With comic books having very rich lore, it would make sense that every modern comic book film would be filled to the brim with references and easter eggs. Like always, Mr. Sunday Movies gives us a breakdown from the latest comic film to hit theaters, Venom.
Though Spider-Man isn’t connected or mentioned in the movie at all, the film manages to make some very subtle nods to the larger character. Eddie Brock mentions the Daily Globe, which is the rival paper of the Daily Bugle, and it’s mentioned that the Life Foundation wants to use the symbiotes to cure diseases like cancer. In the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, the symbiote was actually an artificial suit that was made to cure cancer, but it had the horrible side effect of turning corrupting the user i.e., Eddie Brock/Venom.
There’s also a bunch of subtle nods to the Venom comics here and there, and it’s worth noting that the symbiote has a preference for chocolate. In the comics, Venom eats chocolate so he won’t be so tempted to eat people. I mean, he still eats people, but he doesn’t need to so much after he eats chocolate.
I’ll be honest, Venom isn’t may favorite comic book movie of the year, but it manages to have some redeeming qualities. For one, the chemistry between Eddie and the symbiote is very fun to watch, and Venom coming to life is a very visual treat.
If only the film could come up with a better story (and a better wig for Woody Harrelson).
Catch Venom in theaters today.