– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Fans have been hungry for a standalone Venom movie for some time. Ever since it was first announced that the character would be showing up in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, many wondered if this would be a lead-up to the character getting his own film. Sadly, Topher Grace was cast as the character,and by the end, he was completely dissolved in an explosion. We guess that’s one way for the studio to kill those dreams.

However, we’ve since learned that comic book characters have countless opportunities to correct the mistakes of the past. The Dark Knight Trilogy made up for the abysmal Batman and Robin, and Deadpool and Logan made up for the injustice that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As fans, all we really needed to do was wait for the right opportunity. Piggy-backing off of the great-looking Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony made their plans known to create their own pocket universe, and to kick that off, they’d be making a standalone Venom movie with Tom Hardy at the lead.

But who will Venom being going up against? Who better for him to take on than the fan favorite Carnage? According to THR, that may very well be who Venom goes up against. In the comics, Carnage is a man who — just like Eddie Brock — merges with the Venom symbiote. The main difference, however, is that the man, Cletus Kasady, is batsh*t crazy, and doesn’t have the same anti-hero title as Venom. Whereas Venom is kind of a dark gray, Carnage is pitch black as it gets, and given the R rating of the film, we think Sony has an opportunity to go all out with him.

In a world where there is no Spider-Man (though Amy Pascal recently said there’s always a chance), Carnage is a natural opponent to Venom, and we can’t wait to see what they bring with the character.

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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.