Ok, I liked Venom.
The animation style was incredible, the voice acting superb, and the story was fantastic.
This is another one I missed in the theater because of migraines, and man I wish I’d seen it on the big screen, however, I also suspect the migraine from that one would have taken me out for days.
Again, I think it’s been out long enough that there doesn’t need to be much of a spoiler warning.
Miles Morales (woooo!!!!) was out graffiti-ing with his uncle, when he is bitten by a weird spider. He feels fine, except that he grows a couple of inches overnight, and suddenly things start sticking to his hands and he can’t get them to let go. After this he sees the Kingpin murder Spider-Man, and then he starts finding a bunch of other Spider-Mans (“Spider-Men?? Spiders-Man?”) He finds an older Peter Parker who is divorced from MJ, Spider Noir, Spider-Woman (Spider-Gwen), Penni Parker, and Spider-Ham.
It turns out that the Kingpin is trying to create a breach between dimensions so he can get back a version of his family. His wife, Vanessa, had taken their son and fled when they caught him trying to kill Spider-Man. The two of them were killed in a traffic accident as they fled.
Because the Green Goblin had held Spider-Man in the breach, it dragged in several other Spider-Mans, people, um, yeah… instead.
Miles’s story arc is incredible and heart-breaking. I really don’t want to give too much away, but it involves a fairly epic betrayal, and a sense of coming into a belief in himself and his Spider Powers.
The soundtrack is amazing.
Like I said, the voice acting is incredible, with some amazing talent involved. Shameik Moore does a fantastic job! Lily Tomlin as Aunt Mae, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, John Mullaney as Spider-Ham, for as little screen time as he has, steals every scene he’s in. Hailee Steinfeld is fantastic. Kimiko Glenn is so good! And Nick Cage is hilarious as Spider Noir.
I don’t really want to get too specific with this, because if you haven’t seen it, you should. I really hope we see more animated features like this from Marvel. It was fantastic, I highly approve. I encourage you to see it.
I do encourage you to watch the extras that come with the film. They are fantastic, listening to the cast and crew talk about how they created the comic book feel, and came to a lot of the artistic decisions they made. Plus hearing Nicholas Cage say, “Oh, I get it. You want me to go full Nick Cage. Got it.”
Ok, Next post I’ll address giving away the bracelet as I finally have it.
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