Venom’s Director Explains That Venom-Less Trailer

Venom in the new trailer

Given how massively popular and profitable the superhero genre has become over the past decade, most studios are trying to get in on the action, and craft their own cinematic universe. For Sony, this comes with their still developing Spider-Verse, starring the supporting characters and villains of Spider-Man lore. While the web slinger himself will be absent, the universe will get its jump start with Ruben Fleischer's Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the title character and Eddie Brock. Anticipation for Venom has been slowly building, but its first trailer caused many fans to pause. Namely, because Venom wasn't actually in it. Fleischer recently addressed that first trailer, explaining it with:

I'm really pleased with the way the marketing for this film has gone. I think the trailer guys have done a great job of building anticipation. The first trailer was truly a teaser. I think it did tease everybody. That's why people were pissed, because they wanted more. The truth is, the VFX weren't ready, so that's the main thing. But I also think it's good to leave them wanting more. Isn't that the first rule of entertainment, that you leave them wanting more?

Although Marvel fans were originally confused when Venom's trailer arrived, it turns out that the lack of the symbiote antihero was because Venom was simply not ready to be viewed by the public. The visual effects team was still working on his appearance, and didn't want to debut an incomplete or shoddy looking rendering.

Ruben Fleischer's comments to Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) finally gives an explanation for Venom's first bizarre trailer. While it featured the starring cast and teased Eddie Brock's adventure, there wasn't even one quick shot of the title character. Cinephiles argued that having just a brief glance would have been enough, like Alien: Covenant did with the Xenomorph.

As a reminder, you can check out the first Venom trailer below. Just don't expect the symbiote to appear. Like at all.

Well, that was a choice. Luckily Marvel fans out there finally have a reason why the Venom teaser went down like this, and the following trailers have featured plenty of the character's voice and physical appearance. Venom is almost here, and he's going to be deadly.

Ruben Fleischer's Venom will arrive in theaters on October 5, 2018, hopefully starting Sony's Spider-Verse in the process. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.