Venom and Spider-Man tend to go hand in hand. It's hard to have one without the other. But later this year, Sony will try to get a Venom movie off the ground and into theaters without the help of Marvel's favorite wall-crawler. Thankfully, Ruben Fleischer's Venom has Tom Hardy on its side, and we get our first look at the lethal protector in the debut trailer for the October release below. Check it out!
This first footage gives us an initial look at Tom Hardy's portrayal of Eddie Brock. And in Venom, he looks like he's going through a tough time. As he says, sometimes we are dealing with hardships in our lives. A break up (and they show his love interest, Michelle Williams). An accident. Something that changes you from what you were, to what you have now become.
The trailer stops short of actually SHOWING us Tom Hardy as Venom... and that's a real head-scratcher. But it goes to some lengths to suggest the origin of the alien symbiote, as I believe the crash is a possible space crash, looking like a large shuttle. Is this how the symbiote that eventually bonds to Eddie Brock reaches our planet? We see shots of lab scientists studying materials. And we even get a glimpse of the symbiote, contained in a vial:
Just... not Venom. How do you not put Venom in the first Venom trailer?
For now, Venom is being viewed as a standalone movie, one that Sony is developing apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- where Tom Holland's Spider-Man exists -- but one that MIGHT run concurrent to the events of the MCU. We don't think that it connects to Sony's planned Black Cat and Silver Sable movie (as there hasn't been much development on that project, from details we've been able to pick up), but we're really hoping that Holland can find his way into this world and trade punches with Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock... either in this movie, or in a future chapter.
Venom will be in theaters on October 5. It stars Tom Hardy, and he'll be joined by Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed. We're going to need another, fuller trailer on this one eventually, because this tease raised more questions than it answered. Is Carnage in this? Why is Eddie Brock getting an MRI? What will Venom actually look like? We have a long way to go until October, but with this, Venom has taken its first steps. What did you think?
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.