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Venom Is Revealed!
And no, we’re not toying with you
Source: Sideshow Collectibles.com
Sometimes studio marketing departments must want to tear their hair out. You spend a year on a project â€“ letâ€™s say Spider-Man 3, one of the most eagerly-awaited sequels of all time â€“ and, apart from a quick, very blurry glimpse in one grainy teaser that made its way onto YouTube, and an official shot that shows pretty much nothing, youâ€™ve managed to keep the look of your principal villain â€“ letâ€™s say Venom, the alien symbiote psycho who makes Spideyâ€™s life hell â€“ a secret.
And then a toy company with rights to the project â€“ letâ€™s say Medicom Toy Corporation â€“ goes and releases an image of their Spider-Man 3 Venom toy, the latest in their line of Marvel RAH (Real Action Heroes) and the cat is out of the bag.
And if you want to purchase one for the princely sum of $99, head on over to the brilliant Sideshow Toys. Of course, this wonâ€™t beat seeing Topher Grace (and a whole heap of CG) in the film version, but itâ€™ll do in the meantime.
Immediate reaction? We likey. Sam Raimi and his design team have managed to strike a neat balance between the Venom of the comics and the new black costume that Spidey wears for much of Spider-Man 3 (which, of course, turns out to be the alien symbiote that tries to bond with Peter Parker, is rejected, and then latches onto Graceâ€™s disgruntled photographer Eddie Brock, becoming the utterly looney tunes Venom).
Gone is the thick white spider emblem that dominates Venomâ€™s chest in the funnybooks, instead replaced by the tenebrous grey lines of the black costume, but warped and twisted, to hint at the fragile mind of the Brock/alien combination. The hands are twisted into gnarled claws, and Venom is much more muscle-bound than Spidey, with the impression that things are almost busting out of the costume.
Thankfully, no real changes have been made to Venomâ€™s face, a gaping maw filled with jagging teeth and a lolling tongue. Take a look at Venomâ€™s body, you could still mistake it for Spideyâ€™s black costume â€“ take a look at Venomâ€™s face and youâ€™re in no doubt that this, this is not friendly. Or neighbourhood. In fact, this is damned evil â€“ Peter Parker is going to have his work cut out to stay alive on May 4â€¦
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