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Venom director Ruben Fleischer addresses a raging, Riot-related plot hole

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Oct 12, 2018

Critics and audiences are split almost evenly over Sony's Venom, which, if we're being honest, is just an OK movie. The Symbiote scenes are awesome, and if we're being honest again, we'd very much like to see a sequel, especially after that post-credits scene, which dangled a classic character in front of longtime Marvel fans like a worm on a hook.

WARNING! The following contains major plot spoilers for Venom!

With that said, there is a major issue that we need to discuss. After Carlton Drake's spaceship crashes in Malaysia and Riot cleverly escapes at the start of the film, what the heck took him so long to make it to San Francisco?

As you'll recall, the plot fast-forwards six months into the future after Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) confronts Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) about his deadly human experimentation. This little stunt of investigative journalism gets him and his fiancee, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams), fired. This causes Anne to break off their engagement, driving Eddie into a spiral of unemployed depression.

So, we must ask ourselves what Riot was doing during those six months and why he took so long to A) get rid of the old lady's body he was inhabiting and B) get on a plane to the United States.

When asked this by Gamespot, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) said:

"Yeah, that's a good question. That's one of our few — hopefully — few logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie's downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn't entirely track ... But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia."

Hey, at least he didn't brush it off or act like he didn't care. Maybe the old lady was a 95 percent match and he could stay bonded with her for longer than many of the other hosts that were not suitable to his needs. When her body finally began to break down, he finally took over that little girl at the airport. Still, we can only really guess at what he was up to for half a year, an entire ocean away.

"Yeah, I mean, who's to know?" Fleischer finished.


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