The best thing about comic books is that writers/publishers have years, decades, shit, centuries to spend time on character development. This is why many heroes spend time as villains and vice versa. To comic fans, the idea of a Venom feature film makes a whole ton of sense, but to the average viewer, it’s confusing as all hell. How can one of Spider-Man’s arch nemeses be the hero of his own film? This was the biggest question mark surrounding Columbia Pictures’ Venom (in theaters Oct. 5, 2018), an offshoot of their Spider-Man films that will feature Tom Hardy as the title character, also known as Eddie Brock. If Venom is the protagonist, who will be the antagonist? The obvious answer has been confirmed in an article over at THR: Cletus Kasady… aka CARNAGE!
This is just the tip of the iceberg as Sony is spinning a web around a new Spider-Man universe. With Spider-Man Homecoming‘s villain being Vulture (Michael Keaton), the studio is focusing on several spinoffs including Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, not to mention the already announced Silver & Black, featuring characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.
The idea, says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately, as they had been trying with Spider-Man villain ensemble Sinister Six, which has been shelved. Yes, Sony has gone back to the drawing board and is slowly revisiting their intentions to create the Sinister Six!
Carnage was created by writer David Michelinie and artists Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley, based on elements of the precursor character Venom, explains Wiki. Along with Venom, the character belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes. “Cletus Kasady is a psychopath and a homicidal sadist. He is a deeply disturbed individual with a dark past: as a child, he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a flight of stairs, tried to murder his mother by throwing a hair dryer into her bathtub, and tortured and killed his mother’s dog, with a drill. After the latter, his mother then tried to kill Cletus and was apparently beaten to the brink of death by Kasady’s father, who received no defense from Kasady during the trial.
“Cletus Kasady became a serial killer. He was then captured and sent to Ryker’s Island prison for 11 murders—though he bragged about killing a dozen more—where he shared a cell with Eddie Brock, the host of the alien symbiote that turns into the supervillain Venom. When Brock’s symbiote soon returned to be bonded again, allowing Venom to escape prison, the symbiote unknowingly left its offspring in the cell; due to its alien mindset, the symbiote felt no emotional attachment to its offspring, regarding it as insignificant, and thus never communicated its existence to Brock via their telepathic link. The new symbiote then bonded with Kasady, transforming him into Carnage.”
Spider-Man was forced to offer a truce to Venom in order to stop Carnage. While Spider-Man doesn’t appear to be part of the feature film adaptaton, it’s likely this is the same staging for the film’s arc. More soon.
Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing Venom, which shoots this fall for release in October of 2018.