My Thoughts For A Venom Spin-off and Possible Venom Universe


Recently, I heard that the Venom spin-off film was supposedly cancelled, and I honestly did not know what to think. There’s been so much talk of making this project into a reality, but it apparently still remains unfinished.

Regardless of whether this is a rumor or not, however, I would like to voice my opinion on how I think Venom should be portrayed.

There are a few important reasons why a Venom spin-off film should be made, and I’m sure most of you will agree with them:

1. He is one of Spider-Man’s most beloved villains

What makes Venom so special is that he is the epitome of Spider-Man villains. Having been proven false by Peter Parker after Peter actual solved the case of the criminal known as Sin Eater, Brock’s life falls apart. He’s so inspired by journalism, and after being betrayed by it, he can feel nothing but hate towards the one who jeopardized his career, who just happens to be Spider-Man.

Spider-Man, who is currently wearing the alien symbiote costume, realizes it is consuming him. The suit yearns to become one with him, but Peter wants nothing but to remove it.  The resentment the suit faces from Peter mirrors Brock’s hatred, which is what makes them the perfect fit when the symbiote finds Brock in a church.

These two factors ultimately create a villain whose motivations are bent on executing his vengeance on Spider-Man and nothing else. This brings me to my next point…

2. He is one of Marvel’s most flexible anti-heroes

While the villainy behind Venom is geared toward Spider-Man whenever he faces him, there is another side of Venom.

Eddie Brock, despite being possessed by the alien symbiote, isn’t that bad of a guy. He is plagued by many of the same tragedies as Peter. The nature of these are much more severe, which is why it is so easy for the symbiote to bond to him. What sets them apart is Eddie’s humility that exists beneath his hatred for Spider-Man.

Overall, Brock’s hatred for Spider-Man allows him to utilize the symbiote to both go against Spider-Man and protect those in danger (lethally, of course). It can be said that this humility creates a subtle hatred towards those who are inhumane, which gives the symbiote more of a reason to remain bonded to Brock.

3. The superhero genre is tired. We need a villain/antihero-centric film.

With at least 36 superhero films coming at us in the next 6 years alongside some television series, maybe even more beyond, the genre is going to get exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, superhero films are my favorite and I am filled with thrill and excitement as they continue to be released. However, with films like Suicide Squad to be released August 6, 2016 and The Sinister Six to be released November 11, 2016, we’ll hopefully get to see what it’s like on the dark side.

Whether a Venom spin-off film is being made or not, the story needs to be seen on the screen as soon as possible, even if it’s a computer screen rather than the silver screen. With that, it must also be a quality film.

In my opinion, if you’re a fan of Spider-Man, then you should be, to some degree, a fan of Venom as well. The film must show the darkness of Venom, both in the build-up of a hateful Brock and the evolution into the monstrous Venom. It wouldn’t be a film that depicted a villain as a main character without it. When Venom becomes a lethal protector is when there will be a subtle harkening back to the superhero genre we know and love.

In my opinion, though (and I know I’ll probably get some hate for this), it is debatable whether or not Carnage should be introduced. It will paint Venom as too much of a hero, particularly when he has to team up with Spider-Man. Maybe a scuffle with Carnage will suffice, but going too far with that story will detract from the point of the entire film.

Building a Venom-verse

A more formidable substitute would be spin-offs revolving around other hosts of the Venom Symbiote with darker stories. These characters include Anne Weying (Eddie Brock’s ex-wife), Angelo Fortunato, and maybe even Mac Gargan (The Scorpion). We could even see Eddie Brock join the Sinister Six or even the Savage Six as Toxin.

What do you all think, Spider-Fans? Let me know in the comments below!

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