– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since it was first announced that Venom would be hitting the big screen in his own standalone film, there has been plenty of fan speculation as to just who the villain would be. Because he’s his most famous villain, it was kind of assumed that Carnage would be the big bad, right? Well, it sounds like they aren’t really going that route.

As confirmed at the Sony Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it turns out the big bad is actually Riot. His real name is Trevor Cole. He was a volunteer mercenary from the Life Foundation, and his own Symbiote is one of the five that spring off from the Venom symbiote. So yeah, he’s another doppelgänger. He’s pretty much a badder version of Venom…except not as bad as Carnage.

Riot was created by David Michelinie, Ron Lim, Sam DeLarosa, and Al Milgrom in 1993, and first showed up in Venom: Lethal Protector #4, which is a comic series director Ruben Fleischer said was an influence, so it makes sense. Interestingly enough though, Riot was actually the name of a Venom action figure line…but people kept referring to him as Riot, so I guess that’s official now…Riz Ahmed is playing Riot.

So yeah, sadly it looks like we are getting another hero facing off against a similar (identical-looking) ability. But at the end of the day, it’s all in how the villain is portrayed, right?

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.