Baddies That Need Movie Love: Venom
I'm back with the 25th installment in the Baddies That Need Movie Love and I bring you a Spider-Man foe of huge proportions and one that has his own film in the works over at Sony Pictures. I give you VENOM!
The symbiotes were a race that had no feelings of their own. Instead, they would feed off the emotions of those they subdued and in order to feel the adrenaline rush they so enjoyed, they forced their hosts to achieve spectacular feats. Eventually, the symbiotes would use their host to a point they would become dry and useless and they would leave them for dead. When Spider-Man was taken to Battleworld by the Beyonder, his usual red and blue costume was torn to shreds and believing that he had found an alien clothing generator, he grabbed the small black ball, which instantly slithered all of his body,covering him from head to toe. The Web slinger was amazed by the capabilities of the new suit but never questioned the mechanics of the new suit, which also included it's own we-shooter that seemingly never ran out of webbing.
Once Spider-Man returned to Earth, the symbiote couldn't tolerate being away from its host and would attach itself at nights, forcing Parker out to fight evil or just go on a web-slinging adventure. While battling Puma, it was discovered that the webbing was an organic material, which drove Peter to talk with Reed Richards and have him examine the suit. Richards determined that the suit was actually a living parasite attempting to graft itself to Parker's mind and body. Richards succeeded in separating the alien from Parker and contained it in an environmental cell. However, the symbiote was much smarter than anyone had anticipated and it escaped, finding its way back to the home of Parker, where is disguised itself as a spare red and blue suit. Unknowingly, Parker donned the suit and the parasite instantly reattached itself to its former host. Hoping that the pealing bells of the Our Lady of Saints church would destroy the alien, he headed to the bell tower, but Peter succumbed to the bells before the alien. However, because the symbiote had fed off the emotions of Parker for so long, it had learned to feel, and therefore how to act. The symbiote then scarificed itself and saved Parker, who had assumed the alien had crawled off to die. In actuality, the weakened and nearly dead parasite had slithered to the main level of the church where Eddie Brock knelt in prayer, asking for forgiveness for considering suicide.
The symbiote joined mentally and physically with Brock, whose emotions overwhelmed the already confused alien. The dominant thought on both their minds was that of Spider-Man. But Brock's sheer hatred for the crime fighter twisted the symbiote’s feelings to a similar extent. In effect, Brock's emotions drove the symbiote insane, just as their bonding may have driven Brock over the edge.
Brock quickly learned that the parasite gave him all the powers of Spider-Man, and then some. Along with that, it added bulk to his already massive stature and added super-strength to his increasing arsenal of weapons. He opted to call himself "Venom" and he forced the symbiote to create a hideous grin and began plotting to take the Web-Slinger down. Through the symbiote, Brock learned many things about his new enemy, including his identity. Brock began his assault by taunting Spider-Man via minor altercations, including pushing him in front of a moving subway train. Venom was able to cancel out the hero's "Spidey Sense" by projecting conflicting frequencies at the brain waves of the wall-crawler. After many of these smaller spats, Venom went for the heart and confronted Parker's wife, Mary Jane. While the twisted sense of morality of the symbiote did
Having deceived a prison guard, and killing him, Venom escaped the Vault and returned to New York City where he once again confronted Spider-Man. This time, Spidey used psychological warfare on his opponent, by trying to coerce the parasite to detach itself from Brock and return to its original host. The alien, being torn by its continuous love-hate relationship with Parker, attempted to detach itself from Brock and return to Spider-Man. But the attempt was too much to bear for the parasite and both the alien and Brock were rendered unconscious and returned to the Vault. After many years of combating, Venom eventually reached an understanding with Spider-Man. Later on, Venom had to join forces with his usual foe, Spider-Man, in order to take down and even more powerful and rage filled symbiote in the form of Carnage.
And this, my friends, is where a Venom film needs to occur. When it was announced not long ago that Sony was indeed moving forward with a Venom spin-off, most fans, myself included, felt that the only way for it to happen was to have Venom reintroduced into the new Spider-Man universe, where a relationship between Spider-Man and Venom could be built up and explored. At that time, allow Venom to receive his own film, with Carnage as the rogue. Most of the film could center around Venom trying to subdue the powerful symbiote, only having to resort to asking Spider-Man for help, resulting in a massive, hopefully violent, climactic battle. I don't think I need to go into too much detail as to why Venom needs to be in another film (or two), but let me reiterate that Sony did the character a huge disservice by adding him into Spider-Man 3, which resulted in having them reboot the series way too early. The character needs to be reintroduced and given his testicular fortitude back.
With Carnage, I chose Charlie Hunnam to portray the violent character. With Venom, I wanted to choose an actor that was essentially and "in-
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