Following a successful Spider-Man reboot in 2016/17, along with help of Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures has begun to look to other members of its roster of comic book characters to begin building its own Marvel world once again, after its two first attempts didn’t fair so well. Venom was first introduced to the big screen in 2007’s Spider-Man 3,during the Raimi/Maguire era, although his depiction in the film was not received as well as the studio would have hoped, and to make matters worse the character had to play second fiddle to Sandman (oh and James Franco’s hoverboard riding Green Goblin of course). This time around, however, Sony has opted to give the Symbiote-wearing anti-hero his own movie, even deciding to shoot for an R-rating in order to show some of the more gruesome, sci-fi horror aspects of the character’s backstory.
Since Tom Hardy’s casting and the appointment of Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer as director, Venom has seen a growing amount of interest from fans, that is up until the film’s first trailer was unveiled in February. The teaser declined to show viewers any Venom, and focused more on the character of Eddie Brock, played by Hardy, much to the disappointment of Marvel pundits. One thing Sony needed to do, then, was provide us with a first look at the wide-white-eyed creature in the second trailer in order to reinvigorate excitement for the film.
Just hours ahead of the new trailer’s official release came leaked footage from CinemaCon of what we would soon find out was the trailer’s final hurrah where Hardy’s full transformation into Venom was shown, revealing a very comic accurate depiction, which has generally been met with praise. See for yourself below:
Official Description & Trailer:
One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
The trailer provides a number of new details about the film, such as Eddie Brock’s career as a journalist; which is ultimately what leads him to uncover the unethical research being carried out at The Life Foundation, under the headship of Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Revolving around the squirming black goo (Symbiote) found at the crash site seen at the beginning of the trailer, the experiments involve human test subjects that have become hosts for the Symbiote – it’s very likely that these will be foes for Venom to face later in the film. No doubt, there will be a lot of body-horror going on during the scenes in the lab.
While investigating The Life Foundation’s facility, Brock becomes possessed by the Venom Symbiote, hearing voices and referring to himself as “we”, which is a key part of the character in the comics. Finally, we begin to see the physical changes the Symbiote has on Brock’s body during a home invasion in which the sentient extraterrestrial slime defends its host by fending off the attackers.
It looks as though the new footage has restored fan confidence in Venom, and with the movie now six months out it’s certainly a good time for Sony to start winning over the film’s target audience.
Venom lands in theatres October 5th