Solo Venom movie, this makes no sense

A Venom movie...

With the unprecedented success of Marvel's big comic book team up movie, The Avengers, its no wonder other studios are clamoring to make the same movie magic happen for them. We have heard many reports that Warner Brothers/DC will be pushing up production for a Justice League movie (and solo hero movies to lead in) and now Sony seems to want to build out the Spider-Man universe. Here is what Avi Arad had to say:

“What I’m trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday.

“It’s an Eddie Brock story. We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock’s story. But again, pseudo-science is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie.

“He was a journalist. He had the wrong story, he got in trouble for it, he got fired. The whole essence to us for the Marvel characters. Stay close to the bible, stay close to the emotional story, and the rest is fun.”

Well Avi that's all fine and good but I think you are missing the ultimate point of building out your universe. While Venom is a great character and I would love to see him on screen done correctly this doesn't really make much sense. First off, how would you create Venom without Spider-Man as a central player? You can't have an Eddie Brock story without Peter Parker. The two characters are so entwined. The symbiote's story literally starts with Spider-Man, are they planning on ignoring that fact? The notion of talking about making an anti-hero movie is very cool. However, in the world of comic books this is really difficult. While I would love to watch a movie just about The Joker and his antics most people would not. The Joker is nothing without Batman. To have a character be on screen who's main adversary is a hero as iconic as Spider-Man would not work well. You would be essentially making Spider-Man the villain when he was just the hero in The Amazing Spider-Man, that makes no sense to me.

If they want to make Venom apart of the rebooted Spider-Man universe just give him a proper introduction and make him work with Spider-Man from time to time as he does in the comics. Trying to shoe horn him in as some kind of half ass hero way will turn out confusing to most movie goers. None of Spidey's villains need their own movie, just give us The Amazing Spider-Man with the Lizard, and let the sequels build to Spider-Man taking on the Sinister Six. That's how you expand the universe, properly. We don't need Sony to do a hero team up...a villain team up is what we want to see in the Spider-Man universe. In order to capture that magic that The Avengers had you need to be bold and different. Having your hero take on six amazing villains would be very bold indeed.

My final plea for The Amazing Spider-Man

When the initial news hit the internet that Sony would no long keep the money train going with Sam Raimi but instead reboot the Spider-Man movie series fan boys went ballistic! If we were in Victorian times I pretty sure they would rolled out the guillotine at the time. As time went on and a director and star were chosen the madness escalated and it appeared that fans had forgotten about the flaws of the Raimi films. Were we so clouded by our sheer hatred for change that we couldn't even give these new guys a chance? "Its to soon," was the battle cry of the anti-Spidey-reboot brigade. However, at the same time they enjoyed in mass the reboot of Batman by Christopher Nolan. Why wasn't it too soon for that franchise to get a reboot? The difference between reboot time frames was only 3 years, surely not enough for the internet fan boys to lose their collective minds over, right? So fast forward to the first teaser trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. All we get to see is some heavily digital work showing our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in a first person perspective. We get a glimpse of him in the last frame, enough to get our movie lizard brains squirming. While I realized the intent of the teaser, to make the reveal of Spidey as mysterious as possible, but most of the fan boys found it to be lackluster, and I certainly get that.

So we get little bits of behind the scenes shots of the movie, some casting news, and now we are on a roll. Fans love Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans addition to the cast and we get the first news that the villain would be The Lizard. Fans were fine with this and we moved on. The notion that the Raimi films were untouchable has gone away or at least slowed. We get a full trailer and some back story is flushed out. A little bit of excitement starts to shine through on The Amazing Spider-Man. Then we get the latest trailer. One that I think puts the movie in the must see category:

So that for me was it but it might still not be enough. The fever pitch was high and Spidey was riding the wave. Come July 3rd he was the hero to see until a little known movie called The Avengers hit theaters. A comic book movie so good that it sucked all the air out of the room for other comic films this summer. I have even heard people say they aren't excited for The Dark Knight Rises after seeing The Avengers...BLASPHEMY! However, now that we are in week four for the Avengers and Spidey and Batman are on the horizon how can you not be psyched! Take a look at the latest TV spot for Spidey and tell me that the web swinging in the beginning is absolutely badass. If this movie isn't getting your summer block buster meter going then check your pulse, you might be dead.

The level of arrogance, web swinging, and perspective shooting is setting up Spider-Man to be the second major comic book movie hit of the summer. Final word: The Raimi movies had heart but were totally campy. These movies seems to have some soul and bad ass fun. This is the Spidey style we have been waiting for. July 3rd can't come fast enough.

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