Sony released the first trailer for Venom. Last year, Sony Pictures surprised superhero fans by announcing they were developing a live-action Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer. The announcement arrived just before Sony and Marvel Studios released Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first film starring Tom Holland’s Peter Parker after he made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. While it’s still unclear whether or not Venom connects to the MCU, the latest report claims Holland’s Peter Parker will appear alongside Hardy’s Eddie Brock.
Sony’s Venom is also expected to feature Carnage, but it’s not yet been officially revealed which of the film’s actors will portray Cletus Kasady. In addition to Hardy, Venom stars Michelle Williams as Anne Weying aka She-Venom, Riz Ahmed as Dr. Carlton Drake, Jenny Slate as Dora Skirth, Scott Haze as Roland Treece, and Woody Harrelson as an unknown character. For many fans, Harrelson is the best guess for Carnage, though that’s unconfirmed as of yet. While we get a first look at Hardy as Eddie Brock earlier this year, now Sony has released the film’s first trailer.
Sony Pictures premiered the trailer for Venom, which reveals our first look at the eponymous symbiote – sort of. It was previously reported the first Venom trailer would arrive in time to be attached to Marvel Studios’ Black Panther when the MCU installment hits theaters in mid-February.
Although the trailer doesn’t offer a first look at Hardy as Venom – it is just a teaser trailer, after all – it does give some insight into the storyline and how Hardy will be infected with the symbiote. The voiceover narration mentions an accident, which likely refers to Brock, and we may be able to presume that’s where the symbiote infects him. The accident may also refer to what appears to be the crash of an alien spaceship, which is presumably how the symbiote (or symbiotes) get to Earth. Though we don’t see Venom, we do see the beginnings of Brock turning into Venom at the very end of the teaser trailer.
The teaser trailer also introduces Williams’ Anne Weying, who seems to be an ex-girlfriend of Brock’s, as well as Ahmed’s Dr. Carlton Drake. Additionally, we get a glimpse of Reid Scott’s as of yet unnamed scientist. We know that the scientific research scenes are set in the Life Foundation, as that will play a major role in Venom, and it appears they have the symbiote and are studying it – they also seem to be studying Brock.
All in all, the Venom teaser is light on anything that makes the film a superhero movie, and fans may be underwhelmed by that fact. We know that Sony plans to use motion capture to bring Venom to life, so it’s possible the CGI wasn’t ready in time for this teaser. With Venom not set to hit theaters until October, there’s plenty of time for Sony to release a full trailer with Hardy as the eponymous symbiote.