You might say Marvel is using a poison pen to poke a little fun at Sony. When the latter studio dropped a new trailer for Venom last month, the way Jenny Slate's character pronounced the word "symbiote" as "Sym-BYE-oht" sparked fierce discussion online, with many fans taking umbrage over the rather bizarre intonation.
And now it seems Marvel would agree.
With the release of Amazing Spider-Man #800, the comic book juggernaut's latest issue appears to make light of the "mispronunciation" by having Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson elucidate the word's proper diction while mocking Venom's alter ego, Eddie Brock, in a phone conversation.
"Yeah? What's this about?" growls the pompous newsman. "Eddie Brock! I'd know that voice anywhere. 'Mr. Sym'? Are you SERIOUS? What's your first name? 'Bee-yote'?"
For the record, Merriam-Webster declared both pronunciations acceptable, but Twitterites would agree to disagree.
Now that Marvel's settled the Great Symbiote Debate of 2018 once and for all, Venom diehards can look forward to seeing whether their favorite alien-invading antihero's first big-screen solo outing lives up to the hype with Tom Hardy in the titular role.
Sony's Venom hits theaters October 5.
Amazing Spider-Man #800 meanwhile finds Spidey facing off against the Red Goblin with a little assist from Venom and is the first Marvel comic to hit 800 issues. After already selling out its initial run, it's now going back to print.