Venom is doing really well at the box-office breaking the record for biggest October opening weekend despite the mostly negative reviews. The Tom Hardy flick may not by any means, be a cinematic masterpiece but it’s still goddamn enjoyable mostly due to Hardy’s performance. The film definitely had problems from its script, CGI, pacing, characters and okay, done listing out negatives but the Venom symbiote itself is a highlight (take that as you will). However, we didn’t get a whole a lot about the symbiotes itself in regards to where they’re from.
We saw how the symbiotes came to earth (sorta). Well, we saw how the humans got it after one of the Life Foundation’s space crafts crashed into earth and we also got a little exposition in regards to how the symbiote-host bonding worked but not much on the alien race themselves. Well, it seems that there was some thought on providing more on the symbiotes pertaining to their home planet in the opening scene.
Director Ruben Fleischer spoke to Cinemablend revealing that not going this route was intentional in order to add a little bit more mystery in the air. He said:
“The beginning of the movie was a hard one. Like, how much do we want to tell the backstory? There was a version [of the opening] where there was a planet crawling with tons of symbiotes that were collected and taken back to Earth by the Life Foundation. They had encountered them. But it kind of felt like, my instinct was it would be better to keep it more mysterious and just know that they’ve retrieved something from space. We don’t know exactly by what means or how. Jenny [Slate]’s character later says they encountered it on a comet that was passing, and they retrieved these samples and brought it back to Earth. But yeah, I thought it was better just leave it a little bit mysterious, the backstory of the aliens.”
Fans would know that the symbiote planet is called Klyntar and it seems like they really considered it to be a part of the film as concept art for the planet was drawn according to the film’s producer Matt Tolmach. He explained:
“We toyed with some art work that we loved… We toyed with it. But we wanted the movie – it’s out there. It’s part of our mythology. It’s part of our backstory, Klyntar and where this all came from and who knows what’s next. But, it made sense to, in this movie, to let the origin of those things kind of unravel in the storytelling is as opposed to going [to that planet].”
It’s really uncertain how things would go if they actually had this in the film cause some general audiences might be a little confused. It would no doubt given a lot of backstory but it would have also taken a much longer time to see Hardy and Venom interact which is as mentioned before, is the film’s saving grace. It did really well at the box-office so perhaps it’ll be explored later on.