The Venom that we discovered in the eponymous film released in 2018 is not really the same as the one that was presented in the comics. Did you notice this huge physical difference compared to the paper version?
Venom: an antagonist turned hero of a film
Since Disney popularized the Expanded Universe formula with its MCU, many people want to build their own. Sony, the rights holder of Spider-Man, understood that there was a card to play by creating something around the character. This is how it was launched in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe featuring Venom as the first building block.
The film can count on Tom Hardy in the lead role. After facing Batman in The Dark Knight Rises he shines in a new project taken from comic books. The public discovers him in front of Ruben Fleischer’s camera as Eddie Brock, a journalist who decides to investigate the mysterious Life Foundation company. This is when he comes into contact with the symbiote, an alien entity that causes him to transform into Venom.
Despite negative feedback from the press, the film was a financial success. With $856 million won around the world, it legitimizes in Sony’s eyes their idea of building an extended universe. Except that when Venom’s fate, the affiliation with Spider-Man is intentionally eclipsed.
A revised and corrected character
When Venom is created in the comics, it first comes from Peter Parker. The latter is the target of the symbiote, which clings to him and causes him to transform into a version dark of Spider-Man. We were able to see it in the cinema in the last opus of the trilogy signed by Sam Raimi. But here, we had to find a subterfuge to review the origin story of the character because there was no question of evoking Spider-Man yet.
Eddie Brock was taken over, but he saw his story change significantly. Thus, if he remains a journalist, we no longer follow him during his investigation of a serial killer who leads him to sink to the dark side. The Life Foundation, therefore, serves as a motive to justify the transformation into Venom. However, you will have noticed that it is not exactly as we know it in the paper version because he does not have the famous white spider on his chest. As previously said, this iconic element was removed to avoid creating too obvious a connection with Spider-Man. Perhaps it will be picked up later since the Expanded Universe is now up and running for good.