If the movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming has a directive outside of storytelling, it racks up to fanboy-points hitting the details fans have complained about for years. Maybe the most notable one is the tendency of Peter to tell jokes or even talk to himself through monologue, a fixture of the comics which previous live-action versions had dialed back because monologuing out loud may look awkward in live-action. Homecoming may solve the problem through Spidey’s re-established link to the MCU through the gifting of the new high-tech Spider-suit with its own J.A.R.V.I.S-like A.I. which Peter names as “Karen.”
Like J.A.R.V.I.S. was before he was the Vision, Karen seems to be not just artificially-intelligent but is a quasi-sentient, creature that once excitedly asked, “Is that Liz?”. She is capable of taking control of the whole suit and even acting independently of Peter.
Karen may actually be something very much like the original pre-Venom Symbiote: a manifestation of the Spider-Man side and incarnated within the suit which helps him do the crimefighting and, in a sense even serves as a co-pilot for Spider-Man.
If her programming had been to “go bad”-something Avengers: Age of Ultron and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had established, activating she would be on her way to becoming a very high-tech reimagination of the Venom. One must note that the “nanobot armors” employed by Iron Man and Black Panther function in a manner similar to the Symbiote suit’s living liquid form.
The most different thing about the Venom that starts out as Karen is Connelly’s feminine-identified voice, which may add creepiness to Venom’s
A pressing question would be whether the “final” version of Venom is played by a male or a female actor. Connelly creating her version of Eddie Brock may be welcome, but we were always sued to seeing the traditional “tough guy” Eddie playing out the “We are Venom.”
We are not yet sure if all this will even play out as mentioned. These are all just guesses and the hopes a few fans out there.