No Spidey? No problem. 'Venom' promises loads of bite

  • Movies
  • Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018

'Venom' opens at cinemas nationwide on Oct 4. Photos: Sony Pictures

Although Venom kind of belongs in the family-friendly Spider-Man universe, he is – admittedly – one of the darker characters to exist within it. In the comics, the liquid-like alien symbiote – that needs a host to survive, usually human – is one of Spider-Man’s nemeses.

On the big screen, audiences saw him in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 as played by Topher Grace. But with Tom Hardy’s Venom, the kid gloves are definitely off – what with it being a standalone film with no Spider-Man in the picture.

From both of its trailers, Venom has no qualms exploring the symbiote’s monstrous nature – Venom, it seems, has no problem biting off a person’s head.

But in the second trailer, too, the emphasis on the horror element is balanced with a touch of humour, which is a surprise addition but a pleasant one.

Venom tells a story of journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) whose mind and body are taken over by the symbiote after an accident in a lab. But Eddie is doing everything he can to keep the “parasite” in him in check.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom also stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.

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