While Marvel Studios and Disney are rounding home base again with a third Avengers movie in April, Sony has found that their once mighty Spider-Man franchise is looking for a new direction. Now they have released the first teaser trailer for VENOM, a spin-off about a villain who made good.
Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, the trailer does what you would expect a teaser to do: introduces the main characters while leaving us hanging for more. However, fans have been quick to point out that while we spot some of the symbiote alien goo in a canister, the main man himself is nowhere to be seen. The film isn’t released until 4 October 2018 in Australia (and 5 October in the US), so there’s plenty of time for the big reveal. Still, is a shadowy profile shot could have been fun.
Venom is one of those ’90s kids that stuck around far longer than anybody expected. Created at the height of the industry’s boom – and the brainchild of Randy Schueller, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck, and Todd McFarlane – the character first appeared as a black replacement costume for Spider-Man. It soon become apparent that the black costume was an alien symbiote, who ultimately became one of Spidey’s greatest villains. This film, however, is unrelated to the current Spider-Man film franchise.
The symbiote has passed through a number of hosts over the years, with Brock the most enduring of them. At one point, Venom was the mantle of Peter Parker’s high-school contemporary Flash Thompson and a black ops agent for the government. From the trailer below, we certainly get the sense that director Ruben Fleischer has a government experiment vibe going in his film.