After watching Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it is quite clear that Topher Grace’s version of Venom is way better than the new iteration by Tom Hardy.
The Comparison Game
With superhero films from the 1990s and 2000s are being reprised, it is very difficult to avoid comparisons. While Fantastic Four and Blade are on the edge of it, Spider-Man is already experiencing some serious comparisons. With that said, the new release, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, includes Tom Hardy bringing life to the titular character, years after Grace’s attempt in Spider-Man 3. However, while Tom Hardy’s version is quite liked by the fans, Topher Grace’s version stands way better for some reason.
Grace’s version of Venom and its success included his unlike-ability, which is the primary essence of Venom and Eddie Brock in the comic world. Now that Hardy is sailing the character, there is yet something about Grace’s version of Venom that makes the character stand really different and better than others.
The Jealous Brock vs. Hardy’s Iteration
Grace’s version of Brock was a jerk who was jealous, a liar, thief, and cheated to replace Peter as a photographer. These factors ensued as the fear of losing the job and girl started to show up. That is where Eddie Brock and Venom collaborated and decided to kill Spider-Man. And throughout their journey, both the characters remained highly unlikable, egoistic, selfish, and narcissistic – similar to the source character from the comic world.
But Hardy’s iteration was completely different. Tom Hardy’s version had a different dynamic with the titular character. While it could not be referred to as a villain, it appears to be more like an anti-hero. Additionally, there is no Spider-Man to make the plot go miserable. While Venom: Let There Be Carnage tried making Venom look unlikable, the attempt failed miserably. This is because Eddie’s character is very likable and it is not possible not to laugh at Venom’s tantrums. As a result, he looks more like a spoiled brat but instead of a jerk, his character turns out to be that of a nice guy.
With that said, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is running in theaters now.