Of course, the ever-scrupulous Eddie can't contain himself from asking Dr Drake the hard questions and soon finds himself out of a job and kicked to the curb by his fiancée Anne, played by the toweringly talented Michelle Williams in an utterly thankless role.
During his visit to the Life Foundation, Eddie is infected with a symbiote of his own, a creature called Venom. Here, Eddie is portrayed as good-hearted, if something of a shifty oddball.
THR: A significant problem in a film full of them is that Eddie comes off as a dope, an eager dufus hardly convincing as a boundary-pushing journo or someone who can out-think a titan of technology. When making any project, you always want more footage instead of less, so Hardy's comments from yesterday shouldn't have been automatically bad. Tom Hardy gets that, and it is a testament to his talent that he manages to imbue his back-and-forth with a voice in his head and some CGI work with genuine charm and comic timing. "Hardy is always watchable, no matter the role, but there's so much to take in here that it nearly feels like he's putting on a one-man show".
Tom Hardy has already received the most important approval of all for his new role as Venom.
Still, Venom is an entertaining watch with plenty of light moments between Brock and Venom, the "loser" symbiote. "And I found that to be exciting because it is multi-personality; one is a human character and the other is an alien".
Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300.
Director Ruben Fleischer described this malarkey as a "grittier, grounded" version of Eddie Brock. Granted, there's a lot more talking than action in Venom, but this auto chase goes on for a while, as if it was meant to be what everyone would talk about on the way home, instead of something to forget. But it's still true. The ads for this film pronounce that "the world has enough superheroes", which is also true.
Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.
McCarthy wrote that Venom feels like a backslide for Marvel movies, a black sheep amongst the increasingly ambitious Marvel Cinematic Universe, "a poor second cousin to the all-stars that have reliably dominated the box-office charts for most of this century".