We are Venom…
Finally, Venom is back.
Spider-Man’s arch nemesis has been the subject of considerable controversy over the years. His lacklustre appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was met with a tirade of abuse from fans due to Sony Pictures, the studio in ownership of the rights to his big screen persona mishandling the essence of his personality. In fact, the character was an extremely diluted version of the character we love. This mismanagement left a bad taste in the mouth of the fans and in the years since, they have called for this injustice to be rectified.
Fast forward to 2017, and a deal between Marvel/Disney and Sony Pictures facilitated a monumental agreement which would see the characters of the Sony stable return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal upheld Sony’s ownership of the character rights but would allow Marvel Studios access to the characters and include them in the wider events of the Marvel universe. The outcome was Spider-Man’s involvement in the events of Captain America: Civil War and the mutually produced Spider-Man: Homecoming, the most definitive incarnation of the character ever put on film.
The foundations of this mutually beneficial deal have been strengthened further by Spider-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Infinity War, a movie viewed as the culmination of ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now, this relationship is about to rectify the injustice done to one of the greatest characters in the Spider-Man universe with Venom.
This October, renowned Hollywood stalwart Tom Hardy will swing into town as Eddie Brock, an ace reporter and a man destined to be consumed by an intergalactic alien symbiote and become the notorious anti-hero, Venom. The symbiote causes the infestation of a dual personality, one similar in style to that of Jekyll and Hyde and finds Brock on the wrong side of the law, even though his actions are morally justified.
Check out the new theatrical trailer:
At long last, it looks as if Venom will finally have his day in the sun, and rightly so. Whether you’re a fan of the comics, or the original animated television series we can all agree that Venom is one of the most important characters ever to grace the pages of Marvel comics and deserves his place on the screen. Marvel’s involvement has certainly made a profound impact and Venom finally looks to be given the credit he deserves. To hear him refer to himself as “We” is the standout moment of this incredible trailer and confirms the symbiotic relationship with the alien creature which transforms Eddie Brock into the creature we know and love.
To compliment this awesome trailer, Sony Pictures have released a spectacular new poster which reveals Tom Hardy’s duality with the symbiote. Set against the backdrop of a San Francisco city skyline shrouded in darkness. This foreboding imagery hints at the dark tone we can expect to immerse ourselves in come October.
Check it out:
I think it’s safe to say that this year belongs to Marvel. With Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and their influence on Venom taken into account, the era of comic book movies is here to stay. With Spider-Man being so heavily involved in the events of Avengers: Infinity War, I cannot wait to sink my teeth into Venom. With Ludwig Göransson, composer of the critically acclaimed Marvel Black Panther score signed on to compose the score for Venom, this is shaping up to be one hell of a movie and that is damn exciting.
Well done Sony, you’re finally getting your act together. Now if you could only clear up the mess you made with Ghostbusters…but maybe that’s expecting too much.!
Venom, starring Tom Hardy swings onto our cinema screens on October 5.
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