Spider-Man Comics Character Makes a Cameo in Venom

© 2018 CTMG, Inc. Sony Pictures Entertainment. All Rights Reserved
© 2018 CTMG, Inc. Sony Pictures Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

Reviews for the newly released Venom movie are out, and they have been mixed to say the least. Some fans love the fun of it, while others have criticized it for being a "mess.”

However, it would be hard to say the movie did not pay proper homage to the comic books.

Tom Hardy, who plays investigative journalist Eddie Brock in the movie, ​mentioned two weeks ago the importance for the movie to stay true to the Marvel comics.

"The depiction of Venom, I think, has been extremely faithful to the comics," he said. "If we look at some of the images directly from comic book, they haven't deviated."

One of the links to the comic books appears in the first few minutes of the movie. The film sees a Life Foundation space shuttle in dismay while making its descent back to Earth. As it returns to the planet in a wreck, remnants of the space shuttle crash land in Malaysia.

A recovery crew claims the wreckage, with one scientist mentioning the shuttle was piloted by "Jameson," a.k.a. John Jameson, who in the Marvel Comics is a prominent astronaut and son of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, who frequently targeted Spider-Man for his overshadowing heroics.

In Venom, Jameson’s body is briefly overtaken by a symbiote who trades his body for that of a new one owned by a member of the recovery crew.

Though it was a brief and easy-to-miss cameo, it is great to see ​Ruben Fleischer and the rest of the filmmakers pay proper homage to an underrated character in the comics.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]