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Villain Overview
WE... are Venom.
~ Eddie Brock and Venom's most famous quote.

Edward "Eddie" Brock, also known as Venom, is the titular protagonist anti-hero of the 2018 superhero film of the same name.

He was portrayed and voiced by Tom Hardy, who also portrayed Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and John Fitzgerald in The Revenant.


Biography

Eddie started off as an investigative journalist who's doing a report on a company call Life Foundation, whose CEO Carlton Drake has found living symbiotes in a comet and have been performing illegal experiments on homeless civilians. However, a certain detailing of the experiments leads Brock to be ultimately fired, resulting a fallout with his girlfriend Anne Weying, who happens to an attorney.

Six months later, Brock receives help from a disgruntled scientist (who is disgusted by Drake's experiment) to expose Drake's crimes. Unfortunately, one of the human hosts attacked Brock, resulting the symbiote to bond with him and become Venom while the scientist ends up being killed by Drake. Because of this event, Brock is hunted down by mercenaries sent in by Drake, and finds himself in conflict with the symbiote, who explains that the other symbiotes are searching for new world in order to devour lifeforms to survive, and offers to help out Brock in return for his cooperation. Though Brock seems to enjoy his new powers, he is upset to hear that Venom was eating his heart because Eddie wasn't eating much in awhile, so Anne Weying is forced to use an MRI machine to separate himself from the symbiote, although he is captured by Drake's mercenaries minutes later.

A separate symbiote named Riot bonds with Drake, who agrees to help Riot seek out the other symbiotes in space. Fortunately, Anne reluctantly bonds with the Venom symbiote, allowing it to free Brock before being convinced by him to stop Drake and Riot from achieving their goal. To that end, Venom manages to damage the ship's probe, causing an explosion that kills both Drake and Riot. As Eddie receives his job back, he allowed Venom to stay in his body under the condition that Venom only kills "bad guys". Venom agrees and begins by devouring a thug robbing a grocery store.

Eddie is last seen visiting a state prison as he is about to do an interview with a dangerous convict named Cletus Kasady.

Personality

Eddie Brock

Similar to his original counterpart, Eddie is trying to excel in journalism. However, unlike his original counterpart (who happens to be somewhat wrathful in nature), Eddie tries to be more civil as he tends to avoid causing any trouble with the authorities. He is also more civil with Anne due to their friendship; even after their breakup and learning that she's going out with another man, Eddie decided that it would be better not to interfere with Anne's new relationship.

When being bonded with the Venom symbiote, Eddie seems to be very uncomfortable in becoming its host body as it made him go on the run from the law. However, he seems to appreciate his new abilities, even convincing the symbiote that they would just use the power only to take down criminals instead of hurting innocent people; even the symbiote agreed to this as it admitted that it was treated as a 'loser' in its home planet.

Venom Symbiote

The Venom symbiote was originally malicious and controlling being that worked for Riot in wreaking havoc and conquering planets with life where their current target being Earth. His controlling side best displayed through their early interactions with Eddie and how he caused his host troubles. He also enjoys combat and bloodshed, and has a sadistic sense of humor to boot, a trait that he retained even after befriended Eddie.

Even so, Venom is not without redeeming qualities, as through his time with Eddie, he grew to appreciate humanity and developed soft spot for his host and Anne; even agreeing with Eddie that they should only kill criminals instead of innocent people. In contrast to Riot who treated his hosts as disposable battery, Venom cares to Eddie in spite of initially for his own survival. This was shown where he frantically told Eddie that he will fix his organs he just feed on when Eddie learned his parasitic nature and later, leaving Anne unharmed from his possession on her as they join forces to save Eddie from being killed by Drake's goons (though Anne was nevertheless horrified by Venom eating the said goons' heads through her). Venom also had an insecure side, as when telling Eddie how he had a change of heart, he told the man how he was treated like a loser and sees much of himself in Eddie, which eventually allow him to stand up against Riot by the climax of the film.

Quotes

I'm Eddie Brock. I'm a reporter. Now I always seem to find myself questioning something the government may not be looking at, but I found something really bad... and I have been taken.
~ Eddie Brock.
If you come in here again- In fact, if you go anywhere in this city, preying on innocent people and we will find you. And eat both your arms and then both of your legs and then we will eat your face right off your head, do you understand? Yes, so you will be this armless, legless, faceless thing, won't you? Rolling down the street like a turd in the wind. Do you feel me?
~ Venom threatening the store thug before devouring him.
Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks, so little time.
~ Venom to one of Drake's mercenaries.
Eddie: What the hell are you?

Venom: I am Venom and you are mine. Eddie: You bit somebodies' head off? Venom: Fuel in the tank. Listen closely Eddie. You did not find us, we found you. Think of yourself as my ride. Eddie: Where are you going? Venom: We need Carlton Drake's rocket. You remember him? Eddie: How did you know about that? Venom: I know everything, Eddie. Eddie: You know? Venom: Everything about you Eddie: How? Venom: I am inside your head. You are a loser, Eddie. Eddie: You're gonna eat somebody else? Venom: Most likely. Eddie: Ah god. Venom: That is why we are here. Cooperate and you might just survive. That is the deal.

~ Eddie and Venom conversing for the first time.
Eddie: Damn It! What the hell happened there?! We just left Anne!

Venom: It is not safe for her. If we do not stop Riot, he will come back here with millions more of my kind. Eddie: Millions? What? You were gonna... You were gonna take the rocket and you're coming back with an invasion force, you are going to feed the whole planet? Venom: Yes! But it is different now, Eddie. I have decided to stay. Eddie: Whoa. Venom: On my planet, I am kind of a loser like you. But here, we could be more. Eddie: Excuse me? Venom: And I am getting to like it here. Eddie: Oh you like this now, do you huh? Venom: However, there will be nothing to like if we do not stop that rocket. Eddie: Oh, I see. Great! When it comes to completely annihilated, then it's back to we. Venom: It is we. Like or not, it's gonna take both of us. Eddie: Cut the bulls**t. what really made you to change your mind? Venom: You.

~ Venom leaves Anne behind and prepares to fight Riot.
(SWAT: HANDS!!! ON THE GROUND NOW!!) Eddie: Guys. You do not want to do this. Trust me. (SWAT: MASK!!!) (Other SWAT: Copy!) Eddie: Alright. Have it your way. Mask!(Venom: Copy!)
~ Eddie and the SWAT team before Venom takes over and fights them.

Trivia

  • Venom does not like being called a "parasite", even if it is by Eddie (as they are arguing with this at the end of the film). He likely considers it a racist term.
  • It was also shown that Venom did like Anne and care about her; this could be one of the reasons why Venom didn't kill her while re-swapping into Eddie (which is weird as a symbiote would have to kill its host if he/she wasn't suitable to their nature or when swapping to another host).
    • It is implied that Venom may want a romantic relationship with Anne. After fighting with the SWAT team, when Anne asked Eddie to go to the hospital while the latter didn't want to do so, Venom suggested to Eddie to get in the car because he "likes" her. Another piece of evidence was after the battle with Riot, a survivor Venom tells Eddie that Anne doesn't know they are going to to steal her back.
  • This is the second live-action cinematic incarnation of Venom, the first being Topher Grace's portrayal.
    • Ironically, while Topher Grace's portrayal was disliked by the fans, Hardy's portrayal had received more critical acclaim. Also, Topher's Eddie Brock was shown to like being evil, which doesn't fit the original comic's counterpart; Hardy's Brock was more fit to Venom's anti-hero/anti-villain side, and the appearance and personality are more fit to the comic's counterpart.
      • For the same reasons, Topher Grace himself greatly approved Hardy's portrayal.
  • The notable difference between Hardy's Venom and his comic's counterpart are the symbiote never met Spider-Man, which explained why Venom lacked spider pattern on his chest. Also, Hardy's Venom not biologically related with Riot, the symbiote antagonist in the movie.
  • According to Venom, on his planet he was a loser just like Eddie, which is one of the reasons for his attachment particularly to him.
    • This partly a nod to his comic book counterpart that considered as an outcast among its kind because it wanted to form a bond with its hosts that benefited both parties when their species is usually purely parasitic.
  • The line "Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks, so little time." was a reference to Venom's dialogue from The Amazing Spider-Man #374 .

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