'Venom' First Reviews: See What the Critics Are Saying

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"Until then, he's just another bit of secondary Marvel IP who scowls and growls, and never shows us why he should be headlining his own movie". One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and vicious characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Hardy plays the title role in "Venom", which is based on a Marvel Comic character who gains superpowers and an alternate identity after coming into contact with an alien form.

These first reviews for the film are about what you'd expect. And I think everybody on the crew is just fully invested in how he's chosen to realize Eddie Brock.

Now that people have actually seen the movie, and reactions have been allowed on social media, it seems that odd fascination is pretty much warranted. "Venom is a bouncy good time".

As originally envisioned by creators Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie, the relationship between Eddie and Venom is a humorous love-hate one, with built-in wisecracks to help leaven the dark goings-on of the comics. This was unacceptable for producer Avi Arad, who pointed to Venom's popularity throughout the 90s as proof the character was overdue to appear in the films.

Hardy says that the idea of symbiosis - needing each other to survive - is built into the characters of Eddie and Venom.

Well-versed comic book aficionados will no doubt realise that Kasady is the first host of the Carnage symbiote - Venom's more powerful offspring - and the sequence ends with Kasady himself teasing that when he gets out: "There will be..." Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean Venom is a complete wash, but falling as it does so close on the heels of powerhouses like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, it's hamstrung at best. If that sounds ridiculous, it is - but "Venom" both knows it and leans into it, playing up the dark humor until it's pitch black. The alien matter splattering itself around like random tentacled liquid, the way Venom cross-breeds Spider-Man's skyscraper-hopping agility with the Hulk's dynamo destructiveness - it's all diverting eye candy. "The tone of this movie is all over the place, and it's the inconsistencies ... that are Venom's real problem".

All that said, Venom is a movie for the masses. Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson didn't seem to hate it, either; he called Venom "just stupid enough to be fun without being a waste of time", and said that, "for several weird stretches". Fans fell in love with this outspoken and quirky anti-hero: enormous fangs, merciless mindset and all.

The age of Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters is nearly here. And more. And the film is awesome.

The upcoming superhero movie is slated to be released in the USA on Friday, October 5 and was just released in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 3.