After a long anticipation Venom has finally hit the theatres, the critics simply banished the movie, but it is not as bad as people are telling it. The movie is absolutely watchable and also enjoyable. Sony has done a good job in thinking of starting a Spider-Man franchise with Venom. Well as we move forward, let me warn you that the article will have spoilers. So, if you haven’t watched the film and don’t want to get spoiled, I would advise you not to continue.
Coming back to the movie. It follows the story of Eddie Brock portrayed by Tom Hardy, an investigative journalist who lives in San Francisco. His life was good until he decides to go after the leader of the Life Foundation. During the time, he meets a scientist, Dr. Dora Skirth of the Life Foundation. She takes him to the foundation, and at that time, the Venom’s symbiote bonds with Eddie and things change. Well, this is the basic plot of the story.
The movie pays homage to the Venom comics many times and some of the things which many fans might’ve missed while watching the movie. So, let us take a look at them.
1. J. Jonah Jameson’s son.
During the starting sequence of the film, we witness an accident that takes place involving the people from the Life Foundation. While bringing alien symbiote, the space shuttle crew of the foundation crashes back to the Earth, and the accident kills everyone except a man named Jameson. If you have read the comics, then you might know that this is a reference to John Jameson, who is the son of J. Jonah Jameson, the famous editor of New York City’s Daily Bugle. FYI, John Jameson made his debut in the first issue of Spider-Man comics. In the issue, Spider-Man saves the life of John in order to build a good relationship with J. Jonah because he is Spidey’s biggest critic.
2. “Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks… so little time.”
In the scene, when we see Venom fully for the first time, he utters a dialogue, “Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks… so little time.” I know that the dialogue is a little bit strange for people to engulf because it is coming from the mouth of a superhero and not a villain, but it is a homage to the comics. Don’t know about it? Well, then, let me tell you. The exact dialogue was delivered in the Amazing Spider-Man #374. And, Venom delivers this line directly to Spider-Man in the comics.
3. Venom’s love for chocolate.
We all are aware of the fact that Venom craves for people’s brains. He opens his jaw and completely swallows people, and that’s exactly how the comic’s Venom worked. But, there’s one more thing that he craves for, and the movie makes that joke much more fascinating. In the scene where Eddie tells his symbiote to establish some rules so that they can co-exist. One of them is never to eat people, and Venom agrees. But, the symbiote demands tatter tots and chocolates. Well, for those who don’t know Venom needs phenethylamine which is a chemical found in the brain. But, the same thing is also found in chocolates, and that’s why he demands Eddie that he will eat chocolates.
4. Venom’s son’s post-credit scene.
Well, I know that Stan Lee made a cameo appearance in the movie, but that is not something people would talk about. The most important one the appearance of Woody Harrelson aka Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. He was shown locked up in San Quentin. In the scene, he requests to meet with Eddie. The scene teases Carnage for the upcoming movies in the Venom franchise. If you don’t know then Venom aka Eddie Brock and Carnage aka Cletus Kasady meet for the first time in prison in the comics. Though I am not sure if the similar thing will be followed in the upcoming movie, it will be interesting to see how there meeting is being executed because Carnage’s role in Venom movies will be major and they will carry the story ahead together.
5. Venom was always an outsider.
Eddie’s repression of thoughts to save his fellow men and defend the vulnerable people seemed to be ditched by the symbiotes. Despite that, they want to become a hero. Well, the reason behind it is simple, and that’s because Eddie Brock is a loser. But, for those who don’t know Venom was the same on his own planet. Only people who have read the new Venom storylines in the comics might know about this fact. On their planet, symbiotes are supposed to be good and virtuous symbiotes to the other species. But, Venom makes a mistake and selects Eddie as his host, who is unstable. This makes things for Venom quite a bit tougher.
Did you watch the movie yet? If yes, then tell us if we missed any major reference or easter egg shown in the movie. Till then, take care.