‘Venom,’ with Tom Hardy, is a manic muddle

WESTWOOD CA- OCTOBER 01 Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Columbia

Tom with co-star Michelle Williams at the Venom premiere

When it comes to superhero films, you can't make one without at least teasing and leaving the door open for many, many more.

The spinoff - the first entry in Sony's proposed Spider-Verse - isn't connected to Marvel's extended cinematic universe, but it's easily the worst Marvel-affiliated title to hit screens since 2005's Elektra. The critical consensus reads: "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man". It's not scary, the CGI is messy, the characters are flat, and the laughs are few and far between. Granted, there's a lot more talking than action in Venom, but this auto chase goes on for a while, as if it was meant to be what everyone would talk about on the way home, instead of something to forget.

Eddie becomes infected with the space parasite as he tries to expose the devious machinations of a Bay Area tech mogul (Rogue One's Riz Ahmed).

The movie contained two end-credits scenes with intriguing revelations.

Fleischer, who had great success with 2009's wicked fun Zombieland, and his darkly humorous 30 Minutes or Less in 2011, deserved a better fate than to play to small audiences during the August doldrums of the summer film season.

From an earwig in Hardy's ear, they would play the Venom dialogue voice back to him during the scene.

Venom director Ruben Fleischer too added, "Well, I think we can all agree that it would be pretty wonderful to see Spider-Man and Venom face off in a film".

"I think there's a pretty obvious one inherent to the Venom franchise that for whatever reason couldn't be included in the film".

Venom does none of this. Eddie soon runs afoul of world-renowned scientist and inventor Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed); they clash during an interview that goes so badly for Eddie that he's fired from his job and his fiancee Annie (Michelle Williams) promptly leaves him after she's canned from her job. "Venom" stars Tom Hardy in the dual-headed role as Eddie Brock/Venom. When Spidey got possessed by Venom (in the comics and in Spider-Man 3), it's horrifying because we don't want sweet little Peter Parker to be engulfed by a murderous alien. Director Ruben Fleischer revealed during 2017's Comic-Con Experience that it takes inspiration from Planet of the Symbiotes (1995) - a five-arc issue where Venom teams up with Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider to stop a global symbiote invasion - and Lethal Protector (1993) - a six-issue limited series where Venom teams up with the web-slinger to take down the Venom Symbiote's offspring. As Life Foundation foot soldiers come to retrieve the escaped alien, Eddie and Venom forge a tenuous bond via an ongoing internal dialogue, even if - outwardly - it seems like the poor human is certifiably insane. The serial killer, played by Woody Harrelson, vows that "there'll be carnage" upon his release.

"There's an element of original "Ghostbusters, ' a slightly "80s retro vibe to it, which I enjoyed, and a bit of 'Teen Wolf" and 'American Werewolf in London" vibe to it", Hardy said.

The "Spider-Man" spin-off follows several alien symbiotes who come to Earth.

"Or I stand and push it as far as I possibly can with consideration to all opinions and options, but, ultimately, I have to go it alone and make some decisions which I'm responsible for".

Or is it? Venom isn't just a hot mess, it's a boiling one. One is a teaser for any potential future "Venom" movies that you definitely won't want to miss.

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