Today, the social media embargo was lifted on reactions to Sony’s Venom premiere and reviews for the film have been largely underwhelming to date. However, Buzzfeed reports that a number of Venom supporters are accusing Lady Gaga fans of spreading negative reviews as part of an effort to support the singer and actresses upcoming film A Star Is Born, which is set to open opposite the Sony anti-hero film this weekend.
Venom and A Star Is Born will go head-to-head this weekend but while Sony’s first installment of the studio’s planned cinematic universe has negative reviews thus far, the Lady Gaga film has earned praise from critics since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Now, some of the early negative posts lambasting Venom and suggesting that audiences see A Star Is Born instead are being pegged as a concerted effort to support the latter film, which one Lady Gaga fan account reportedly confirmed to Buzzfeed.
Beware of fake #Venom movie reviews. There are people trying to promote Lady Gaga's #AStarIsBorn and are fabricating negative reviews. Look out for bots and only trust proper and regular reviewers. pic.twitter.com/v9xznuN5R7
— Marvel Mania™ (@marvel_maniac_) October 2, 2018
— Atomic (@AtomicSpidey) October 2, 2018
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Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, granting him powers and transforming him into the titular anti-hero.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.