Gone are the days of flat capes, visible wires, and cheesy slogans. Both Marvel and DC have upped their games significantly and we, the movie going nerd public are the winners.
That being said, I wonder what’s going to happen this October when Sony drops Venom? Venom is an arch nemesis of Spider-Man along the lines of Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. In the comics, Venom is a gooey, gelatinous symbiotic alien. His first earth host was Spider-Man. The black suited Spidey arc was horribly depicted in Spider-Man 3 (2007). Venom never got his chance to be the evil villain/anti-hero he should be. With his own movie, so much can be accomplished.
Here is Venom’s first trailer:
My immediate thought is that this is a trailer for Venom without a single shot of Venom. I have to assume that we are seeing Eddie Brock, but this is Hollywood. You never know. Sony has a long history of screwing up comic characters. With Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is a bit of a mystery how Venom will get his Spideyesque look.
Also, this movie is being promoted as a horror film, which on a certain level makes a lot of sense. If Venom is done well, bringing him to the big screen should be terrifying. This would definitely be a movie that you shouldn’t take your kids to. But it makes me wonder if they are erasing all of Venom’s rich comic book history? There is so much that you can do with Venom beyond just being an Alien/Frankenstein mashup. I hope Sony stays true to Tom DeFalco’s original vision.
Based on this first trailer, I really don’t know how this is going to go. It’s giving me more questions than answers. Sony has the chance to establish a franchise that will energize a fan base for years to come. They also have the chance to give us a horror movie that will have us spilling popcorn. My fear is that they are going to give us a movie that will be a ninety minute meme.
Please don’t do that to us, Sony. I really want to write a review this fall with the title, This Movie Is Venominal! Don’t steal that from me, Sony. Just don’t.