Venom: New Image Confirms Standalone Movie’s Villains

What do Eddie Brock’s notes reveal?

Earlier today, we debuted an exclusive new image from the Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and slated for release this October. The photo shows Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock and holding a notebook that, if you flip the image upside down and zoom in, reveals some plot details about the Sony-Marvel movie (which is a standalone film that’s not expected to include Tom Holland’s Spider-Man).

Be advised of some spoilers ahead!

The notebook reveals three entries, questions Brock is seeking answers to during his investigation. The first entry reads: “So how exactly does the Life Foundation go about testing its pharmaceuticals?” This obviously confirms that the Life Foundation is the primary antagonist in the story.

First official still of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Venom.

In the Marvel Comics, the Life Foundation is a shadowy survivalist group who believe the world will end in nuclear holocaust. Their wealthy, powerful clientele aim to emerge from their shelter to build a new society post-apocalypse. To protect them, the Life Foundation creates a security force of five symbiotes.

In the comics, these five horrific beings — Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Scream.– were spawned from Venom and went on to wreak havoc. Because symbiotes.

Close-up of the text written in Eddie Brock's notebook in Venom.

Close-up of the text written in Eddie Brock’s notebook in Venom.

We previously learned from Venom director Ruben Fleischer that the biggest comics influences on his movie would be two storylines both penned by David Michelinie: Lethal Protector (1993) and Planet of the Symbiotes (1995).

The Lethal Protector storyline saw Eddie Brock’s Venom recast from a Spider-Man villain into an antihero. It also featured the Life Foundation. (And in keeping with the setting of the Lethal Protector storyline, the Venom movie is also set in San Francisco.) Planet of the Symbiotes also depicted Venom as a protagonist, this time defending Earth against an army of invading alien symbiotes.

The second entry in Brock’s notebook reads: “What about the allegations your empire is built on?”

That’s pretty straightforward. Perhaps Brock is interviewing Life Foundation boss Carlton Drake in this scene? (Rogue One’s Riz Ahmed is believed to be playing Drake in Venom.)

Exit Theatre Mode

The final entry is the most curious because it’s partially obscured by Brock’s finger. From what we can tell, it appears to read: “That you recruit the most vulnerable of us to volunteer for the testing that more often than not end up (killing) them?”

We’re assuming that second-to-last word is either “killing” or “hurting” but in any case the implication is clear: The Life Foundation’s experiments yield tragic results.

So will the movie see Venom as an existing symbiote that the Life Foundation uses as the basis for its own horrifying monsters? Or will Venom instead be created by them, with Eddie Brock then turned into its host? We’ll know for certain when Venom hits theaters October 5th.

In the meantime, share your Venom movie theories in the Comments below!

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