In addition to breaking records at the box office, Venom left behind some big unanswered questions. Despite critics' brutal reviews of Sony's spinoff about one of Spider-Man's most popular villains, citing that the film is more akin to a superhero film made 15 years ago, many fans had a blast watching the titular symbiote bond with reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and cause chaos all over San Francisco. While it's true that Venom is a bit of a mess, it's also a lot of fun to watch.
Director Ruben Fleischer's film draws many influences from Marvel Comics, specifically the "Lethal Protector" storyline, and it also has an eye on becoming a proper franchise by setting up Venom's adversary for the sequel. Venom not only introduces Eddie Brock and Venom (who is also voiced by Tom Hardy), but it also suitably sets up Eddie's supporting cast and villains. This includes other alien symbiotes brought to Earth by billionaire Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), who becomes bonded to the Big Bad symbiote called Riot. Venom and Eddie eventually have to foil Riot and Drake's attempt to bring even more symbiotes to Earth so they can invade and conquer the human race.
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Venom does explain the mechanics of how symbiotes bonding with humans works and its deadly after-effects, but the movie nevertheless generates some strange plot holes and inconsistencies. A number of aspects in the film don't quite add up or make sense, especially for moviegoers not fully versed in the Marvel source material. The answers to some of the questions Venom poses can be found in the comics, but let's look at the confusing questions the movie created.
Why Doesn't Carlton Drake Fight Climate Change Instead Of Look For Aliens?
In Venom, the Earth is in danger of becoming uninhabitable for humans thanks to climate change, reflecting urgent issues in the real world. Carlton Drake is well-aware of the crisis facing the planet and he even estimates that the Earth is only one generation away from becoming inhospitable for humans. But Drake also seems to hate humans for wrecking the environment. Nevertheless, Drake's solution is to launch spaceships into space. One encountered a comet containing symbiotes and they ended up bringing four of the aliens to Earth.
Now, Drake didn't know symbiotes existed, but once he acquired them, he planned to bond humans to the symbiotes so that as hybrids, both species can survive the impending environmental catastrophe. This plan is... not great; it begins with Drake needing to kidnap homeless people in San Francisco for lethal experiments of bonding the symbiotes to humans. Ultimately, Drake and Riot opt for a full-on invasion of Earth by symbiotes.
Much like Shane Black's The Predator, the climate change crisis is merely the backdrop to bring alien invaders to Earth to battle gun-toting humans. Neither film is particularly interested in addressing climate change or offering any solutions to the crisis within the context of their movie universes. In Venom, a man with Drake's resources could likely make real progress in dealing with this important issue, but instead, he preferred to be a supervillain.
Why Was Carlton Drake News But The Spaceship Crash Wasn't?
As a prominent TV reporter in San Francisco, Eddie Brock is assigned to do a profile on Carlton Drake. He is essentially asked to do a puff piece on the billionaire, but Brock suspects a man like Drake has to be hiding more than he lets on. By snooping in his lawyer fiancee Anne Weying's (Michelle Williams) email, he finds legal documents suggesting Drake has been subjecting people to experiments against their will. Eddie goes to the Life Foundation with a plan to ambush and expose Drake, but it backfires and it's Eddie who loses both his career and his relationship.
However, Eddie's interview happens after a Life Foundation spaceship crashed in Malaysia, which is the incident that kicks off the film. A space shuttle crash is big news but neither Eddie nor his news organization seemed particularly interested in reporting about it. Granted, the whole thing was supposed to be a puff piece to make Drake look good to help cover up the crash, but if Eddie was going to go off-script to expose Drake and the Life Foundation, the crash seems like a good starting point, especially because it doesn't rely on confidential information.
What Kind of Company Is The Life Foundation, Anyway?
It's also not really clear what kind of a company the Life Foundation is. They're obviously well-funded with a huge laboratory and headquarters in San Francisco Bay. They also employ an army of heavily-armed security personnel who spend much of the movie trying to hunt down Venom and getting slaughtered. But what are their corporate goals? When Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate), one of Carlton Drake's top scientists, clued Eddie Brock in on the Life Foundation's secret human/symbiote experiments, she said they were originally trying to cure cancer. This means the Life Foundation is a pharmaceutical research company of some sort - but one that also has a space program and owns an independent fleet of spaceships, complete with their own launch pad adjacent to their HQ in San Francisco Bay!
The Life Foundation of the comics was a bit simpler; it was a cabal of evil, wealthy people who planned their own Utopian society and created symbiotes spawned from Venom to protect it. In Venom, the Life Foundation, like Oscorp in the Spider-Man movies, just seems to be some sort of evil catch-all multinational corporation that has the resources for whatever the plot requires.
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