Venom and Eminem (Veminem?) seem like a match made in some horrible laboratory, a perfect supervillainous cocktail designed to make Sony's potentially universe-launching antihero seem edgy and dangerous to people back in the '00s. So when the rapper released his surprise album Kamikaze and its last track was called "Venom," it was clear the film was entering into a greater canon of movies where artists sing the title in the theme song.
That's not to say the song is bad. But it is very strange, from its humming refrain of "Venom" to its metaphors about Eminem being the real symbiote around these parts:
"So escaping me is impossible
I latch onto you like a
Parasite, and I probably ruined your parents' life
And your childhood too
'Cause if I'm the music that y'all grew up on
I'm responsible for you retarded fools
I'm the supervillain dad and mom was losin' their marbles to
You marvel that? Eddie Brock is you
And I'm the suit, so call me"
So, yes, Marvel gets a little shout-out while we're told that we're Eddie Brock and Eminem is in fact the head-chomping symbiote that’s latched himself to us. He also references Edgar Allan Poe, E.T. ("E-E-Elliot phone home"), Danica Patrick, and his own problems with substance abuse. You can listen to it here:
So that's pretty fun, even if he seems to think that Venom is himself, venomous. To be fair, he says "Ready to snap any moment-um" so he can rhyme it with, you guessed it, "Venom," so this isn’t the biggest complaint fans may have with the song. However, it’s already got more personality than most superhero soundtracks aside from the infamous Guardians of the Galaxy mixtapes, so there’s a silver lining to this symbiotic musical relationship.
Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5.