This year has seen the release of several comic book movies. T’Challa defended his kingdom against Killmonger in Black Panther, Thanos took on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, the Merc with a Mouth met new friends in Deadpool 2, and the world’s smallest heroes joined forces in Ant-Man and The Wasp. The latest movie is Sony’s Venom, which intends to kick off a new franchise composed of the studio’s Marvel characters.
Despite making a lot of money, Venom has been trashed by critics, receiving a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 35 on Metacritic. These are the worst reviews of any comic book movie that came out this year.
But today, in our 100% serious opinion piece, we’re here to argue why Venom is not only an underrated masterpiece, but is the best comic book movie of 2018.
Compelling Character Drama
Few comic book movies handle character development so gracefully than Venom. The dynamic between Eddie Brock and the Symbiote is incredibly perfect. The MCU wishes it could create chemistry this good. Brock is a multi-layered, relatable character who is undeniably the hero of the story. But he is just the cherry on top. Carlton Drake is a truly compelling villain with fully fleshed-out motivations, while Dr. Dora Skirth plays an integral role in the movie’s story. Really, every character is great, and other superhero movies need to take notes.
Superhero movies always strive for good writing, but Venom takes the cake. The “turd in the wind” line is a stroke of genius on Sony’s part. It and other jokes inject humor into an otherwise dark story. The film also makes bold character choices, like having Brock eat a live lobster and make out with She-Venom. The story itself is really fascinating and totally does not have any plot holes at all. Needless to say, if Venom doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Academy needs to shut down.
Groundbreaking Visual Effects
Venom features CGI unlike any other comic book movie in history. The Symbiotes are a creation so flawless, and seeing Venom and Riot fight in the climatic battle is just beautiful. The CGI is so good, it almost looks real. I was this close to believing that a Symbiote can actually exist in the real world and tell me to eat tater tots. Movie magic, am I right?
A Truly Terrifying Experience
Venom made its horror influences clear early on, and the final film really shows. The movie doesn’t hold back in showing Venom bite peoples’ heads off, and the sight is truly terrifying. I mean, a giant black and white alien with massive teeth and a huge tongue talking to you? That guarantees nightmares for years. Venom ups the scary factor in a way no other comic book movie has. Your move, The New Mutants.
Sony ALWAYS Makes Great Comic Book Movies
Venom continues Sony’s flawless track record with Marvel-based movies. The Ghost Rider movies were outstanding, while Spider-Man 3 was the best of its trilogy. And let’s not forget how perfect The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was. Clearly, Sony doesn’t need Marvel Studios to make good movies, so the studio decided to venture outside of that deal and keep making good movies. Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, and Venom 2: Maximum Carnage are bound to be instant classics.
Before You Go…
In case you couldn’t tell, we are 100% serious with this post, and it totally isn’t a satire piece at all.
To prove that, we have an EXCLUSIVE
first look at the trailer for Sony’s Venom vs. Spider-Man
crossover movie, which is set to hit theaters in 2020. You can click HERE
to watch the footage.
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