For his latest single ‘Venom’ for the Marvel film of the same name, Eminem has released another ominous music video to coincide with the film’s wide release today.
In the video, a teenager discovers a mysterious cracked CD and gets possessed by a ‘symbiote’, a fictional race of amorphous extra-terrestrials from the Spider-Man comics. Quickly a series of characters from a bus driver to a child, an old man and even a dog become possessed and start rapping Eminem’s lyrics and committing violent acts while the rapper’s face overtakes them. The possession passes from person to person as each stranger bumps into one another until the clip ends with the rapper himself becoming possessed by the symbiote.
While written for the film, ‘Venom’ originally appeared on Eminem’s surprise album Kamikaze, released on 31 August. The track has all the hallmarks of a classic Eminem track, with aggressive verses and a hard-hitting beat. The majority of the lyrics feature typical Shady wordplay, but a few allude to the film’s anti-hero ‘Venom’ played by Tom Hardy and how “something’s in your mitochondrial/’Cause it latched on to you, like…”.
In the film, Hardy becomes the host for this liquid-like alien parasite and becomes a dual-life form that calls itself Venom.
After making its premiere last night, the film has already raked in $10 million at the box office in the US alone.
‘Venom’ follows two music videos that Eminem previously shared from Kamikaze including ‘Fall’ and ‘Lucky You’.
Following the release of Kamikaze where the Detroit rapper took aim at a slew of MCs including Machine Gun Kelly on the track ‘Not Alike’, the rapper dropped a response track ‘Rap Devil’, quickly followed by Eminem’s scathing ‘Killshot’ on 14 September.
Venom arrives in theatres today (5 October), watch the official trailer below.
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