To anyone expecting this to be a page about biting or stinging insects in movies, sorry, Dindrane. And to anyone thinking this is one of the myriad other films that have been titled “Venom,” well, sorry again.
No, we’re talking everybody’s favorite black goo. Yes, even more popular than the black goo that gave us The Beverly Hillbillies, it’s the alien symbiote known as Venom. Now that Sony actually appears to be trying to spin this off from Spider-Man into its own film, I thought it might be prudent to give you a quick rundown on how we got here. After all, the Venom project is the one that I consistently bring up at conventions to impress upon people that comic book publishers and movie studios don’t always think things through. Because how do you create a movie about Venom in which Spider-Man cannot be mentioned at all?
(Sidebar: I used the Spi-Dog Venom image because all the Venom pics I could find were very boring.)