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Sony is launching its own Spider-Man movie universe without Spider-Man, and now rumors are circulating that the studio's Venom movie doesn't even have Venom in it. The marketing for Venom began early last month with the release of the first teaser, but it's fair to say that the response was lukewarm at best. Many were put down by the fact that the trailer barely included the symbiote, let alone any signs of the Venom costume. This has led to rumors that the movie might not actually show Venom until the end, and star Tom Hardy has a few words to say about that:
The plan is for Venom to launch a cinematic movie universe of Spider-Man supporting characters, but the franchise seems to already be off on the wrong foot. A teaser trailer offered the first glimpse of the film but didn't show much aside from Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock screaming in pain. Earlier this week, an unnamed source claimed that the symbiote only exists inside Brock's body and doesn't form the Venom suit until the final fight of the movie. Now, these rumors don't exactly come from a trusted source, so grains of salt are deeply required, but Venom doesn't really need that kind of publicity right out of the gate.
Tom Hardy took to his Instagram account to dispel the rumors, writing that the rumors were "asinine," created by someone who wasn't able to gain "credible intel." Hardy is essentially promising that you will see the Venom before the ending of the movie and not to believe everything you read.
While fans worrying about the Venom movie is understandable given that Sony's most recent attempt at Spider-Man had enough issues that they eventually let Marvel Studios take over, there's no reason yet to go as far as to assume Venom isn't in his own movie. While the teaser didn't show him at all, that is probably due to the fact that the special effects weren't finished in time for a trailer. Keep in mind that the movie only wrapped filming earlier this year and then released the trailer soon after. If anything, the only sin committed so far was not waiting longer to tease a movie that doesn't come out until October.
Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and will tell the origin story of the Spider-Man villain/anti-hero Venom. Not much is known about the movie plot-wise, but it is set in San Francisco and follows Eddie Brock as he is bonded to a parasitic symbiote that grants him superpowers. The movie stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, and Woody Harrelson.