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Venom: First Reactions Tell Us We’re Going to Be Disappointed

by Danny Zepeda | October 3, 2018October 3, 2018 1:30 pm EDT

The world premiere for Venom was held earlier this week, and the first reactions are in. Needless to say, it looks like we’re going to be in for a major disappointment.

Many of the premiere audience took to Twitter to post their first reactions and while some viewers were positive, most were lukewarm to outright negative. Most pointed to the disjointed nature of the movie, specifically the odd relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom.

Probably the most damning critique of the movie is its overall lack of quality. It seems like a pre-MCU movie with its disjointed narrative, off plot beats and unspectacular CGI work similar to Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, Ang Lee’s Hulk and even Halle Berry’s Catwoman. Ouch.

The negative reception to Venom didn’t come out of nowhere. Early trailers for the movie did not inspire confidence, especially with lines like “turd in the wind.” Then there’s the fact that reviews for the movie are still embargoed by Sony even though it’s only days away from opening, which is usually the kiss of death to any movie that isn’t good. Studios try to hide the negative reception just before the opening weekend so as not to affect the box office take.

We’ll see what critics think of the movie when the reviews start coming out later this week but it’s looking like Sony’s much anticipated Marvel universe is going to get off to a rocky start.

Venom opens Friday.


Danny Zepeda

Danny's first introduction to fandom was rewatching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS everyday during fifth grade until he moved on to all