There’s no doubt that at the mere mention of anything Malaysian from anyone or anything that isn’t Malaysian really makes us excited and proud. So naturally, when Malaysians discovered that Sarawak is featured in the recent Marvel-based movie, Venom, everyone went absolutely nuts.
According to New Straits Times, Venom’s opening scene is set in Sarawak!
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS AHEAD
The film opens with a scene of a rocket crashing into a forest. The crash results in one of the Symbiotes inside the rocket escaping from the canister it was trapped in. Later, the film reveals that the forest is part of “Hutan Simpanan Borneo”, supposedly located several miles away from Sibu, Sarawak. FYI, there is no such forest reserve lah. So, it’s fictional. But still!
During the movie, an EMT officer played by an American actress also speaks some Sarawakian Bahasa Malaysia.
And the Malaysian lovin’ doesn’t stop there!
Another key moment in the movie happens in a “Malaysian village” in Sarawak. According to the film’s production notes, the “Malaysian village” was built on a dirt lot in Georgia. And to be fair, it looks more like a night market in Hong Kong than anywhere in Malaysia, but we’ll take it!
The last scene in Sarawak happens in what looks like Sibu airport. The set design appears to be modelled after the actual airport before it was renovated in 2012.
Walao eh! That’s a lot of Malaysian scenes!
Naturally, our netizens flocked to Twitter to share their excitement:
Hello everyone, the movie Venom sucks, but it features Sarawak, which was the only thing I was excited about
— athina (@athina97) October 4, 2018
#Venom plot is a mess but who cares Sibu Sarawak represent yalllllllll
— razif othman (@rajifusama) October 3, 2018
Some of Venom scenes were casting in Sarawak. How cool is thattttt watching Marvel cast speaks malay 🤣
— 🧕🏻 (@nisagoldust) October 4, 2018
So after watching Venom, the most memorable part to me of course when the rocket crashed into Sibu, Sarawak. 🤣🤣
“Ini satu orang masih hidup!”
“Kasi dia air!”
— Samuel Teddy (@SamuelTeddy) October 4, 2018
Just watched #Venom and as a biggest Marvel fans, all I can say it’s literally trash. Jalan cerita terlalu cliché dan tak banyak action lgsg, tau2 dah habis -,-
But yeah who cares when you got Sarawak in marvel movie yawwwww 🙌🏻 Depa cakap melayu oi! 😂
Overall: 5/10 pic.twitter.com/9GvoPOqtzi
— nrlse (@nrlshhrhesa) October 3, 2018
just finished Venom & fam the first scene is in Sibu, Sarawak 😂 bruh, one Sarawakian gets to Hollywood & now they hypin Sarawak??
GETTIN THE RECOGNITION THAT WE DESERVE pic.twitter.com/nzxMLM2C4B
— Esther Ricky (@esthericky) October 3, 2018
— StephItuIja (@ijawax) October 5, 2018
venom asal Sarawak ok.
— y I m (@ainfanaaa_) October 4, 2018
Venom and the gang landed in Sibu, Sarawak dohh haha #venom
— AJEL® (@HairiJuany) October 4, 2018
Malaysia main peranan dalam Venom movie, thank you Sarawak.
— Imran Faiz (@Imran_ismail95) October 4, 2018
We haven’t watched the film yet, but we’re definitely watching it now.