Rumor of the Day: Could Venom film be spawning Lethal Protector?

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:13 AM EDT (Updated)

Seething, writhing Symbiotes could infest the upcoming Venom movie, at least if the rumors of it adapting the 1993 Venom: Lethal Protector storyline come alive.

Venom: Lethal Protector sees Venom and Spider-Man making a pact to go crawling their separate ways, so long as the Symbiote-bonded antihero doesn’t kill anyone and leaves Spidey alone to do whatever a spider can. Creeping from New York to San Francisco and hanging out with mole people doesn’t erase past grudges, though. Venom is hunted down by a band of superpowered mercenaries led by the bloodthirsty father of one of his victims, which leads to misleading TV coverage of Venom, which sends Spider-Man swinging to the West Coast to face off against him—except Spidey unexpectedly ends up joining forces with his nemesis and fighting off the Symbiote’s spawn instead. Tentacles and other appendages fly as they confront Agony, Lasher, Phage, Riot, and Scream. (By the way, the Symbiote entities even have their own family tree. It’s the most disturbing thing anyone could possibly hang in their living room.)

So is this first arc of Venom’s solo series actually happening onscreen? At the moment, this possible storyline is trapped in a MovieWeb of rumors, but expect anything from director Ruben Fleischer, who wrangled the undead in Zombieland. Carnage is one of the Symbiote offspring that will be terrorizing Venom as the main villain, and it is possible to somehow morph one of the other Symbiotes into him, if Fleischer doesn’t want all five ravaging the plot. She-Venom is also expected to flash her teeth at some point, as well.

Lethal Protector will need a major lobotomy if it really is going to morph into a movie, though. Spider-Man (who has a critical role in Lethal Protector) won’t appear, the mole people are just freaky, and then there’s the issue of the spawn’s suits in the comic, which should look vaguely familiar if you stare at them long enough. They’re based on Tony Stark’s ever-evolving suit, which wouldn’t be a problem if the incubating Venom film was actually in the MCU.

We’ll just have to wait until next year to see if the theater is taken over by a swarm of Symbiotes. 

(via Bloody-Disgusting)