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All The 'Venom' Easter Eggs And References You Missed

The Cannibalism
Venom's desire to eat people and especially brains might seem a little weird but it's key to understanding the character. He's like a horror villain dumped into the shiny world of Marvel. He doesn't really fit in, and making him an over-the-top cannibal was part of his random comedic appeal. He first said "I want to eat your brain!" as an action figure in the '90s. The writers went with it and Venom became a cannibalistic threat in the comics soon after.

Tom Hardy has said he took the role of Venom because his son loves the character. "I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people's heads off."