“Venom” Director Talks THAT Plot Hole

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The “Spider-Man” spin-off “Venom” continues robust mid-week business and should score big numbers for its second weekend, even as reviews remain fairly tepid. One common complaint is the film’s convoluted plot, one which has some dead ends and plot holes including one big one – the villain symbiote Riot.


In “Venom,” Riot is an evil symbiote who goes through several bodies before landing in an old lady in Malaysia. The film then jumps six months forward and when we see Riot again he’s still in the same old lady and still in Malaysia when he then chooses to transfer into a little girl and make his way to the States.

So what the hell was he doing in Malaysia for six months? Speaking with Gamespot this week, director Ruben Fleischer was asked that question specifically:

“Yeah, that’s a good question. That’s one of our few – hopefully few – logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie’s downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn’t entirely track.

But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia…

Our idea was that Riot was using up the life force of whoever he took, and then he jumped ship when he’d consumed them and then find a new host to carry him further on his journey.”

Asked if Riot could have been hibernating, Fleischer says: “Yeah, I mean, who’s to know?”. “Venom” is now in cinemas everywhere.