There have been real villains and heroes of history, yet in everyday life aren't we a bit of both both? If the hero represents love and the villain represents indifference, aren't they both in us all? I know they're both in me. The real battle is how to be more hero and less villain, how to bring more healing and less hurt so we can care for ourselves and those we love, be happy and lead good lives.

When is it we feel our "venom" rise? When we feel threatened? That's natural. It's our primitive survival brain getting out of bed, taking over for a while. It comes when we are afraid, under pressure, unloved or simply scared. That's how we really live, isn't it? Isn't that why Venom is symbiotic and not parasitic? Because we evolved to have a survival mechanism and it's perfectly healthy in a society that doesn't trigger it all the time.

All we're really taking about is how fear and lack of support in our lives triggers our own primal brain, our survival instincts, causing us to feel more indifferent and less loving.

So perhaps from the ivory tower of the critic it's just a movie, but to those who feel the struggle of being pulled into indifference when we'd rather be loving and feel loved... this is a reality that hurts us.

The "Venom" is in us is simply a defence mechanism in a toxic culture. Why "venom"? Because that's the bite of a spider or snake, the same as the cold indifference that bites us every day and even then we're still fighting hard to be fully human. We're doing our best to limit that "reflex monster defence" instead of becoming monsters. It sucks that that's the best we can do, but it is what it is.

We should be asking why the audiences love Venom, looking for the deep psychological reasons and ask what it says about modern culture and what we humans really need to be healthy. Kids are smart, they know what helps their mental health and they know what hurts them.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), October 9, 2018.