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Venom end credits scene explained: What is the link to Spiderman?

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WESTWOOD CA- OCTOBER 01 Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Columbia

Venom never knows what kind of movie it wants to be, attempting jokes at the same time as its self-serious score thunders in the background. The film has Hardy presenting two personalities and is being touted as a horror movie with a sense of fun. If the new rock-em-sock-em comic-book extravaganza had featured a B-level star - I don't know, Jason Statham or Gerard Butler - it might be easier to get into its wobbly spirit of enthusiastic junk. Koff further explains, "By the time Tom walked on the set ready to roll, he felt like he had already rehearsed with the character of Venom talking in his ear".

The film version of this self-same alien goo was introduced in "Spider-Man 3" in 2007 when Tobey Maguire bonded with the alien to create his similar black costume which also eventually left Peter Parker and plopped down onto Brock (Topher Grace) and out popped "Venom". Also, Venom eats people, though he enjoys frozen tater tots as well.

Even the message that Earth is heading toward disaster and we must be more concerned with environmental issues is forgotten by the end of the film.

For the duality of Brock as hero and Venom as whatever it wants, Hardy offers a polarizing performance that matches this all-over-the-place tone. Others will shake their head and wonder, Why didn't someone at the studio intervene? During a space expedition to a comet, Drake's company discovers a couple of parasitic aliens; rather than reveal this incredible discovery to the world, however, the power-hungry Drake instead performs a serious of unsafe scientific trials in order to create a human-alien hybrid.

With humans facing extinction, Drake is certain that a fusion between humans and these "symbiotes", as he calls them, is our only chance.

"What was nice about Venom", he continues, "is it straddles the fence between what the concept of good and bad is and presents a flawed human being host to a flawed superhero entity that attaches to them". After a series of lethal human trials, one internal scientist turns whistleblower and offers Brock the opportunity to prove Drake's crimes.

Drake is obsessed with Venom and getting it/Brock back in the lab. Will there be negotiations over who gets which villain going forward?

"Venom" may not be a great superhero movie, but it's definitely going to make you laugh. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. He's Venom, prominent Marvel bad boy who's been wreaking his particular brand of ultraviolent mischief for 30-some years in comics and now on the big screen. He mostly succeeds at this, but where Hardy shines the most is how he deals with what is essentially schizophrenia-hearing the voice of Venom in his head and conversing with the alien inside him (at least that's the Hollywood portrayal of schizophrenia). Reactions to this movie are mixed - although the answer may also depend on Venom's complicated corporate status. Reportedly Sony is very keen on keeping the door open for a Spidey sequel - so much so that they've kept Venom to a PG-13 rating in the USA (the rough equivalent of a United Kingdom 12A), despite the recent success of R-rated comic book films like Logan and Deadpool, purely to keep the option of pitting Venom against Spider-Man down the line.

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