Venom end credits scene explained: What is the link to Spiderman?

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Tom Hardy may want to avoid reviews for his latest film, 'Venom'. So much of this film feels like it was cynically designed by a committee of executives who don't understand why people like superhero movies; they just know people will pay to see them.

While chatting alongside Riz, his co-star quipped that perhaps they didn't make it in because "they weren't very good".

Hardy's character Eddie Brock is a scruffy crusading journalist, who moved from NY to San Francisco to be with Anne (Michelle Williams), his out-of-his-league fiancée. Six months later, a broke and alone Eddie has abandoned reporting for the solace of the bottom of a bottle, but when Life Foundation scientist Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate) contacts him with evidence that Drake is testing alien biology on poor and homeless subjects - merging them with "symbiotes" - he reluctantly agrees to see for himself.

Trying to find common ground between Venom while being chased by Drake and his men, Eddie Brock must find within himself the heart of a hero if he is to save the world. It bestows him with incredible powers, but as he soon learns, Venom expects to use Eddie's body for its own destructive purposes.

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And Bryan Bishop of the Verge said that Venom is "a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, freakish plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance".

The Symbiote costume bonds itself to its host, granting them superpowers like enhanced strength, speed and regenerative healing abilities.

Arad's arguments won out and Raimi was essentially forced to include Venom in Spider-Man 3, but in the finished film it's clear that Raimi's heart isn't in the Venom story at all. I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. When making any project, you always want more footage instead of less, so Hardy's comments from yesterday shouldn't have been automatically bad.

Director Ruben Fleischer has an eclectic resume that includes plenty of work in sitcoms, and in theory there's nothing wrong with bringing a lighter touch to the genre. This time it's an all-out attempt to make a darker Marvel character the center of his own film, superheroics be damned.

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"Venom is a byproduct of me wanting to draw a blue and red Spider-Man costume", McFarlane said. As much as he fights to be the dominant one, his performance is essentially rejected by Venom, in favor of storytelling choices that felt dated 15 years ago. Alas, that iteration went bust when Columbia Pictures/Sony obtained the rights and released Raimi's Spider-Man to acclaim and massive box office success in 2002.

If producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad have their way, the release of Venom this Friday will launch an entirely new Marvel film franchise - dubbed "Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters" - that will nearly exclusively feature characters, mostly villains or anti-heroes in nature, who have crossed paths at some point with Spider-Man.

But just before that deal went through, in 1997, a Venom movie was actually being developed at New Line Cinema.

And though initially it was believed that Tom Hardy's antihero would stand alone from those films and the Avengers continuity, more recent reports suggest they could cross paths on screen.

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