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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.

NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 TEASER

Two words: Baby. Groot.

We have just been treated with a brand new teaser trailer from the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and boy is it fun. There’s so much fantastic Rocket Racoon and Baby Groot action, and it’s totally irresistible. It’s really difficult to the deny the tiny, adorable badass that is Baby Groot. Aside from the miniature, lovable arbor we see a whole lot of action bundled up with the iconic humor we can to love in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is set to release May 5th 2017 so it maybe a little while before we see a full trailer, but keep your eyes peeled. There’s also no indication of The Avengers just yet, but with Infinity War on the horizon something is bound to happen.


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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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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS DOCTOR STRANGE

Elodie Yung is ELEKTRA in Daredevil Season Two

by Joey Pedras

We have our Elektra! Coming on for the second season of the Netflix original hit, Elodie Yung (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is coming on as Elektra Natchios. The actress, known for her intensive action/combat roles, is the ideal candidate for the scarlet swordswoman. Joining Jon Bernthal who will be playing The Punisher in the upcoming season.

Seems like things are going to get pretty intense in Hell’s Kitchen next year.

(Source: IGN)