The main character of “Venom” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” has an amazing peculiarity: his never-satisfied desire for chocolate. Why does the Marvel Universe symbiote love it so much?
Venom : Tom Hardy takes the reins
In 2018, Sony decides to produce a spin-off of the saga Spiderman centered on Venom. For the occasion, the studio hires filmmaker Ruben Fleischer behind the camera. Tom Hardy is in charge of playing Eddie Brock on the screen. Venom is a long-standing project. Initially, Sony had planned to release a spin-off on this famous antagonist shortly after the release of Spider-Man 3. At the time, it was Topher Grace who played the character. But the project never materialized and Sony preferred to reboot (twice) the saga Spiderman.
We must therefore wait until 2018, and Tom Hardy’s insistence that the film finally sees the light of day. Unfortunately, the film got destroyed by professional critics. The feature film is very poorly received. In particular because of its PG-13 classification which does not suit the universe of the Marvel symbiote. Despite these disastrous returns, Venom grosses over $ 856 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 100 million). What to satisfy Sony in its idea since the studio produced Venom: Let There Be Carnage, still under the PG-13 ban.
Why is the symbiote addicted to chocolate?
In the comics, the character was created in 1984 by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, during the huge crossover Secret Wars. It is Spider-Man who crosses his path for the first time. After the end of Secret Wars, Venom lands on Earth and takes possession of Eddie Brock. The character was born, and will become one of Peter Parker’s worst enemies.
In the film, as in the comics, the powerful symbiote needs to feed on human brains to survive. Obviously, in the work of Ruben Fleischer, Eddie Brock imposes limits on Venom, and refuses that the latter feeds on human brains. There is thus an alternative for the famous symbiote: chocolate. At the end of the film, Venom reveals to Eddie Brock that he can also feed on chocolate to replace human brains. An element that is further explored in Let There Be Carnage. And Venom’s craving for chocolate comes from the comics.
What is a simple nod in Venom, is actually a much deeper reference to comics, and science. Indeed, in the comics, the authors explain that the symbiote can feed exclusively on chocolate because this food contains phenylethylamine, a stimulating molecule, also present in the human brain.
In the comics Spider-Man # 333, Venom throws himself violently at Spider-Man screaming “We want to eat your brain”. A line of dialogue that has become cult, regularly appeared in the different stories of the symbiote, but also in Ruben Fleischer’s film. In 1996, in the comics Hunger, the authors offer an alternative to the symbiote: chocolate. It is in this comics that the chocolate trail is studied for the first time, before becoming a recurring staple in late 1990s comics. So when Venom becomes more of an antihero than a supervillain, the character trades human brains for chocolate.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage hits theaters this Wednesday, October 20, 2021.