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2018 is chock-full of Marvel movies (and one DC movie), with Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Infinity War, and Venom all taking centre stage throughout the year.
And whilst at least three of those are guaranteed to draw in the fans, the same couldn’t necessarily be said about Sony Picture‘s Venom.
The start of what is purportedly a “Spider-Verse” franchise built around Spider-Man cohorts and villains, Venom will kick proceedings off later this year.
And whilst there has been a small amount of publicity thus far, the anticipation for this movie hasn’t exactly been that high – especially in comparison to the MCU contemporaries.
Arguably, this may have had something to do with Sony‘s seeming reluctance to showcase Tom Hardy wearing the Venom suit in any promotional imagery or trailer footage.
Until now that is.
The second trailer, released earlier this week, actually had a secret screening at a recent Comic-Con event, and, as luck would have it, some ne’er-do-wells who were in attendance managed to sneak the grand reveal out onto the internet.
Regardless of if you happened to be in attendance over the weekend or not, Sony officially released the trailer, complete with Eddie Brock-into-Venom transformation sequence.
This trailer creates a much more violent narrative than previous iterations, with Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock being caught in a struggle against the Venom symbiote (that’s sim-BEE-oat, by the way) as the Venom persona takes over Eddie’s life and limbs, throwing the journalist into peril and danger whilst fighting off against the villain’s primary antagonists, the Life Foundation.
The iconic tendrils of Venom get a whole lot of screentime, but it’s the face of the beast that fans were so desperate to finally see, and, evidently, the reveal was well-received.
As of the morning of Wednesday 25th April. the Venom movie trailer was sitting comfortably in the #1 trending spot on YouTube – and this is during the same week that Avengers: Infinity War comes out, don’t forget!
Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake, Michelle Williams as ann Weying, Jenny Slate as Dora Skirth, and Woody Harrelson in an as-yet-unannounced role.