‘Venom’ First Reviews: See What the Critics Are Saying

A still from Venom.


“Having done Dark Knight [Rises] with Chris [Christopher Nolan], I’d kind of done my superhero bit in some respects”.

If there’s one thing that Venom makes abundantly clear, it’s that in 2018, the corporations that produce superhero movies require them to be so much more than just movies. We get to see his softer side as he is in constant debate with the symbiote that speaks to him in his head.

With the Sony-sponsored “Venom” lens, users can tap the Venom icon to toggle between changing their voice to sound like the symbiote or playing the Eminem track. The Venom Symbiote first attached itself to Spider-Man and thus it also developed a Spidey-sense and numerous other abilities of the web-slinger.

Yes, Venom in fact is chiefly based on two popular Marvel comic books. Of course, that never materialized, nor did the expanded cinematic universe seeded with 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He’s is a great character to play because Venom is ruthless and, basically, there are no rules.

Hardy, 41, who has been busy promoting the eagerly anticipated Marvel flick, in which he takes on the role of the lead character, was asked what his favourite moment was to film.

When Sony Pictures lifted the review embargo for Venom on Tuesday evening, critics were quick to publish their formal thoughts on the Tom Hardy-starrer.

Riz Ahmed plays the antagonist in the film.

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. Even when the first trailer pointed to a new origin that doesn’t involve Spider-Man, and the loss of the symbiote’s white spider-emblem, fans still held onto the possibility that the web-slinger might swing by Venom, even if only in the post-credits scene. His life is further complicated when he continues his investigation and forms a bond with an alien symbiote from Drake’s lab called Venom, who gives him superpowers but has an insatiable appetite to eat people. MRI scans and sonic pain inflicted on Venom cause flashing glimpses of the alien creature superimposed over Tom Hardy’s face, complete with special-effects so bad it might as well be a low-budget horror movie. He also has to contend with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), owner of a villainous corporation with maniacal aspirations for saving humanity.

Who else is in it? A noble reason to lose one’s job, perhaps, except that Brock stole the info from his fiancé Anne’s (Michelle Williams slumming it in a thankless role) e-mail. Eddie loses his job, his cushy apartment, and his flawless lawyer girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams) after he dares to question Drake’s business practices.

Tom Hardy has clarified his comments regarding the number of scenes that were cut from Venom at the final edit.

That looks highly unlikely. It’s reminiscent of the post-“Spider-Man”, pre-MCU superhero pictures, the ones made with some degree of star power and/or production value but lacking a sense of goal beyond showing off a live-action exclamation of a famous comics character.

The point is, the developers at Insomniac Games took Spider-Man seriously. Toe to toe with Tom Holland?

“What I’ve said in the past is that we wanted to push the violence to the hilt”.

So, for now, all we can do is hope.


Venom hits theaters on October 5.

TOM HARDY's 'Favorite Scenes' Were Cut From VENOM