Venom Review: We All Need a Terrible Superhero Film Every Once in a While

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Venom Review: We All Need a Terrible Superhero Film Every Once in a While

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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or most of today’s movie-going audiences, their first brush with superhero films was 2002’s Spiderman. It was the genre’s first bonafide blockbuster, and it spawned two sequels as well as indirectly led to the rise of the Marvel-worshipping culture we now live in – where today’s schoolkids think Iron Man is Tony Stark, not Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The original Spiderman trilogy drew to a close in 2007 with a disappointing third instalment that featured the webslinger’s greatest nemesis, Venom as the antagonist. So naturally, comic book fans were excited that Venom was returning to screens with a standalone film of his own, over a decade after his last appearance.

It wasn’t worth the wait.

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