So often in the Marvel/DC worlds we see characters that are morally immovable. They know what is good, they fight for good, they do good, they conquer the bad, and more often than not the movies are pretty average. What really makes for an interesting hero (comic-book or otherwise) is their juggling between dark and light, their blurring of the lines and their interpretation of what is ‘just.’
From the second trailer for Venom, it’s looking like Tom Hardy’s portrayal will walk that tightrope of evil and virtuous like a god-damned pro. Here we see Eddie Brock (Hardy) initially reject and then embrace the powers of the symbiote which has embedded itself in him, in what is shaping up to be a see-sawing battle of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ within the character himself.
Of course there’s a little bit of damp Hollywood humour included but (compared to other Marvel films like the early X-Men, Spiderman and Captain America) director Ruben Fleischer has opted for a more of psychological-drama than a superhero victory lap, which is well suited to the comic and cartoon history of the character.
In all its slimey, spikey glory, Venom will be hitting cinemas around the globe in October.