“You call it madness, I call it love.”
In Venom: Let There Be Carnage the examination of Eddie Brock’s relationship with the symbiote is fascinating. In all loving relationships, there’s a level of give and take that exists naturally. With these two, though, the give and take is tested in a way that exemplifies the meaning of love.
As the film goes along eventually there’s resentment between both Eddie and his alien paramour. Venom feels like it has made Eddie a better journalist and it wants a say in how things get done. (The super strength and healing powers don’t hurt either, of course.) Eddie wants the symbiote to chill out and not eat people’s heads, but instead stick to the chickens. It’s almost like leaving the toilet seat up. Nonetheless, that relationship does reach a crossroads when the two separate.
Sometimes distance creates perspective. Both parties got to see what it was like without the other. Eddie had a harder time figuring out Cletus Kasady’s story, and the symbiote couldn’t bond with just anyone. Even if they bicker like an old married couple, the two need each other. They’re at least smart enough to recognize that fact and eventually overcome their own issues and Carnage.
The biggest thing that the two of them learn is the classic relationship story of compromise. Working together and making the situation not only more tenable but meaningful in reality. These two iconic characters are in it for the long haul. As Venom’s story continues, the lethal protector has to be more together than ever. Whether it’s another Symbiote, or a certain wall-crawler Venom and Eddie will sink or swim together.
As the saying goes, “We can only learn to love by loving.” This relationship is truly a romance. Eddie Brock and the symbiote are a complete package, and with that comes a world of endless possibilities.
Venom: Let There be Carnage, starring Tom Hardy, is exclusively in theaters now.