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Venom, Anti-Heromantic

 

venom-movie-trailer-release-date-tom-hardy-castThe newest iteration of the infamous symbiotic Spider-Man villain, Venom, as portrayed by the seasoned Tom Hardy, is one I am definitely now keeping tabs on.

The film, a standalone anti-hero origin story, has gotten a lot of mixed reaction amid seemingly bizarre shifts in tone and clarity, but this comes, I think at a misunderstanding what this movie is supposed to be.

Symbiotes from space? Check.

Unwarranted human testing? Check.

Nosy, down on his luck Eddie Brock? Check!

Brock takes on a lot of flack as an investigative journalist meddling often where he is unwelcome, as one would expect in such a line of work. After covertly snaking information from the Life Corporation via his girlfriend, Anne Weying, Brock sets out to expose the under-handed dealings underway at Life Corp.

It does not go well, as one might expect, or does it?

Losing her job, Weying ditches Brock. Alone and also out of work, Brock eventually finds himself back at Life Corp and this time he does not leave alone.

The symbiote known as Venom latches on, and they slowly become one.

How’s that for a meet-cute?

From here on out, Venom follows Brock as he adjusts to his parasi– er symbiote, never quite getting the hang of it, stumbling around sick and afraid.

Coming to ‘Venom’ I expected what most might, an extra-terrestrial evil come to seek vengeance against those that have displaced it in order to return home, or cause further damage.

What I did not expect was the love story.

If you have not seen Venom, you can stop reading here and go right that wrong.

As Venom wraps up, we see Brock meet with Weying in a post-breakup, post-chaos touching base, he is calm and yearning, they share a kiss and ultimately part ways, leaving the chance for reuniting on the table (sequel fodder, no doubt).

This is not the love story I want you to notice.

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Venom, having found a perfect host in Eddie, comes to take a liking for him, a comfort in the knowledge that there is safety and sustenance on this unfamiliar planet in the form of a man.

Eddie too comes to grow an affection for his symbiote, accepting his fate and reveling in the power it brings him.

Venom and Eddie, quite simply, are falling in love. Fans of the comics will see this as no surprise, as it is well documented the characters share an unconventional romance, essentially becoming partners in their time spent together in their symbiotic revelry.

I, not being as familiar, found this delightful and refreshing in an age where sex and gender is finally beginning to be seen for its fluidity and many facets.

I couldn’t help but feel a warmth in my heart as we watch Eddie walk away from Weying down a San Francisco street asking Venom what they would like to do next?

No declaration of love, no wild strange sex encounter (yet), but simply a man asking his symbiote what they might like to see or experience in the expansive, sunny city.

Whether or not they stick to this aspect of the Brock/Venom relationship remains to be seen, but god-damn it I’m rooting for them.

Venom is in theaters now, go see it.

Marvel’s The Defenders: A Good Defense Is A Great Offense

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). This foursome is out to save New York City from the evils of Sigourney Weaver. As their lives cross intersect thanks in part to Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). They realize with a good amount of persuading that they just might be stronger when teamed up together.

When watching the trailer I have got to say my grin was from ear to ear. Daredevil pops in interrupting Misty Knight’s interrogation of Jessica and tells Jessica to “stop talking”. Good luck with that Matt.

Then we transition to Luke Cage trying to figure out what a hero really means with good ole Clair guiding him along the way. He then meets up with Iron Fist who tries to smack Luke down with some fancy kungfu (which I hope is a little better in this show then the Iron Fists own). Then we see the glowing hand of the Iron Fist pop Luke Cage’s top right off. In the end Luke doesn’t understand what being an Immortal Iron Fist means and neither do I really.

Then we’re introduced to the big bad Sigourney Weaver, who with the few lines she has seems to steal the show away for me as the main villain. We get to see an, “unhatched” back from the dead, Elektra (Elodie Yung) fighting with Daredevil, which is going to be fun to watch.

Finally cut to one of my favorite scenes, and a fight which takes place in a hallway. These guys sure do seem to love to fight in hallways. But watching all four of them work with their own unique skills of ass-kickery makes it for some amazing Netflix TV.

I’m excited guys. I want this show to be amazing, especially after all the negatives from Iron Fist. Fortunately, I see a lot of good humor and a great chance for this show to ramp up the danger to our heroes. I’m happy to see these guys together, and see all the chemistry at work. I hope Iron Fist gets some good lines in, but only time will tell if it’s just the writing or maybe Finn Jones just wasn’t the best call. Prove me wrong Defenders, prove me wrong.

Marvel’s The Defenders is a Netflix original series which will launch globally on August 18, 2017.

Did Iron Fist let you down? Are you disappointed it’ll only be an 8 episode run for the series? Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below.

ABC Cancels Agent Carter

Despite positive critical reception and an outcry of love from fans, ABC has chosen to cancel the show. Originally intended to be a limited run, ABC decided to try at a second season for the show after incredible demand. Apparently the show did not pull in the viewership it expected, and has decided to pull the plug. Though ABC is still determined to keep moving along Agents of Shield and the upcoming spinoff, MARVEL’S Most Wanted. So Marvel fans will still have their fair share of heroes on primetime, and of course, Netflix.

As for Hayley Atwell, the show’s lead, she has been recently cast as the lead in the upcoming ABC procedural drama, Conviction. So Marvel fans and Atwell fans will have their fair share of shows on the horizon. Though it’s tough to see another show with a fantastic female lead fall to the waist side. I guess not all is lost, and Conviction is looking to be the next big primetime drama. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose.

EDIT: ABC has chosen not to move forward with Marvel’s Most Wanted


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