Duality of an Anti-Hero

The iconic Spiderman villain is returning to the big screen.

Duality of an Anti-Hero

By Lucas Shim, Entertainment Editor

After more than a decade, he finally returns.

“Venom” is an upcoming Marvel-Sony science fiction film that will premiere in theaters on October 5, 2018.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, who previously worked on “Zombieland” and “Two Night Stand,” the movie features Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Ann Weying, Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake and Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Sope Aluko and Woody Harrelson in unknown roles.

“Venom” will revolve around the birth of the iconic Spiderman comic book villain, Venom, an alien symbiote that requires a host in order to survive. Based on the previously released trailer, news reporter Eddie Brock attempts to expose the horrific symbiotic experiments on humans of Dr. Carlton Drake and the Life Foundation. However, after getting into a freak accident in a laboratory, he is bonded with black alien substance, which allows him to wield improved strength, agility, grappling and a mysterious voice in his head. Having a symbiotic connection with an alien, Brock must use his abilities to take down Drake as the Venom.

When Sony released the first trailer for the film, viewers were unsatisfied due to the lack of presence of Venom. However, the new footage features the iconic design of the character, which heavily takes elements from the Spiderman comic books — unlike his portrayal in the 2007 film, “Spiderman 3.” Now consisting of a bulkier physique, razor-sharp teeth and an extended tongue, the character displays an intimidating and devilish presence towards his prey.

“Venom” originally appeared as a super villain in The Amazing Spiderman #300. Since then, the alien symbiote has remained as one of the major archenemies of Spiderman. The villain has presented fans with multiple comic book arcs, including the story of Spiderman and the black suit in which he struggles to evade the alien’s influence on his body and mind.

There are rumored talks that “Venom” will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the home to “Iron Man” and the upcoming film, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Marvel Studios and Sony previously collaborated together for “Spiderman: Homecoming,” giving comic book fans hope that both companies may once again come together to put Venom and Spiderman on the big screen together.