If there was any doubt that Sony’s first Spider-Verse movie would allow its titular character the chance to go full, comic book Venom, those worries were quickly put to rest with the release of the film’s second trailer.
We see the ridiculously long, serpent-like tongue as it was always meant to be; we see that Eddie Brock’s roots in journalism are still intact; and we see that there will be a duality of personas between Brock and the alien parasite which has taken hold of him.
Of course, the fact that this film is produced by Sony and takes place semi-outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe means that some liberties had to be taken in order to have the character work on his own. Without Spider-Man as a main player, Venom’s origin has to be changed, and we can understand that. But there is one thing that the movie appears to have changed that doesn’t sit right with us — at all. In fact, it bothers the hell out of us. Chances are, if you are an old school Spider-Man fan, it bothered you too.
Yes, we’re referring to the pronunciation of the word “symbiote.”
Roughly a minute into the movie’s latest trailer, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock meets with Jenny Slate’s character, a scientist who works for the Life Foundation. While she briefs Eddie on the discovery of the alien entities who will lead to Venom’s birth, she pronounces the word “sym-bye-oat.”
But that’s completely wrong. Every Spider-Man fan and comic book reader knows that the word should be pronounced “sym-bee-oat.” Don’t believe us? Check out the clip below from the recent Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. There, you will clearly hear it pronounced with a “bee,” not “bye.” The same “sym-bee-oat” pronunciation can also be heard in the older 1990s classic Spider-Man animated series.
And yet, for some reason the Venom movie chooses to ignore that accepted bit of the Spider-Man mythos to favor a different pronunciation of the word. It doesn’t really matter that both pronunciation are actually accepted by the Merriam Websters dictionary. What matters is that the word be pronounced the way it was meant to, in the cartoons we all love.
Of course, the caveat of reading comics is that readers will come across new words or names they aren’t familiar with. These comics don’t come with a pronunciation chart, so the correct way to pronounce some of these words will always be up to the discretion of the authors. But as far as we’re concerned, it’s been long established and accepted in Marvel Comics lore that the word symbiote is pronounced “sym-bee-oat.”
Now, because of Sony’s new film, a whole new audience, one who was unfamiliar with the character before, will be introduced to the Venom symbiote, and they will walk out of the film speaking about a “sym-bye-oat.” And that… that’s just wrong. Maybe not Fox’s last Fantastic Four reboot levels of wrong, but wrong, nonetheless.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.
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