VENOM Review: Sony Made A Symbiote Slash Fic

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It misses its mark by wasting a perfectly interesting character and situation that could have been a nice counterpoint to the MCU and the superhero genre, one that maybe DC was hoping to aim for with the Zack Snyder films but it falls far below the standard that we've come to expect. "I've left a lot of stuff out there and I did a lot of improvisation in it that will never make it to the movie".

Opening Friday nationwide, director Ruben Fleishcer's Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt, Christian Convery, Sam Medina and Ron Cephas Jones. So for all that Venom loves to call Eddie a pussy and hijack his puny human body, he sees Eddie as a kindred spirit.

The Venom Rotten Tomatoes score is in, and it is not good, as it comes in with a "Rotten" 28% with 16 Fresh to 41 Rotten reviews; the audience score will be updated once the movie is released. After a series of lethal human trials, one internal scientist turns whistleblower and offers Brock the opportunity to prove Drake's crimes.

For those unfamiliar with the iconic comic book character, here's a primer: The main character of Venom, played by Tom Hardy, is a buff journalist named Eddie Brock who accidentally merges with alien slime (a symbiote), imbuing him with superpowers and a dark alter-ego, named Venom. Indeed, it's hard not to evaluate the film in light of many comments from numerous people who made it - especially director Ruben Fleischer, who vacillated between saying the film was always going to be R- and PG-13-rated, and hedged in recent interviews about how deliberately amusing it's supposed to be - since the end result is stupefyingly incomprehensible. A Venom story without Spider-Man is like a cocktail missing its primary ingredient.

And before you enter the theatre, here's a handy guide of all you need to know about Venom.

Fleischer sees Hardy as a man of the moment, an actor of his time.

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"The scenes that aren't in this movie", Hardy responded.

How does Venom fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? "Venom" stars Tom Hardy in the dual-headed role as Eddie Brock/Venom. "I'm the symbiote. Together we are Venom". As much as he fights to be the dominant one, his performance is essentially rejected by Venom, in favor of storytelling choices that felt dated 15 years ago.

Tom Hardy's Venom touches down in theaters nationwide this weekend, and the review embargo has been officially lifted today. 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 only thing we can be sure of is that, should Venom be greenlit for a part two, Carnage fans will definitely have something to write home about. Die-hard Marvel movie fans or readers of the Venom comics, however, may not be entirely satisfied by the lackluster story or lack of character development.

Venom is due for an October 5 theatrical release.

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