Graphic Novel Review: Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Venom/Venom: Dark Origin/ Venomized

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Tom Hardy says his favourite scenes didn't make it into Venom

In order to make this all palatable to audiences, Brock insists that the ugly Venom resist many of his worst impulses and only emerge to bite off heads of bad people, not good.

The inherent problem with Venom to begin with was without Spider-Man - an integral part of the comic book version's origin and reason for being - it'd be like Sony was making a Joker movie with Batman, and who would ever do that.? It's not scary, the CGI is messy, the characters are flat, and the laughs are few and far between.

This review is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Diaz, the man who taught me to appreciate and love comics, especially the complex character of Venom. Granted, there's a lot more talking than action in Venom, but this vehicle 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.

Londoner Hardy takes on the role of Eddie Brock, who becomes the host for an alien symbiote Venom, in the film of the same name. The movie universe hasn't dealt with the symbiotes reproducing so far, so it's likely that the family connection between the two will be changed. Director Ruben Fleischer, who made his name with the fluid and entertaining Zombieland almost a decade ago, is unable to make heads or tails of the action set pieces here.

Right now we have three official western posters for Venom, along with one unsurprisingly rad option from Japan. Considered one of Spider-Man's biggest foes, the Venom we will see in the film is more of an anti-hero, but is in the same universe as Marvel Cinematic Universe's Spider-Man, so confirmed by the makers. When another symbiote named Riot bonds with Drake in an attempt to take over the world and cleanse it of the human lower life forms, Venom decides it's time to take sides against his own kind - a decision that isn't explained in any kind of satisfactory way - and the battle for Earth is on.

Venom does none of this.

"Venom" co-stars fellow British actor Riz Ahmed as villainous corporation owner Carlton Drake and Michelle Williams as Brock's former girlfriend.

On the plus side, there's some nice banter going on in Eddie's head, with the actor also proving the basso voice of Venom. Special effects are excellent as you might expect, and if you are wondering when the credited appearance of Woody Harrelson happens, you will have to wait until a third of the way through the end credits. We also get another doppelganger villain, which fans have been over for some time.

Having that feeling of "What the hell is this thing?" is an underrated quality in movies - good or bad ones - and it's even more captivating when the movie, itself, seems to have thrown up its hands in exasperation. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the movie is touted to offer something bold and fresh, including decapitations, snarling alter-egos and internal struggles. No matter how many monologues Ahmed has about the fragility of the human body and the awe-inspiring power of alien symbiotes, it's hard not to shake the sense that everything in Venom except Hardy was ported in from clunky early-2000s-era superhero films like Daredevil or Catwoman. The result is a not-so-Marvel-ous misfire that leaves little to latch onto except perhaps for the most invested comics fans.

"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. Although Hardy has the looks of a leading man, he's very fond of obscuring them with moustaches, tattoos and face masks. With many concerned that filmmakers may have ditched some of Venom's most promising content, the British star has now readdressed his previous claims in an interview with IGN.

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