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Sony’s ‘Venom’ Leaves Audiences with Mixed Feelings

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Amanda Hase, Staff Writer

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The first of Sony’s Marvel Universe, “Venom” had theaters everywhere packed this weekend with eager fans waiting to see the beloved comic book character back on the big screen since his debut in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3” 11 years ago.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Venom is an alien who requires a host, usually a human, to survive. Once paired with a host, the symbiote grants them with its extraordinary abilities.

The film, which was released on Oct. 5, deviates from the more iconic portrayal of Venom as a villain who owes his origin and some of his abilities to Spider-Man by featuring the character as an anti-hero whose origin lacks web-crawlers altogether.

The film takes place in San Francisco, California with Tom Hardy starring as Eddie Brock, a journalist who is exposed to the Venom symbiote while investigating a science lab, rumored to be conducting obscene experiments and killing their test subjects.

With some rough beginnings sure to make you laugh, Venom and Eddie learn how to survive side by side, working together to save the world from your classic mad scientist villain.

The movie starts off somewhat slow in what seems to be an attempt to flesh out Eddie, ultimately leaving audiences with 45 Venom-less minutes that aside from introducing us to our protagonist, fail to advance the plot as far as expected.

Fans who wanted to see a more comic book accurate Venom origin story are sure to be left disappointed, with no masked superhero or spider logo to be found.

Despite the awkward pacing, once the movie reaches its climax it becomes far more enjoyable to watch, with humorous yet action-packed scenes and even a bit of romance as Eddie attempts to win back his former fiancee (portrayed by Michelle Williams), all the while saving the world alongside his new alien companion.

The film concludes with a post-credits scene eluding to the comic book character “Carnage” (portrayed by Woody Harrelson), another symbiote crazier and far more evil than Venom.

Overall the directors and producers did a great job with bringing this fictional character to life and giving him a witty, devious and yet caring personality. With Hardy signed on for two more films and a supposed cinematic universe in the works, you can be sure to see Eddie and Venom on the big screen again.

“Venom” is rated PG-13 and is playing in theaters everywhere now.

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