Sorry, one shot of the symbiote doesn’t cut it for a trailer showing off a Venom movie. Not when every other second of it has nothing to do with the on again, off again Spider-Man foe. They don’t even name the movie Venom, instead just showing the letter V.
Come to think of it, am I even sure this trailer was for Venom?
For those unaware and reading this out of curiosity, Venom is one of the most iconic members of Spider-Man’s considerable rogues’ gallery. After Spidey returns from a crossover space battle where he acquired an alien symbiote (his black suit), he eventually recognizes the damaging effect the symbiote has on him. When he removes it, the symbiote seeks out another host and finds on in the form of Eddie Brock, former photographer holding a grudge against Peter Parker. Brock and the symbiote become totes besties due to their shared hatred and proceed to spend the rest of their comic life antagonizing Spider-Man.
Did anyone get anything like that from this trailer? All I see is Tom Hardy standing around staring at things or running away. There’s a scene that looks like he has telekinesis. It features nothing at all that defines Venom in any way. It looks more like a knock-off of a Jason Bourne movie. Why does this trailer exist? All it’s going to do is make an already skeptical fanbase even more skeptical. If there was something here worth hyping a larger audience, okay, but there isn’t.
Instead, I’m left with horrible memories of Spider-Man 3 and every Fantastic Four movie. Why not show the suit? If post-production isn’t ready, why release this trailer? Was Sony really so desperate to jump on the bandwagon after the terrific trailers for Jessica Jones and Deadpool that released yesterday?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, the next trailer does something different.
Venom is scheduled for release on October 5.