In Venom: Let There Carnage, Eddie Brock’s symbiote comes up with the Lethal Protector, a classic hero name that has a history in Marvel Comics.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Venom: Let There Be Carnage
In Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock is not as enthused as his symbiote partner is about becoming their own brand of hero, who also suggested that they should call themselves “The Lethal Protector”, a classic nickname from Marvel Comics. While much of the film sees Eddie and Venom learning how to maintain a healthy and stronger bond in the face of their new foe Carnage (Woody Harrelson), this new name helps signify their status as an anti-hero rather than a villain or simple monster. Furthermore, the Lethal Protector name is a great callback to one of the character’s most iconic comic storylines.
Taking place not long after the events of the first Venom film, Eddie Brock has retracted his rule about Venom being able to eat bad people, refusing to let his symbiote eat anyone after one too many investigations surrounding Eddie’s apartment with dead bodies being reported. Instead, Eddie has been holding Venom back, forcing him to eat chickens and keeping him largely hidden while he works to get his own life back on track. In contrast, Venom wants to be free to eat criminals and keep San Francisco safe, clearly wanting him and Eddie to be dark heroes. While it takes some time, Eddie does come around to the idea and nickname (but hilariously rejects Venom’s suggestion that they get a cape and mask).