After years of anticipation and a troubled development process, the Venom spinoff has finally found its footing. The film has put together a solid cast that includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed and Michele Williams, and production is ready to kick off. Unfortunately for us information-hungry fans, despite the project's advanced development state, there's next to nothing we know about the plot.
Given the countless #comicbook storylines centered around the character, figuring out which version the film will go with has been a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully, fans may not have to guess much longer...
The Venom Movie Could Give Its Titular Character A More Heroic Spin
According to Omega Underground's sources, there's a possibility of Venom being an adaptation of David Michelinie 1993's "Venom: Lethal Protector" run. For any non-comic book nerds, the story centers around Eddie Brock moving from New York to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with #SpiderMan, where neither of them would go after each other, with the condition that Venom would stop hurting others.
The antihero made good on his promise, and he protected the residents of his new home city. Unfortunately for him, his good deeds weren't enough to make up for his villainous past. The police started going after him and even Spider-Man got involved in the chase. The web-slinger eventually realized that his former nemesis wasn't doing any harm to others, but before they could solve their differences, Venom was forced to face Roland Treece, a powerful businessman hellbent on destroying homeless people.
Unbeknownst to our dark protagonist, he was also being tracked down by a man named Orwell Taylor, whose son was killed by the #symbiote during an escape from the Vault. Furious and thirsty for revenge, Orwell hired a group of soldiers known as "The Jury" to kill him. The task force gained the upper hand on Venom, and were about to send him to the afterlife until an organization known as the the Life Foundation rescued him.
But as I'm sure you can imagine, the foundation didn't have the purest of intentions. From his DNA, scientists created five offsprings –– Lasher, Agony, Phage, Scream and Riot –– that would go on to hunt down their dad.
So... yeah, the antihero had a lot on his plate. According to O.U., there are some clues supporting the claim of the film taking cues from that storyline. Firstly, production is taking place in San Francisco. Secondly, the film hired people to portray mercenaries, whom the site theorizes could end up being the Jury.
Keep in mind, as with any rumor, we should take this with a grain of salt, but Omega Underground has proven to be a reliable source of information in the past, so the details could be accurate.
You're probably wondering how Venom will handle all the plot points in the "Lethal Protector" story. Rest assured, the movie doesn't have to. In the case it's indeed an adaptation of the comic book run –– and I'm just speculating –– I don't think the studio would want to use the more out-there elements like the underground homeless society, or Spider-Man, so as to not make Venom's first solo big screen outing too cluttered.
Instead, the movie will most likely adapt the story's essence of Venom trying to help people and use his powers for good.
Is That A Better Approach Than Leaning On Horror?
This new rumor is quite interesting because up until now, we've heard that Venom would be more of a horror tale as opposed to your average superhero adventure. So working on the assumption that Omega Underground's report is accurate, there are probably fans wondering which approach is best: Portraying Venom as an antihero trying to find his place in the world, or as a scary, victim-hungry entity.
While I'd be beyond happy to have Venom's frightening side translated to live-action, I also wouldn't mind seeing the character in a heroic light for once. One of my favorite Venom stories is Daniel Way's "Shiver." The run deals with the symbiote escaping from captivity in the Arctic Circle and finding a military complex. Without Eddie Brock as its host, the alien starts inhabiting the people in the building and killing them as they stop being useful.
Even though Venom is front and center on each cover, the plot focuses on a woman named Robertson as she fights to stay alive. Overall, it's more of a survival #horror story than anything else.
The comic started giving me ideas, and I kept thinking to myself: "This is what Venom should be... a contained horror film!" My excitement eventually died down, though, because I realized that approaching Venom as a horror tale would be way too easy. He's a gigantic, dark creature who oozes green liquid from his mouth and eats people for sport. Take away the #Marvel aspect, and you have one of the scariest monsters in fiction.
There's not much of a challenge in crafting a good horror story around that concept. What is challenging would be taking Venom, a frightening and brutal baddie, and making him a compelling, (somewhat) likable individual who's able to carry an exciting action-adventure story. Before fans of the dark and gritty get their pitchforks ready, portraying Eddie Brock as a more heroic character doesn't necessarily have to strip the movie of its horror elements or make it a lighthearted blockbuster.
It just means taking Venom's obvious concept (horror), and giving it a spin. There could be some scary moments that set an eerier tone for the black goo's solo adventure and make it stand out from the increasingly prolific #superhero movie genre. With that in mind, hopefully #Sony is actually taking cues from the "Lethal Protector" run.
Venom will swing into theaters on October 5, 2018.
What do you think about Venom possibly adapting the Lethal Protector storyline? Would you prefer the film to focus on horror, or are you happy with a more action-focused film? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Omega Underground]