Amid a deluge of trailer reveals within the past week, Sony Pictures has decided to ride the wave and finally tease Venom — the movie nobody thought would actually happen.
A part of the Spider-Man canon, Venom has long been a popular villain (or antihero) across the entire Marvel fandom, appearing in comics, video games, and most visibly in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (2007). But, as you’re probably aware, the Spider-Man film franchise faced a tumultuous and fragmented future. Marvel Studios launched their cinematic universe in 2008 with Iron Man, and Sony began a separate franchise in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel. Though Spidey was absent from the MCU for almost a decade, Sony and Disney (Marvel’s parent company) reached a deal to bring him in with Cap and the gang in Captain America: Civil War (2016), and then in his own film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Sony would not give clear answers as to if they would continue the Amazing franchise, but after the success of Homecoming and the announcement of Venom, it seems to have gone by the wayside.
Question being: Where does Venom fit in? Producers claimed early on that they’d like Venom to be a part of the MCU, but plans seemingly changed. Studio politics have cast doubt on any link to the Marvel’s monumental movie franchise, claiming that Venom is part of its new, unrelated canon. Have you lost track of this already? Because it’s very intimidating to navigate. Why Sony wouldn’t just jump on the cash cow with Marvel beats me.
So now comes the actual teaser trailer. To put it plainly, Venom doesn’t actually show up for the party. A brief glimpse of the symbiote, the gooey alien entity that gives the character his power, is all that is revealed. The rest is just Tom Hardy in a series of seemingly unrelated situations that look … horribly generic. Columbia Pictures’ president Sanford Panitch went on record saying that the film’s tone was akin to a “horror movie”, and less of a traditional comic book film. The trailer doesn’t quite evoke that to me, but more of a dark science-fiction story. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, and it’d be great if it worked out into an atypical superhero movie, but there really isn’t enough to go on here to say one way or the other. Check out the first Venom teaser trailer below and let us know what you think.
VENOM is slated to hit theaters October 5th from Sony Pictures.