For a large number of comic fans, the current superhero movie boom has lacked one crucial ingredient: Venom
For years we’ve seen Iron Mans and Batmans come and go, but until now, this venomous anti-hero, who went from reviled Spider-Man baddie to firm fan favourite, had only had one brief – and to some, disappointing – big-screen outing in Spider-Man 3.
At long last, Venom has a cast, director and film worthy of his formidable countenance, and it’s hitting cinemas this week! But that’s not all, as it’s also available to pre-order on the Virgin Media Store, meaning it can be yours to watch, repeat and keep! With that in mind, here are five reasons why you need to get onboard the Venom train…
1. It’s about an iconic character
Venom began life as an adversary of everyone’s favourite web-slinger, Spider-Man, but soon became almost as popular as the hero he was fighting as his story developed. But this isn’t your average monster. Venom is a symbiote – an alien force that bonds to a host body in order to survive, granting the host superhuman strength, speed and fighting ability in return. Photo-journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) finds himself bound to this dark passenger, and is forced to contend with the best and worst elements of its unstable psyche.
2. It’s got a great cast
Tom Hardy doesn’t do half-measures, and his performance as the titular character is suitably menacing. But he also has a great cast around him. Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman) plays Brock’s lawyer girlfriend Anne Weying, while Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is a billionaire inventor on the verge of a new discovery. Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate and Ron Cephas Jones also star.
3. The action looks out of this world!
In his natural habitat, Venom looks like a sentient oil spill; all coiling, liquid blackness. This means that, even when in symbiosis with Brock, it can manipulate its body to attack surrounding threats. And although Brock largely convinces the alien to only take down the bad guys, its unquenchable thirst for mayhem leads to many a sticky situation.
4. The guy in charge knows what he’s doing
Director Ruben Fleischer is the man behind the great horror comedy Zombieland, and he brings his expertise to bear here. After all, there’s elements of body horror as Brock wrestles with the reality of his bodily predicament; comedy as Venom spits quips mid-fight; lots of action as a variety of parties try to secure the symbiote for themselves; and even a bit of a love story!
5. This could affect the future of Spider-Man – and maybe more!
Since Tom Holland took over the role of Spider-Man, the character has mingled with the Avengers crew and other aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And with Venom inhabiting the same comic-book universe as Spidey, his home of San Francisco could feasibly be the one Ant-Man calls home. Time will tell, but perhaps Venom will help to create new links in the dizzying web of superhero movie crossovers in the future.
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