'Venom' First Reviews: See What the Critics Are Saying

Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy

Riz Ahmed and Tom Hardy

"If Mysterio makes sense for the Spider-Man movie and would make a good story, it's in our best interest - all of us, Disney, Sony, and us".

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), having fully bonded with the inky alien parasite named Venom, returns to his street-beat duties as an investigative reporter.

There's a lot of potential here though, if they chose to dig deeper and with Venom's penchant for eating people, you'd think they'd go for a higher rating and go gruesome. Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has clearly researched and executed upon Venom's mannerisms, characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. The movie also stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Other than Eddie Brock, its other notable hosts have included Flash Thompson, Wade Wilson and Peter Parker. In making the story palatable to kids, he also sanitizes it of its angst, its elemental cry for salvation...in short, everything that makes Venom Venom. It's definitely a superhero movie, but with a whole decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has managed to elevate the genre into something so nuanced or political (at its best we have "Captain America: Winter Soldier" and "Black Panther"), "Venom' seems to have completely let go of any attempt of any profundity or depth". "That's the next thing that we're going to be working on". (Whatever you're imagining, you're probably not far off, though watching it play out is next-level bonkers.) Hell, when Eddie and Anne don't end the movie romantically reunited, Venom even raises the possibility of Anne as a mutual partner to them both, so I guess the anticipated sequel will revolve around Eddie and Venom trying to establish a polyamorous triad!

"But when I was presented with the opportunity to play Venom, and that correlated with my son's love for Venom and how cool he was, I got really, really excited and decided that I really wanted to do it".

Watch our interview with Venom stars Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed below. That said, many reviews cited that it's still an entertaining ride despite its flaws and that Tom Hardy gives a "committed" performance and is the saving grace of the production.

"Venom is a byproduct of me wanting to draw a blue and red Spider-Man costume", McFarlane said. Essentially, it sounds like Venom is a one-man buddy comedy, which could be a lot of fun to see onscreen. Clearly, this didn't happen, but I'd argue that Venom's creative team (Fleischer and writers Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel) still have a decent handle on what makes Venom tick. And more. And the film is awesome. The PS4 exclusive (sorry, Xbox fans) captures Spidey (and his alter-ego Peter Parker) as I have known him for most of my life: He's a scrappy NY kid, struggling to juggle both the extraordinary responsibilities and opportunities of being a superhero and the mundane challenges of being a socially awkward young man.

Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters looks to kick off strong with Venom poised to have a solid weekend at the box office.

Venom is in cinemas 5 October. "We've landed this character, and now we get to decide what to do with him".

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