According to new reports, Sony's stand alone "Venom" movie directed by Ruben Fleischer, starring Tom Hardy as 'Eddie Brock' and Michelle Williams as 'Anne Weying', is inspired by Marvel Comics' 1993 6-issue series, "Venom: Lethal Protector":
"Venom then moves from New York City to San Francisco, and takes up with a group of Californian 'mole people'.
"Shortly thereafter the father of one of Venom's victims seeks him out with a group of super-powered mercenaries to take revenge. Venom then has to take on offspring of the 'Venom Symbiote, including 'Carnage'..."
'Cletus Kasady' aka 'Carnage', debuted in Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" #344 (March 1991) followed by "The Amazing Spider-Man" #360...
...created by writer David Michelinie and illustrators Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley, based on elements of the precursor character 'Venom'.
Along with Venom, the character belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrials known as the 'Symbiotes'.
'Venom', aka the 'Venom Symbiote', was originally a super-villain sentient alien, debuting in Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" #300 (May 1988)...
...before evolving into an anti-hero, requiring a host to bond with for its survival.
The first known host was 'Spider-Man', who eventually separated himself from the creature when he discovered its true nature.
The Symbiote went on to merge with other hosts.
According to the 'Marvel Universe', the creature is considered one of the greatest threats to humanity...
...alongside 'Magneto', 'Doctor Doom' and the 'Red Skull'.
The Symbiote is capable of shape-shifting, as well as the ability to expand its size and mimic the appearance of other humanoids after it has obtained a host.
The organism can additionally conceal itself by altering its coloration or by becoming invisible, while exhibiting telepathic abilities.
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