Protector” comic series. In that run, Venom made a truce with Spider-Man and left the city and moved to San Francisco. It was also the first time Venom became an actual “hero”. There he ran into an organization called the “Life Foundation” and five off-spring symbiotes. (More on that later)
Next, we see Michelle Williams’ character. We believe she is playing, Anne Weying. In the comics, she has a love/hate relationship with Eddie. And later on, she even bonds with the symbiote to form She-Venom. Next, we see Eddie sneaking into what looks to be a lab. Maybe he is investigating these “Life Foundation” people, stumble across the symbiote and that’s how he gets his powers. Here, the next scene, we see a crash site in the woods. Looks like a spacecraft? Maybe the source of the alien symbiote, and maybe what Eddie was investigating in that lab.
Next up we get our look at the symbiote in raw form in a capsule, being looked over by Riz Ahmed’s character. We don’ know for sure yet, but he may be playing Carlton Drake, the head of the “Life Foundation”. In the comics, the “Life Foundation” is a survivalist group preparing for a nuclear disaster so they can build their utopia afterward. They get their hands on the symbiote and create 5 off-spring symbiotes named Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony. And if you look behind the container containing the symbiote, there are 5 scientists. Possibly the 5 symbiote hosts? Hmmmm. And then that would mean Riz Ahmed’s character to eventually possible be Carnage. Carnage is one of Marvels most shockingly brutal and terrifying characters to date.
Lastly, we see Eddie back in the MRI machine, and he is fighting with the symbiote. And if you look closely you can see the veins in his neck turn black, like snake “venom” coursing through his veins. Which I think is a nice representation of how the symbiote slowly takes over your mind and then your body.
So there is the teaser trailer breakdown for Venom. What did you think? See Venom in theaters on October 5, 2018. And as always follow The Game of Nerds and we will have a review of the movie as soon as it is released.