If there’s one things many in Spider-Man fandom have noticed when it comes to how Venom appears in… well, Venom, it’s that Eddie Brock doesn’t appear to have the trademark white spider symbol on his chest — the same white spider symbol that Peter Parker had with the black suit when he first received it during the Secret Wars way back when. But Venom director Ruben Fleischer provided an explanation for this omission.
At San Diego Comic-Con, when asked by IGN, Fleischer pointed out that, as far as this continuity is concerned, the symbiote has no association or origin with Spider-Man, so there would be no need for there to be a white spider symbol in the first place. After all, this is in Sony’s Marvel Universe, not the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Until shown otherwise, there’s no Peter Parker or Spider-Man here, so no point in Venom having a spider symbol he hasn’t been associated with yet. You can read Fleishcer’s explanation in the quote below:
“If you look at the comics, in Venom, there is just elements of white within his suit. Because our character does not originate from Spider-Man, it makes no sense to put a spider on his chest. We tried to be as accurate as we possibly could, even though some people feel it’s inaccurate, but there is a lot of white and we wanted to give him a distinctive pattern.”
More than that, Fleischer explained that the white markings and patterns were about more than just aesthetics and visuals:
“If you have an all-black character, especially in night scenes, he just kind of disappears. … Since we couldn’t use the Spider-Man symbol, we wanted to give him another graphic element, and those veins that kind of form a shape on his chest was an original idea that we just thought looked really cool.”
With this in mind, do you hope that Venom eventually gains the white spider symbol? Are you fine with Venom existing in its own world or do you hope to see him face off with Spider-Man at some point? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Scott Haze, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed, with Woody Harrelson.
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