Director Ruben Fleischer Attempts to Explain ‘Venom’s Biggest Plot Hole

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brian-mcgee - October 11, 2018

If you're one of the countless people that flocked to see Venom this weekend, one thing may have struck you as a bit odd in retrospect. Spoilers lie ahead, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, bookmark this article to read after you see it.

In the film's first act, the symbiote known as Riot escapes custody of Carlton Drake's Life Foundation and goes on a rampage in Malaysia, eventually bonding with an old woman. The film soon makes a six month time jump—following Eddie Brock's boneheaded confrontation of Drake and dismissal from his job—and Riot is still bonded to the old woman.

As Gamespot points out, in posing this question to director Ruben Fleischer, that the film goes on to establish that no one host could sustain a symbiote for that long...

Six months has gone by, yet when we catch up with Riot again, it seems virtually no time has passed. The Symbiote is still inhabiting the same host, which other scenes in the movie confirm is virtually impossible, since all but the most compatible hosts are quickly used up when bonded with a Symbiote. And furthermore, Riot has apparently only just made it to the airport.

Fleischer wasn't much help on the matter, confirming that it is rather unfortunately a certified plot hole...

"Our idea was that Riot was using up the life force of whoever he took, and then he jumped ship when he'd consumed them and then find a new host to carry him further on his journey," Fleischer explained. Obviously that idea got lost somewhere in that six month time jump, when Riot stayed bonded with the old woman for half a year. What was Riot doing for those six months?

"Yeah, that's a good question," Fleischer said. "That's one of our few--hopefully--few logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie's downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn't entirely track."

"But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia," he continued.

Yeah, sure thing guy. Venom, plot hole and all, is in theaters now.

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