|Name:||Edward Brock Jr.|
|Affiliation:||The Daily Bugle
|Portrayed by:||Topher Grace|
|Only Appearance:||Spider-Man 3|
|Appears in:||1 Film|
- "I like being bad, it makes me happy."
He was a former freelance photographer and Peter Parker/Spider-Man's rival at the Daily Bugle who, after bonding with the symbiote, turned into a psychopathic foe with the powers of Spider-Man.
Born in 1981, at the time of Spider-Man's first appearance in New York, Eddie Brock is already an active freelance photographer. While mulling over what to make of Spider-Man, The Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson is heard remarking "Eddie's been trying to get a picture of him for weeks", though it is unknown if he is referring to Eddie Brock.
Robbie Robertson mentions to J. Jonah Jameson that "Eddie" has been trying to photograph Spider-Man for weeks.
Eddie is at first glance, an exact opposite to Peter Parker in almost every way imaginable--He dresses in spiffy designer clothes, uses enormous hair products, rides a motorcycle and seems progressively tanned. Eddie Brock is louder, more flamboyant, more able to schmooze and socialize. He is overly arrogant and obnoxious, but certainly a lot more polished. However, Eddie lacks elsewhere, he apparently has no real friends or close family.
Eddie Brock considers himself a ladies' man, but the ladies themselves don't concur. He is known to have once dated Gwen Stacy who's a model and a physicist. But after one coffee date, she has no interest in pursuing things further. He later met Captain Stacy and told him he is dating his daughter. He attempts to flirt with J. Jonah Jameson's secretary Miss Betty Brant. She's amused at the gesture, but brushes him off. And his cologne seems to disgust more than it attracts. After the alien symbiote took him over, Peter Parker became more like Eddie Brock, both in speech and personality. He gets a hip hairstyle, a pricey suit, an over-inflated ego, more swagger, more overall arrogance and Eddie's ability to schmooze and socialize with women. He also becomes increasingly aggressive.
After losing his job and his reputation for forging a photo of Spider-Man robbing a bank, Eddie Brock saw Peter Parker with Gwen Stacy and quickly became depressed. He went into a church and prayed for Peter's death. Almost like a divine hand granted his wish, he heard a scream from above. Peter Parker was at the top of the bell tower attempting to tear the symbiote suit from his body, and with the help of the bell's thunderous chimes, the suit seems to be shrieking in pain. The symbiote then seemed to look more demonic and aggressive.
Peter Parker peeled off the creature and it descends down the bell tower. Just as he tossed the debris of the alien suit, it landed directly on top of Eddie Brock and completely consumes him, even more so than Peter. Eddie struggles like he's in a straightjacket sinking directly into quicksand. But, the creature won in the end and found a new host.
Eddie Brock, now re-christened and re-born as Venom, traveled around the city web-slinging and swinging in Spider-Man's own style, looking for the real Spider-Man himself. While doing such, he happened to run into The Sandman. After The Sandman attacked Venom, mistaking him for the actual Spider-Man, Venom gives him a disapproving roar before Flint tosses him aside. Before he leaves, Eddie proposes a deal to Flint in a sympathetic tone. Painting Spider-Man as a bad person for not allowing Sandman to gain money illegally for his sick daughter, Venom asks Flint if he's interested in working together to kill Spider-Man, to which Sandman agrees to.
Eddie Brock captures Mary Jane Watson through use of a taxi. Seeing her captured at a construction site on the news, Peter Parker put on his old traditional blue and red Spider-Man costume. Peter attempted to plead with Harry to help him save M.J, but Harry scornfully told him to get out, revealing his half scarred face. Arriving on the scene he attempted to fight Eddie but he proved too strong. Restrained, he tried warning Eddie about the Symbiote but the cautions did not faze Eddie. Peter was almost killed from Venom and Sandman teaming on him, But then Peter's friend Harry Osborn came blazing onto the scene to save the day, in his New Goblin gear. Harry tried to keep The Sandman at bay while Peter tried to take care of Venom. After defeating Sandman, Venom kidnaps Peter, Harry attempted to save Peter from Venom, ultimately sacrificing himself by getting impaled by his own glider in order to save Peter from the same fate.
Peter remembered that it was sound waves that made the symbiote creature scream and grow weak. He took a metal beam and banged it against a row of others, making a thundering chiming. The alien writhed in pain at the noise as Peter saw the face of Eddie Brock underneath the weakened symbiote. He lets a web fly at Brock, pulling him free from the parasite. Now the creature is unmanned, on a rampage. It's suddenly become more than just a poison. It's a free-thinking creature of evil, ready to kill Peter. Peter grabbed one of Harry's pumpkin bombs and hurled it right at the alien matter. Eddie, seeing what was about to happen, ran toward the symbiote and was caught, and killed in the explosion.
- "You made me lose my girl, now I'm gonna make you lose yours. How's that sound, tiger?"
- ―Venom mocking Spider-Man[src]
While he appears to be a perfect counterpart to Peter Parker, well-dressed and looks super confident, and problem free, Eddie Brock is no saint. He thinks of himself as better than others, will do anything such as doctoring to get Jameson's attention and be number one at the Bugle. The biggest downside is that he has no good traits or a chance to redeem himself whatsoever; inside he is just rotten to the core, thinks of himself as a ladies' man, is a glory hound, and delusionally believes he is both entitled to and that life is all about him; he even believed that he could simply have the right to be scot-free for forging photos to slander Spider-Man, and begrudged him when he is caught, fired and his reputation ruined; when it was entirely his fault for committing the crime of forgery and libel, making his grudge petty and unreasonable. Unlike, Norman, Otto, Flint, Harry and Peter, Eddie is corruptible, callous, amoral, dishonest, and incapable of maturity with change (despite being a Catholic). Unlike most villains in the Spider-Man trilogy, who are either tragic heroes or tragic villains, there is nothing tragic nor heroic about his mentality, as when he told Peter "I like being bad, it makes me happy" after Peter stole his date and was going to kill Mary Jane, thus making him a true villain in the trilogy.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength:
- Superhuman Durability:
- Enhanced Stamina:
- Enhanced Agility:
- Superhuman Speed:
- Organic Webbing Generation:
- Skilled Photographer:
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant:
- In July 2007, Spider-Man 3 producer Avi Arad revealed a Venom spin-off film was in the works. Jacob Aaron Estes was commissioned to write a script, but it was rejected the following year. In September 2008, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese signed on to write the film. Reese later revealed that they had written two drafts for the film and that the studio was pushing the film forward. In 2009, Gary Ross, who was then rewriting the latest draft of the unproduced Spider-Man 4, was assigned to rewrite the Venom script and direct the movie, in which Venom would be an anti-hero rather than a supervillain. The project was cancelled after Spider-Man 4 was scrapped in 2010. In June 2012, a new Venom movie was being considered as part of the Spider-Man reboot directed by Marc Webb.
- Venom was originally not planned to be in the movie as Sam Raimi wasn't initially a fan of the character, stating the character "lacked humanity" in comparison to the previous villains. Instead, he planned to have Vulture as the main villain of the story. However, he was pushed by Avi Arad to replace him with Venom, as he felt that the series was relying too much on Raimi's personal favourites instead of the villains that the fans like.
- That being said, fans did not like this iteration of Venom, particularly because Brock does not become Venom until towards the end.
- In other earlier scripts of the film, the Lizard and Electro were planned to be the antagonists, rather than Venom and the Sandman. The Lizard would later appear in The Amazing Spider-Man movie while Electro appeared in the sequel.
- Eddie Brock is never referred to as "Venom" in Spider-Man 3. Although, he was referred to as "Symbiote" by Curt Conners.
- In the Spider-Man 3 game, however, Sandman does refer to him by his name in the end.
- This incarnation of Venom has several differences from his comic counterpart:
- In the comics, Eddie Brock has reddish-blonde hair, blue eyes and has a brawny physique. In this film, green eyes and has a scrawny physique.
- In the comics, Eddie is occasionally an antihero when he is not begrudging Spider-Man. This version is a completely psychotic, irredeemable and sadistic villain; he even willingly claims that he enjoys being evil of his own free will while smiling evilly. His personality and physique as mentioned earlier, makes the film Eddie greatly resemble Cletus Kasady/Carnage, Venom’s offspring from the comics. However, he still has one genuine redeeming quality, which is his true love for Gwen Stacy, while Cletus/Carnage lacks any redeeming qualities.
- In the comics, Eddie begrudged Spider-Man when he published an article incriminating a man, he thought was the serial killer Sin-Eater, but Spider-Man caught the real culprit which proved his story to be false. This shamed Eddie, causing him to be fired from his job and abandoned by his family. In the film, Eddie deliberately forges and publishes fake photos made to slander Spider-Man, digging his own grave and guaranteeing he was going to get caught and fired. This makes his grudge against Peter petty and unreasonable as a result, as all the consequences he faced as a result of his deliberate dishonesty are entirely his fault, compared to his comic counterpart who made an honest mistake.
- In the Ps2/PSP/Wii and Ps3/Xbox360/PC versions of the Spider-Man 3 game, Venom's death is slightly altered in 2 ways, a normal one and a more gruesome one.
- In the Ps2/PSP/Wii version, after Venom is defeated by Spider-Man with a mix of soundwaves and a beating, he starts to suffer from trying to control it any further and eventually collapses and dies possibly due to brain damage caused by the Symbiote's sensitivity to soundwaves before he mentions that he couldn't control it.
- In the Ps3/Xbox360/PC version, while Spider-Man uses soundwaves against Venom and fights, they both fall off the building under construction, Spider-Man survives but Venom is impaled by iron bars down below, killing him.
- In the Ps3/Xbox360/PC version, Venom's voice is distorted when he talks, but not in the movie when Brock is talking to Sandman.
- Eddie's death in the Spider-Man 3 novelization differs to that of the movie. Whereas in the movie, Eddie dies while trying to rebond with the symbiote and is caught in the pumpkin bomb's explosion, in the book, when Peter uses sonics to weaken the symbiote until it unbonds with Eddie, only when it does unbond, all that remains is Eddie's blackened skeleton. This was actually filmed and b-roll footage has surfaced online depicting the skeletal remains of Eddie. 
|Raimi Film Series|
|Films:||Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3|
|Characters:||Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw|
|Enemies:||The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker|
|Locations:||The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair|
|Video Games:||Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3|