Why Was Anne Fine After Bonding With Venom?
Venom does get gruesome in depicting the effects of a symbiote bonding with a human. The symbiote needs to feed so it attacks the human's organs unless the human can supply it with raw meat (later, Venom is able to substitute tater tots and chocolate to control his desire for human flesh). The moments of an out-of-control Eddie gorging himself on old chicken from a trash bin and sitting in a restaurant lobster tank eating live lobsters are some of the most memorably hilarious in the film.
After Eddie has separated from Venom thanks to his "Kryptonite," sonic attacks, Brock is captured by the Life Foundation. Venom then bonds with Anne Weying and together they go rescue Eddie as She-Venom. Yet despite everyone fans saw suffering grotesquely from being bonded with a symbiote, including Eddie himself, Anne seemed perfectly fine and showed no after-effects from her time possessed by Venom. The symbiote didn't attack her organs or end up killing her. Maybe en route to saving Eddie, Anne was able to feed Venom to keep him satisfied while they were together. Or maybe, Venom didn't brutalize his temporary host because admitted he "likes" Anne.
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How Can Eddie Brock Have A Secret Identity?
Eddie and Venom formed a pact at the end of the film: they'd stay together as a team but Venom can't kill humans (unless they're really bad people). This means occasional murder will be part of their method of operation as "lethal protector" of San Francisco. But how can Eddie maintain a secret identity at all?
All throughout Venom, Eddie was seen in public leading car chases and morphing into Venom in full view of people - who all have smartphones and must have recorded the spectacle of a monster on the city streets. Eddie was also spotted by his security guard friend trying to break into their TV news building. Not to mention that Venom left a pile of dead bodies in Eddie's apartment when the Life Foundation attacked them - with Eddie's musician next door neighbor as a witness to the carnage. This is all compounded by the fact that Eddie was already a locally famous news personality even before he became part-monster. Not only should it be impossible for Eddie/Venom to maintain a secret identity, but Brock should also be in jail, not back working as a reporter as if nothing ever happened.
Is Venom Part Of The MCU Or Spider-Verse, After All?
The big question for the Venom franchise is whether it will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Venom is very much a standalone movie that sets up its own sequels in the mid-credits scene, which introduces Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who will become infected with a symbiote and become Carnage. However, Venom was also careful not to contradict anything in the MCU, keeping the possibility open that the film could be folded into the MCU at some point in the future. If that were to eventually become the case, it's possible Venom could share the city with the San Francisco-based Ant-Man and the events of the film may have happened before Thanos' finger snap.
While there is no mention of Spider-Man in Venom (despite pre-release rumors of a Tom Holland cameo), the film does include John Jameson, who is the son of J. Jonah Jameson. It also mentions the Daily Globe, which is a reference to the New York newspaper Eddie Brock once worked for in the comics. Neither J. Jonah Jameson nor the Daily Globe have been mentioned in the MCU but Jameson is in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Astronaut John Jameson (Daniel Gillies) was J. Jonah Jameson's (J.K. Simmons) son and the boyfriend of Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) in Spider-Man 2. While it's very unlikely Venom is set in the universe of Sam Raimi's trilogy, it currently has more ties to those films than it does to the MCU.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018