In February, the teaser trailer for Sony’s ‘Venom’ film was released and was met with complete outrage because Venom wasn’t featured in it at all. While I mostly liked the teaser, I will admit that I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t show even a small glimpse of the symbiotic anti-hero, and it did make me nervous regarding the character’s appearance and how Sony would handle it. Well, those worries have now been laid to rest because a full-length trailer has been released; giving us our first proper look at Venom-and it is glorious!
It seems like Sony have learnt their lesson from the abomination that was the ‘Spiderman 3’ portrayal of Venom: the voice and look of the character is extremely faithful to the comics and even to the 90’s cartoon. I also like that Venom refers to himself as ‘we’; it’s a small but important character detail, and it shows that Sony wants to portray the character correctly this time.
I thought this when the casting was first announced and my opinion still stands now: Tom Hardy is perfect casting for Eddie Brock/Venom, and I think he’ll be fantastic in the film. However, I still don’t know how Tom Holland is going to fit into this, if the rumours of his appearance in the film are true. It looks like the film is mainly influenced by Venom’s story arc in the ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ comics: the idea that people are undergoing symbiote experiments is loosely based on a plot line that the ‘Ultimate’ comics did, and it was the cause of Venom’s birth. If the film is going to go down this route then maybe Venom won’t have the spider symbol on his chest? As for Tom Holland, my guess is that he’ll appear in the background or in an end credits scene after the main film has taken place.
I only have two negative things to say about the trailer: the first one is the way one of the characters pronounces symbiote (she pronounces it as ‘syBYEote’), which, while it annoys me, is very nit-picky. The other thing that worries me is whether the shots with Venom are from the third act only; I’m hoping Venom gets introduced in the second act, allowing us to see more of him and Eddie Brock, and not just Eddie Brock on his own. As well as this, I’m hoping the final shot of the trailer is not the final shot of the film. Hopefully Sony has learnt their lesson from ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’, where the last shot of that film’s trailer was actually the final shot of the whole film.
Overall, I’m really looking forward to ‘Venom’; it’s actually my most anticipated film of this year and, after seeing this trailer, my excitement has grown even more so than it did beforehand.
The plot is unknown as of writing.
You can watch the full trailer here
‘Venom’ will be in cinemas on the 5th October.
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson
Release Date: October 5th, 2018