Announced as part of Sony’s expanded ‘Spider-Man’ universe, ‘Venom‘ starring the alien symbiote villain/anti-hero is slated to be written and directed by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ But will the villain live up to the darkness that defines the character in comics?
In the comics, the darkness of the character has fluctuated, with him becoming almost an anti-hero when a new symbiote, Carnage arrived and merged with a serial killer, Cletus Cassiday. A serial killer, compared to Venom, who merged with a jealous reporter, Eddie Brock suddenly forced Venom to join forces with his archenemy Spider-Man to oppose him.
Spider-Man originally found the Venom symbiote while he was on an alien world along with several other heroes and villains and found his suit torn to shreds. He thought when he found Venom it was just new clothes that gave him extra powers, so he kept wearing it, until it bonded with him.
I have no idea how you make a movie starring a villain. You can’t really go too dark unless it’s a horror movie. But you don’t want to lighten him up too much.
Kurtzman has a new show coming out this fall on CBS called ‘Scorpion’ and at an event for the show, the writer/producer/director briefly commented on ‘Venom’:
“The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man. Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character.”
By the way, Carnage is also in the movie, so that could balance Venom out. No word on whether (a) Spider-Man will play a part, but the movie is still a few years off.
How dark should the movie go? Can you see a rated R super hero/anti-hero/villain movie? Do you think that would work?