These characters interacted in the comics forever. This results in action and a story that is somewhat entertaining, but not entirely novel since there are basically two copies of the same character on the screen, both of whom are going through well-telegraphed stereotypical arcs.
"Superhero fatigue" is a phrase frequently bandied around these days, for good reason, but Venom just about manages to stick its ugly head above the fray because it is, well, just plain weird. "He's as aggressive as fans could possibly hope for, I think".
Venom is a god damn queer rom-com.
NOTE: If you have the patience to wait through an eternity of credits, you'll be treated to a daft animated short involving Spider-Man, the web-slinging superhero in whose pages the character of Venom originally appeared, during the 1980s. Anne leaves Eddie, and he's all alone in the world, scraping by with only his neighborhood for company. Through a lot of heavy plot lifting, Eddie ends up backpacking a symbiote named Venom that allows him to shoot out sticky-icky tentacles, scale skyscrapers, and occasionally transform himself into a hulking S&M man-beast with severe orthodontic issues.
At the center of Venom is not one but two antiheroes in one body: Eddie - the ego-driven, obsessive reporter driven to expose the powerful and corrupt - and Venom, the chilling alien symbiote with incredible superpowers who fuses with Eddie.
It's hard to discuss "Venom" without some mention of the infamous feculence line shown in the trailer-the symbiotic monster warning a naughty thug about leaving his dismembered body flailing about like "a turd in the wind". She did, and with her CV and talent, that was even more depressing. News to talk about their new movie Venom and shared some of the feedback they've been receiving from their loved ones. "The tone of this movie is all over the place, and it's the inconsistencies ... that are Venom's real problem". I don't know why his dialect changes from scene to scene, or if he intended the performance to feel slapstick, or if I should be laughing at half the stuff in the movie, but it's a silver lining to an otherwise unmitigated catastrophe.
In the comics, Carnage is actually one of the Venom symbiote's many offspring, created during a brief stint in which Eddie was incarcerated and kept in a cell next to Kasady, where it eventually bonded to him without Eddie's knowledge.
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. In Marvel movies, the archetype of the 2018 superhero movie, the heroes' motives for doing good rarely require much exploration. There are a few moments of incoherence that lead one to wonder what the supposed R-rated cut of this film looked like at one point, but what's here is mindless and frenetic, good enough for government work but not especially showy or inventive.
While Spider-Man 2 brought Doc Ock into the fold as the antagonist, Venom's big debut came in 2007's Spider-Man 3, the much-maligned Spider-Man sequel that put an end to Raimi's iteration of the franchise.
We're also told that Venom's "kryptonite" - hey, what universe is this? - consists of sounds between four and six kiloHertz, as well as fire. It's been a full day since I've seen it, and honestly, I'm still not sure.