“Venom:” Hardly a Superhero

The much anticipated Marvel movie “Venom” came out this weekend and I have one word to describe it: disappointing.

“Venom,” directed by Ruben Fleischer, is the newest in the Marvel franchise and stars Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock) an investigative journalist who attempts to come back from a scandal involving a sketchy organization. Brock accidentally becomes the host of a symbiote that gives him a violent alter-ego: Venom. He must rely on his new powers to protect the world from the same organization, looking for a symbiote of their own.

Though greatly anticipated, Venom was welcomed with mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 30%, whereas audience reviews rated it a solid 89%.

I personally entered the theater excited and left disappointed. I was hesitant walking into the theater knowing the initial R-Rating had been dropped to a PG-13 audience, losing almost 40 minutes of material. In the end, Venom did not live up to my expectations.

This is a class origins story, complete with an egoistic billionaire playing God, a likable girlfriend character and of course an average joe who finds himself in the wrong lab at the wrong time.  

Alas, it’s not a good superhero movie. The special effects are underwhelming, with CGI fight scenes being tedious and predictable at times. Even the evil villain, Carlton Drake, was downright boring. Besides being a typical jerk there was no complex story behind him. He was dull, with no complexity to him.   

If this movie makes enough to have a sequel, I would hope to see an R-Rating followed by a clever plot, interesting characters and actually decent battle scenes with gore. I mean, isn’t that what “Venom” is all about?

In general, Venom not only fails as action cinema but also as an anti-superhero.


Story by: Cassidy Jasperson


Photo by: Rotten Tomatoes