Does Sony's Venom Have a Post-Credits Scene?

‘Venom’ Is a “Complete Failure” According to Early Social Media Reviews

‘Venom’ Is a “Complete Failure” According to Early Social Media Reviews

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. Venom is the kind of Sony superhero project that makes you just wish they went ahead with whatever the fuck that rumored Aunt May Cold War movie was supposed to be.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams, Scott Haze, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed, with Woody Harrelson.

Hardy's Eddie Brock lands in this situation thanks to the machinations of mad billionaire scientist Carlton Drake ("The Night Of's" Riz Ahmed), who, shades of Elon Musk, has been using his fortune to explore space.

Venom, the character, is a reptilian alien "symbiote" whose touch turns ordinary people into super-powered monsters. But, as Travers wrote in his Rolling Stone review, they needn't have bothered with the fake reviews: "No one has to fake a bad review of this".

Tom Hardy seems like he's genuinely about to burst out of his own skin as Venom begins taking over his body, and the madcap scenes with Eddie trying desperately to reason with the new voice in his head are laugh-out-loud amusing.

After he was asked what his favourite scene to film was, Tom gave the rather non-PR friendly line that his best scenes were "cut from the film", not holding back in showing his feelings towards the director's choice.

Arad's arguments won out and Raimi was essentially forced to include Venom in Spider-Man 3, but in the finished film it's clear that Raimi's heart isn't in the Venom story at all. For those of you wondering if he does enjoy eating brains, well, Venom does get to do such a thing once, but just like the rest of the movie, it's such a bloodless endeavor that one has to wonder what's even the point. It's hard to resist being charmed by this character and Hardy's freewheeling performance as the symbiote's initially unwilling host.

Even as a person who read comics during the character's heyday, Fleischer's film leaves a lot of lingering questions, but in retrospect, they seem unimportant in the grand scheme of whatever cinematic universe Sony is trying to create.

Still, Venom is an entertaining watch with plenty of light moments between Brock and Venom, the "loser" symbiote.

For now, there's Venom, who seems to exist in a sub-universe all his own; no Spider-Man in sight.

Carnage is Venom's most famous adversary and the symbiotes have fought on the page numerous times, so it's not surprising that Sony are looking to sow the seeds of that conflict for future movies.

Haven't we seen Venom before though?

IGN: Tom Hardy does his best to elevate a tonally confused script, but Venom will leave you begging for an antidote. But I'm telling you, the action beats are completely forgettable when compared to the thought of how much queer slash fiction is going to be borne from this movie. "For all of the wild weirdness and wackadoo mess, this character is, shockingly, one we'd be happy to spend more time with, thanks to Hardy". In the lead up to this film's release, reports emerged suggesting that Lady Gaga's fans had been writing fake reviews of Venom as a way to sabotage its box office performance, thereby helping the opening of Gaga's film A Star Is Born.

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