Marvel's latest big budget blockbuster Venom has been universally panned ahead of its opening weekend - but fans blame supporters of rivals DC Comics and Lady Gaga's new movie A Star is Born for leaving fake reviews.
The movie looked all set to be a hit; with an A-lister lead in Tom Hardy, a huge special effects budget, and a superhero plot based around a Spiderman villain.
But, while it is still expected to make around $65 million when it opens this weekend, fans and critics have expressed their disappointment in the film which they have described as cheesy, dated and a 'complete failure.'
Marvel's latest big budget blockbuster Venom has been universally panned ahead of its opening weekend
Tom Hardy stars as Venom, across from Riz Ahmed, in the big budget movie
Some have even been as cruel as to compare it to the infamously terrible 2004 movie Catwoman.
'Venom is Catwoman level bad, with Tom Hardy's worst performance since This Means War,' Daniel R tweeted.
Many felt that compared to the hugely popular Marvel Avengers movies of recent years, Venom felt like a step backwards.
'Sorry to say that #Venom is pretty much a complete failure,' added Tom Horrorgensen, 'a tonal mess that feels 15 years old, ignoring the storytelling strides that the superhero genre has made in recent years.'
'This is a movie that somehow slipped through a wormhole from 2004,' another Twitter user wrote. 'That's my biggest take. It's a movie that spilled from the pre-MCU era through a crack in time and space.'
However, Venom fans aren't taking the criticism lying down and have even accused Lady Gaga fans of trolling Venom to support the singer's new movie A Star Is Born, which also opens this weekend.
Fans have noticed that many of the negative tweets