TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - March 22, 2018
What's the best way to make a comic book movie villain sympathetic? Go ahead, just say the first thing that comes to you off the top of your head. Got it? Okay, now think about Deadshot in Suicide Squad, Sandman in Spider-Man 3, Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and presumably Thanos in the upcoming Infinity War all have this same thing in common. Hell, you don't even need to be a bad guy to have this same problem as Scott Lang in Ant-Man has it too. It's a young daughter they're just trying to do right by. The heck with all the rest of it, if protecting my little girl means that I've got to do something terrible, well then so be it.
So guess what revolutionary idea Sony has come up with to endear us to Eddie Brock, a comic book villain turned protagonist of the upcoming film Venom? You'll never guess in a million years. Comic Book Movie has done an in-depth breakdown of all the major plot points that have leaked about the film and it's some really spoiler heavy stuff, so I'd caution you to only go there if you want to get really angry.
The first of two things that stuck out in this report is that Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock does indeed have the same "for my daughter" rationale for whatever it is that he's doing. This has now officially become the "bad guy getting arrested was all part of his plan" cliché of the moment. A baby daughter does not a sympathetic person make all by itself. I think we're all sick to death of it at this point.
The second, and much more problematic issue is that Venom—the character as we all know and love him—doesn't show up until roughly two minutes before he defeats his antagonist at the end of the film. So in a film titled Venom, Venom has a two minute cameo? That would be like calling The Hangover, A Trip to Mike Tyson's House. Or instead of The Last Jedi, it was Snoke's Really Bad Afternoon. You can't get us to the theater for Venom and then give us 118 minutes of ol' Mumbles Hardy, followed by two minutes of the guy you paid your money to see.
I know that these are rumors, and we should take them all with a grain of salt. Consider the rumors that have been swirling for weeks about Deadpool 2's terrible test screening and a bunch of reshoots right before it opens in less than two months. Do you guys think what I think about this? It's totally Kevin Feige doing everything he can to discredit Marvel films that aren't part of the MCU, right? He did the same thing with Fant4stic. He is trying to get these properties to tank so he can "rescue" them by bringing them into the MCU. Or something, who knows. Thanks for coming over to my conspiracy corner for a minute.
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