Does the 'Venom' Trailer Work Without Any Venom?

Ruben Ruiz
February 9, 2018

Among the many, many movies we're excited to see in 2018 is Marvel's Venom, starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. Until then, the shadows betray us, because the classic Spider-Man villain is nowhere in sight.

Sony Pictures has finally released footage of one of the most perplexing comic-book movies in recent memory: "Venom", a solo movie directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") focused on Spider-Man's arch-nemesis.

At Sao Paulo's Comic Con previous year, Hardy revealed that the film is based on two popular comic book runs - Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes - which cast Venom as the protagonist.

While the teaser does not show any Venom, we get a fleeting glimpse of the dreaded symbiote. But to say the Internet didn't notice Venom wasn't really there - just your not-so-friendly neighborhood Eddie Brock instead - would be an understatement.

There's only one thing missing from this otherwise intriguing teaser: Venom. It stuck to Eddie Brock, a rival of Spider-man's alter-ego Peter Parker, and the former becomes Venom.

Viewers can catch brief looks at cars flipping over, and at a thrilling motorcycle race, in the commercial for the film set largely in San Francisco.

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The trailer begins with Tom Hardy narrating the story.

"We all have our problems, our own issues, our own demon", declares Hardy.

It appears as though Sony's VENOM is looking to create a film that will be actively character driven.

Perhaps this first teaser is just meant to be seen as buildup, something that will spark a discussion surrounding "Venom", some kind of deranged marketing ploy. Following that we see Brock standing alone in the lab at the mention of "a death".

Venom will be released on October 5th, assuming Sony can find him in time.

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