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Video: This Week in NerdNews – October 14, 2018

This Week in NerdNews  is a look at the Pop Culture events and Nerdy News from the previous week.

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Video+Story: Venom Movie Review

Venom is one of the more iconic and loved Spiderman villains. When it was announced Venom would be getting his own movie, fanboys world-wide rejoiced.

Then it was announced Spiderman would not be mentioned at all in the movie. Also, no symbol would appear on his chest. At this point I started to get worried. How can you have a Venom movie with absolutely no connection to Spiderman.

I still held out hope the movie would be well written and faithful to the character. Shortly into the movie, my hopes were dashed.

The origin of how and why Venom (and the other symbiotes) came to Earth was completely changed. I can get past that. They also based it in San Francisco. OK, Eddie Brock did spend some time in San Fran. I was getting tired of New York based super hero movies anyway. They also changed Venom’s personality and demeanor.

That is where I lost connection.

Venom is not a humorous character. It felt like Sony tried to steal a page out of Marvel’s book. They wanted to mix action and humor to get a blockbuster movie. I have no issues with that, but I feel Venom was not the character to drive the humor. It felt to me like the only thing related to Venom in the movie, was the title.

Talking to other audience members, I found I was in the minority on those views. I think if you watch Venom with no prior knowledge of the character, you will probably like the movie. If you go into the movie expecting to see a version of Venom similar to the comic books…. you might be disappointed.

I am usually able to suppress the fanboy in me and watch the movie objectively. I was not able to do that with Venom as they departed so drastically from the Venom I know from the comics. The movie is still on pace to break box office records for an October release. That along with the fact that the audience members we got reviews from all seemed to enjoy the movie, tells me Sony will likely go forward with their other Spiderman related movies.

I am crossing my fingers that Morbius doesn’t stray too far from the source material.

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Video+Story: TNTM – Marvel Studios Venom Movie starring Tom Hardy

Spider-man has many epic and iconic villains in his rogues gallery. Venom is undoubtedly one of the most popular.

Peter Parker got the black symbiote suit in Secret Wars #8. It took some time for him to figure out it was an alien lifeform. It had bonded with Peter’s mind and knew he wanted to be rid of the symbiote. This made it cling harder to Peter. It took some help from Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four and a sonic wave blasting gun to remove the symbiote.

The symbiote disguised itself as one of Peter’s normal red & blue suits and was able to bond to him again. This time Peter gets church bells to create enough sound to break the bond.

Feeling rejected, the symbiote searches for a new host and finds Eddie Brock. Eddie was about to commit suicide when the symbiote bonded with him. Bonding with Brock makes the symbiote turn more violent and aggressive. This is when the symbiote adopted the name of Venom. Eddie and the symbiote felt betrayed by Peter, so they set out to get revenge.

Venom has been an enemy and ally of Spider-man. Others have bonded with the symbiote: Deadpool, Superior Spider-man, and Flash Thompson to name a few. There have been other mutations of the symbiote too. Carnage is an offspring of the Venom symbiote. The Life Foundation extracted five seeds from the Venom symbiotes and created Scream, Riot, Phage, Agony, and Lasher. There have been many others, but these are the main ones.

Tom Hardy has been cast to play Venom in the movie adaption. He is a very good choice to play the unpredictable insanity that is Venom. We’re gonna see this one on opening night.

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