Not long ago, Eddie Brock was the biggest name in San Francisco TV news. But then he disobeyed his boss, and his popular show – the hard-hitting Eddie Brock Report – was cancelled. Brock was fired.
Now he can’t find a job, even though everyone at the local bar recognizes his face.
“Aren't you Eddie Brock?” a patron asks.
Yes, he is, but name recognition alone doesn’t pay the bills.
Then Brock gets a break. A scientist from the Life Foundation research company contacts him, alleging that her CEO – a crooked guy named Riz Ahmed – is conducting deadly experiments on clueless human patients. She wants to expose him. The research involves injecting an alien life form into the person and then monitoring them for reaction. Some die, others wither in pain. The story gets even crazier: The CEO wants to create a new species of alien-human hybrids that can survive in outer space.
Brock isn't sure what he can do to help, but that's okay. He’s searching for the truth. He even enters the building at night to conduct an investigation, taking mental notes and pictures, too. That’s when the unthinkable happens. Brock accidentally gets infected by the alien life form (called a "symbiote"). Yet he doesn't die, instead, he's transformed into a powerful human-hybrid thing. He eats raw lobster, climbs buildings, and sometimes, he looks like a large, grotesque lizard. The movie Venom (PG-13) opens this weekend, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Brock, Riz Ahmed (Rogue One) as Drake, and Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman) as Brock’s girlfriend, Anne Weying.
It's a spinoff from the Sony Spider-Man franchise and is based on the Marvel character of the same name.
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