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Everything You Need to Know About Venom

Well there is a lot of hype surrounding the up and coming release of Venom, and I am here to try and make sense of it all for you. If you’re looking for a roundup of all the important stuff, I’ve compiled all you need to know about the character’s background and adaptation, the full cast, release date and trailers. So, you should be clued up by the time you finish this piece.

This blog post is a tad longer than usual – you have been warned…

Get comfy for this mega roundup bonanza!

The Backstory

In the 1993 series “Venom: Lethal Protector”, we saw who Mr Eddie Brock was before the bonding. Edward Charles Allen Brock (wow, okay…) was raised in San Francisco, and unfortunately his mother died from various complications during his birth. Eddie Brock grew up with a father who was extremely unaffectionate due to the circumstances of his wife’s (and Brock’s mothers) death. Despite his father’s cold approach to raising Brock, Eddie still manages to excel himself in his academic studies and switches his major to journalism and upon graduation, Brock moves to New York City and gets a job as a journalist for the Daily Globe. Brock goes on to investigate the serial killer “Sin-Eater” as a reporter and is led to believe the killer is Emil Gregg, who contacts Brock directly. With mounting pressure from the authorities, Eddie Brock reveals the killer’s identity in an exposé.

Much to Brock’s surprise, Gregg is not the self-proclaimed “Sin-Eater”, and the real killer is caught by none other than Spider-Man! Because of this revelation, Brock is found to have been interviewing a compulsive confessor and faces the firing block from the Daily Globe and is consequently divorced by his wife – Jeez, he really hasn’t had it too easy so far huh!? Being fired from his job leaves Eddie Brock unable to obtain any work more reputable than working for tabloid magazines. His father is now totally disgraced and completely disowns Brock.

Venom: Lethal Protector 1993

So what would you do if you kicked down just like poor Brock? Seek revenge, of course! Eddie becomes obsessed with plotting Spider-Man’s demise as Brock blames the superhero for his own depression and downfall. Eddie Brock becomes so down trodden, he even contemplates suicide and turns to God to pray for forgiveness.

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However, The Symbiote, who had just left Spider-Man in the same church after a failed attempt to bond, senses Brock’s desperation and bonds with the unsuspecting journalist. The Symbiote grants Brock powers equal, and in some instances, greater than those held by Spider-Man, and also reveals knowledge of Spider-Man’s secret identity – which Brock, who is still seeking revenge, is more than willing to accept. Venom’s moral code prevents him from hurting or killing innocent people, although it could be argued that this moral code was swayed from time to time and Venom grows to become one of Spider-Man’s most feared enemies over the years.

And So, Venom Was Born…

Fast forward a fair few years and Marvel has decided they haven’t yet released enough films in the year 2018. The release of Venom will look to follow, and attempt to outdo, the success of Deadpool 2, Infinity War and Black Panther. These three films, all released earlier on in the year, made an astonishing amount of money with Deadpool 2 picking up over $731 million, Infinity war clocked over $2 billion and Black Panther ensured Marvel’s survival by bringing home over $1.3 billion at the box office.

Although Colombia Pictures are taking the main role when it comes to producing this one, their overall production is associated with Marvel and will be distributed by Sony Pictures. There is little doubt that the overall success of these three films may be a hard act to follow for Marvel – but as serious fans of the franchise here at Retro Styler, I think Marvel may have struck gold (again), with this one.

2018's Venom

Perhaps one of the most notorious villains to grace the MCU, Venom’s character is developed from a twisted story of defeat, power, revenge and struggle, and I for one am excited to see how Marvel take on this alienesque character and portray him in the film. As always, messing around with original characters from any franchise can cause some upset within the fan base – and I am sure the critics have already had their say on this adaptation.

What Can We Expect From 2018's Venom?

Well from what I have seen, this movie seems to be completely different from most. Not only are they taking on a villain as the main character, but they are also bringing a retro classic, which some may have never heard of, and placing the character right in the 21st century. Personally, I think that this is an extremely clever move from both producers after some people are becoming tired with very similar superhero storylines.

Contrary to the original plot of the 1993 Venom, this film looks to refresh the story of Eddie Brock slightly. Brock is still a journalist; however he begins to research into one particularly shady businessman whose experiments with alien Symbiotes have begun to threaten innocent people’s lives. Of course, as with many storylines, things don’t go quite according to plan, and to cut a long story short, Brock ends up striking a deal with a Symbiote which infects his own body. This deal includes a pact to only hurt bad people, which is reflective of the original. But maybe the infamous villain won’t be so “villainily” in the film adaptation? Hmmm…

Just in case even more hype needed to be built around the release of this film, Sony has released not one, but three trailers.

Check Out the Trailers for Venom‘s 2018 Film Release


Venom did indeed make an appearance in Spider-Man 3, way back in 2007. Played by Topher Grace, the portrayal of both Eddie Brock and Venom came under huge criticism by fans and it’s safe to say Tom Hardy has (so far) raised the bar with the most recent depiction. The graphics also look pretty flawless in the most recent adaptation of Venom too, and the way those wide white eyes and plentiful teeth immerse Eddie Brock during his transformation into Venom is seriously awesome.

Venom appeared in 2007's Spider-Man finale of trilogy

As previously discussed, Tom Hardy (Legend, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road) is taking on the lead role with this one, playing both Eddie Brock and Venom. Whilst attending San Diego’s 2018 Comic-Con, Hardy expressed that his son’s love for the Marvel villain motivated him to take on the role as it was offered to him almost simultaneously. Perhaps Hardy was ‘meant to be’ Venom, and I for one can’t wait to see how Tom Hardy gets on playing the interlinked roles. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Brokeback Mountain and My Week With Marilyn) is also set to star in the film as a lawyer and Eddie’s girlfriend. In addition to featuring Hardy and Williams, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Four Lions) is taking on the role of Carlton Drake, who is famously constantly at odds with Spider-Man and Venom.

UK Venom Release Date and Post-Credit Scene Possibilities…

Released just in time to start creeping you out before the Halloween season really kicks off, Venom is going to be available to watch in the UK on Friday 5th October – eeek exciting!

Whether there will be a post-credit scene or not is hotly discussed. I, for one, love how popular Marvel’s end-of-film-teaser has become and I think it’d be daft for both Marvel and Sony to pass up the opportunity on this occasion! Only a couple of months until we find out, I guess…

Let Me Know Your Thoughts!

If you’re still with me up to this point, I congratulate you! This one may have been a long read but it is over now – and I hope you are a little more clued up on what to expect come Autumn 2018.

But as always with these things, I want to know what your thoughts are. Should there be an adaptation of Venom? Or are these film companies seriously scraping the barrel?

What are your thoughts surrounding the release of the trailers? And do you think Tom Hardy will be able to deliver the grit needed to pull of this notorious villain?

Be sure to let me know in the comments below!