Why Spider-Man 3’s Venom Didn’t Need to Be a Joke

Why Spider-Man 3’s Venom Didn’t Need to Be a Joke
By now, Marvel’s Venom is principally associated with Tom Hardy’s hulking symbiotic anti-hero movie protagonist. While lacking comic rival Spider-Man, the 2018 film delivered an exponential bang for studio Sony’s buck with an $856 million global gross, yielding imminently-arriving sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. However, with Spider-Man: No Way Home set to conjure a cavalcade of villains from past iterations, the notorious first live-action version of Venom, as played by Topher Grace, has entered the speculative conversation—albeit humorously. Yet, the character’s punchline status could have been avoided.

Of course, said conversation on prospective returnees for Spider-Man: No Way Home is, naturally, dominated by speculation that current star Tom Holland will be joined onscreen by former Wall-Crawlers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The notion is abundantly boosted by the film’s now-confirmed multiverse plot, which will bring about the return of some of their onscreen rivals, notably
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