Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains, according to BYU-Hawaii students, and now he is starring in his own solo film. Fans of Spider-Man commented on the excitement of a new movie, but shared mixed feelings about the the lack of Spider-Man in the film.
Venom, despite being closely related to Spider-Man, will have his film not related to Spider-Man in any way. Venom’s recognizable costume is shown missing his spider symbol on his chest, depicting the absence of Spider-Man in this origin story, according to the Internet Gaming Network (IGN) website.
What is the backstory of Venom?
“Venom is this parasite-like alien called a symbiote whose first-known host was Spider-Man. For awhile he made up Spider-Man’s black costume. Spider-Man then realized Venom was taking control and separated from the symbiote,” shared Alden Transfiguracion, a freshman from the Big Island studying secondary education. “Venom merged itself with a second host, a reporter named Eddie Brock, which is who this new movie is about.”
Venom is an attempt by Sony Pictures to launch a new series of films based on Spider-Man characters, according to ign.com. Sony hopes to create their own cinematic universe to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), currently the highest grossing film series of all time. The Venom movie does not feature Spider-Man.
Sony already has several more spin-off films planned for the future. Movies based on minor characters such as Black Cat and Silver Sable are in development, as well as films about Morbius the vampire and potential sequels to Venom. All whom are originally related to Spider-Man. Venom’s performance will set the bar for Sony’s new series of films.
Inosi Kinikini, a sophomore majoring in peacebuilding is also a diehard Spider-Man fan. He said, “Even though I am not a fan of villains, I kind of like Venom because of his beliefs of wanting to change the world which may seem kind of wrong, but I give him credit for his beliefs.”
Jade Allen, a freshman from Colorado studying English shared her concern how, “Sony is going mess it all up. They need Venom established to bring about another Spider-Man verse into the publication.”
Does the lack of Spider-Man bother you?
Kinikini said, “I am not excited for the new Venom movie mainly because Spider-Man is not in it. There should at least be a reference to Spider-Man, otherwise I don’t know if this movie can be any good. The symbiote needs a host. I don’t think Venom can be Venom without Spider-Man.”
Transfiguracion responded, “I'm totally fine with Spider-Man villain movies without Spider-Man himself as long as there is a good story to be told. The life of a villain is complicated. They usually have sad backgrounds and unique opinions on what is ethical. I think exploring their development from good to evil would be new and refreshing and something I think audiences would find intriguing even without a hero in it.”
IGN released a review of the film directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed. The reviewer, Laura Prudom, gave it a 4/10, praising the performance of Tom Hardy, but criticizing the rest of it as being frustrating and the script being “painful.”
Venom already appeared on the big screen in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, played by Topher Grace.
When asked what he thought of the 2007 version of Venom, Ben Cranney, a freshman from California majoring in business said, “I was pretty young when I watched the movie, and I remember he was an intense and scary character. I actually had a nightmare after watching the movie for the first time.
“I really like the conflicting personalities and character traits he shares with Peter Parker basically like a yin-yang sort of scenario. I think this Venom can really explore that more.”
Transfiguracion added, “I can’t wait to watch Venom. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero so anything related to him is automatically a must-see.”