The first Venom reactions are now online. The initial idea for a feature-length film based on the iconic comic book character (not the alien suit), created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, was suggested way back in the late-1990s. Unfortunately, despite a number of people being involved with the project since it was first proposed, New Line Cinema never got the movie off the ground. It wasn’t until Sony Pictures squeezed Venom into Spider-Man 3 that fans finally got a live-action adaptation of the villain-turned-anti-hero.
Producer Avi Arad was responsible for Venom’s inclusion in Sam Raimi’s third and final Spider-Man movie. While he wanted to spinoff the character into a standalone movie in the late-2000s, it wasn’t until recently that things finally started to fall into place. And now, Ruben Fleischer’s live-action Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy as the eponymous character, with a script by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel, is releasing in theaters this week. It’s the first installment in Sony’s new Marvel universe, which happens to be comprised entirely of Spider-Man villains, but the question is, does it live up to the hype?