DOESN’T QUITE HAVE WHAT IT SNAKES, US, 105 MIN
Venom was briefly spotted in a secondary villain slot in Spider-Man 3 all the way back in 2007. Now this extraterrestrial megasymbiote is getting his own sub-franchise, kicking off an origin story in which he comes to occupy the body and mind of eccentric investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). Hardy finds an oddly endearing goofy quality in the character of Brock. Later, everything devolves into a bit of a slick, FX-driven shambles.