What Venom Taught Me About Power

'Venom' Taught Me More About Power Than I Would Have Ever Expected

Knock knock, let the devil in.

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This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to go watch Marvel's new blockbuster, "Venom," featuring Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed. I was blown away by the avid attention to detail highlighted through CGI effects, the relatively straightforward storyline depicting an age of symbiotes, and the action-packed fight scenes that saw Venom shredding through police officers and Carlton Drake's men in its quest to stop Riot, but the greatest quality of the movie, in my opinion, was the theme of power being used for good or evil, specifically the power of symbiotes.

At the beginning of the movie, we see Carlton Drake receive the packages of three symbiotes (Riot manages to escape the crash-landing that brings his kin to Earth). His desire to utilize the symbiotes to evolve humanity into a new species in order to combat extremities plaguing the planet, such as war and famine, seems benevolent at first, but our positive impression of him is shattered after seeing him sacrifice subject after subject (usually homeless people) in order to accomplish true equilibrium with the symbiotes.

In contrast, Eddie Brock serves as an investigative journalist striving to expose the corruption of high-level executives, first in New York and then in San Francisco. After bonding with their respective symbiotes (Drake with Riot and Brock with Venom), the two diverge in their usage of the power lent to them — Drake tries to utilize Riot's abilities in order to bring more of the symbiotes to Earth in an attempt to eradicate the human population for symbiotes to rule over the planet, while Brock's cooperation with Venom is based on a desire to help protect the planet.

It's interesting to note that Drake and Brock once shared a mutual goal of doing right by humanity and working (through their respective fields) to alleviate the pains of humanity — indeed, Drake invented a cure for pancreatic cancer at the age of 19 before subsequently creating the Life Foundation with the purpose of curing mankind of various maladies, and Eddie has ousted many corrupt high-level individuals through exposure of their evil deeds via The Eddie Brock Report.

They both obtain power well beyond the normal expectations of man through bonding with their respective symbiotes, but they choose to utilize it in opposite extremes. This two-sided usage of the same power reveals a central truth to the theme of the movie — that power itself is neither good nor bad, but the user makes it so.

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The Ultimate 'Avengers: Endgame' Drinking Game That Will Have You Saying ‘ANOTHER!’

A little liquid courage may come in handy when you're saving the universe.

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After 10 years, 18 movies, and 20 Stan Lee cameos, the Marvel franchise is giving fans answers to all their questions (or at least we hope) in "Avengers: Endgame." After "Infinity War" left fans speechless, in tears, and shocked to see Thanos' "snap" take away characters they'd grown to love, only a few noble heroes remain. All may seem lost, but if we've learned anything about the Avengers, we know that nothing is truly over until Stan Lee says so. That being said, liquid courage is practically a requirement to get through "Avengers: Endgame" in one piece.

What you'll need:

A Hulk-sized drink of your choice, refills, and the film itself.

The rules:

Take a sip, take a shot, or just start chugging as the film dictates. Feel free to add in your own universe-saving rules to help your liver make it to the final credits. Please drink responsibly.

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'Avengers: Endgame' Is Coming Out On April 26th, And Here Are 7 Facts You Should Know

Avengers, assemble!

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"Avengers: Endgame" is a Marvel superhero movie about the remaining Avengers in the aftermath of the events that happened in "Avengers: Infinity War." The remaining superheroes will have to find a way to defeat Thanos and try to bring back the people that disappeared in the last movie. Before it comes out, here are seven facts that you should know about "Avengers: Endgame."

1. The movie is going to be just over three hours long

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It is the longest movie in Marvel history to this point. Am I still going to watch it? Of course I am.

2. The events that happened in "Avengers: Infinity War" set up "Endgame"

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Before watching "Endgame," you might want to watch "Infinity War" first. I haven't seen "Captain Marvel," but I heard that this movie also sets up "Endgame" as well.

3. There are a lot of theories about what will happen in the movie

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Just to list a few.

There is one that Ant-Man will be the key to taking down Thanos. One of the theories is that he will shrink down, and go into Thanos than he will expand. There are also rumors about time travel in order to win. Lastly, there is a theory that Loki isn't actually dead. Instead, he is actually alive, and posing as Ant-Man.

4. The film is directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe

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They've also directed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

5. The title references something that was said in "Infinity War"

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Dr. Strange, when talking to Tony Stark, stated, "We're in the endgame now."

6. There have been rumors that some of the original Avengers will die in "Endgame"

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No one knows who or how, or if there will be any deaths in "Endgame." So, we'll just have to see.

7. There is a long list of people who will be in the movie

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But no one knows if they are dead or alive.

I can't wait to see this movie. I want to see how they defeat Thanos, and I want to see who comes back. A lot of my favorite characters disappeared. I think it's going to be a good movie from what I've heard and seen.

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