By Travis Martin
Although it is allowing the rights to Spider-Man to go to Marvel Studios, this has not stopped Sony from using another Spider-Man character. Sony’s cancelled spinoff, “Venom,“ is being revived with hired scriptwriter Dante Harper and previous “Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Supposedly, the character of Venom will be separate from Marvel Studios version of Spider-Man, which the character will have his own movie starring Tom Holland and directed by Jon Watts.
Now, I think that it’s great that Venom is getting another chance at the big screen, but he should start out as a main villain to Spider-Man instead of be formed with his own movie. The reason Venom works is that he’s a darker doppelganger of Spider-Man, created from the living black symbiote that Spidey wore. In fact, Venom’s whole origin is intertwined with Spider-Man.
For those of you who do not know anything about Venom, here is a recap: Venom began as a symbiote, a parasitic slime that bonds with a host, that Peter Parker found when his own costume was tattered. The symbiote attached itself to Peter, giving him the now iconic black suit. However, because of how corrupting this symbiote was to Peter’s personality, Spider-Man had to forcibly get rid of it. What Spidey did not realize was that the church he dumped the suit had a praying man inside, Eddie Brock. Brock was a reporter who was fired because of Spider-Man, causing his wife to leave him and Brock discovering that he has cancer. It was in this church that Brock, in his despair and hatred to Spider-Man, attracted the symbiote. The symbiote bonded with Brock, creating Venom. Despite tormenting Peter for years, Venom would go on to become an antihero of sorts, changing from different hosts like Mac ‘The Scorpion’ Garland and Flash Thomson, and teaming with the likes of the Thunderbolts and even more recently the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Yes, I do agree that Venom should be given a second chance after Tropher Grace‘s uninspired turn in “Spider-Man 3.“ But if Spider-Man is going to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Venom should be part of it. It just makes sense to have this character with his arch rival. Marvel’s currently untitled Spider-Man is set to release July 7, 2017.
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