Venom Movie Trailer: Breakdown And Connection To The Comics
The first teaser for Venom was released recently, and it's not quite what fans expected. Aside from Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) not wearing the symbiote during any part of the video, tonally, it felt more like a horror or thriller than a comic book movie. It's completely unclear whether or not this movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Venom is solely a Sony movie, while Spider-Man: Homecoming was a Marvel and Sony collaboration.
While the comic book version of Venom has a history directly tied to Spider-Man, the webslinger will not appear in this movie, but that doesn't necessarily mean Peter Parker isn't in it. That may be a bummer for many fans, but the movie is planning on taking a new direction: horror and sci-fi.
Venom isn't coming to theaters until October, but the first teaser for the gave its audience a trailer that's mysterious but delivers the horror and sci-fi tone that was originally promised. Here's what we learned.
Venom DOES Appear In The Trailer
Contrary to what people are saying online, Venom does appear in the trailer. It's just not the form you are familiar with. There is a shot of encapsulated black goo moving around. This is the symbiote known as Venom. What's important about this moment is that the symbiote doesn't bond with Eddie right away. Scientists/the government/the Illuminati know about this creature prior to it finding its host.
Eddie Needs Help
The trailer opens up with someone in an MRI machine. We quickly learn it's Eddie Brock. This moment sets the tone. Something is wrong with him, he is in pain, and he needs help. It's a bit of a departure from the comics, as Eddie embraced the Venom symbiote--to get revenge on Spider-Man/Peter Parker--but this opening shot helps ground the movie in reality. It's worth noting that later on in the comics, Eddie was dying of cancer and was turned into Anti-Venom, which healed his body of cancer. There is no way that is happening in this movie.
The San Francisco Treat
There's an establishing shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is in San Francisco. While the movie very well could be jumping between cities, it's possible the movie takes place entirely in California, which really separates Venom from Spider-Man, who operates in New York City. You know what other movie took place in San Francisco? Ant-Man. Here's to hoping Sony and Marvel come to terms for a really weird Ant-Man/Venom crossover. Hopefully, Venom doesn't have as many San Francisco establishing shots as The Room.
Michelle Williams appears in the trailer briefly. She'll be playing Anne Weying ("Ann" in the comics), and the comic book version of her is a successful lawyer who is divorced from Eddie. At one point, Ann gets shot and Eddie separates from the symbiote so it can heal her. That's true love. In the teaser, she's in a hospital, so maybe the two are still married as she tries to help figure out what's wrong with Eddie.
Eddie Shouldn't Be In There
You don't need Secret Wars in order to introduce the Venom symbiote. Eddie finds himself in a laboratory, apparently after hours. The lights are off and only one section is illuminated. Why is he there? That's not apparent from the trailer.
What's The Gooey Stuff?
A tarp is lifted and briefly reveals things that look alien. Maybe an alien was dissected and pieces of it were left on this table. Could the symbiote been attached to another lifeform before bonding with Eddie?
A Crashed Ship
We see a crashed ship for a moment or two, and this is a very important moment in the trailer. This is more than likely where the Venom symbiote came from originally. Is this an alien ship or something Earthly that crashed? In the '90s Spider-Man animated series, Venom came to Earth after astronaut John Jameson--J. Jonah Jameson's son--discovered a rock in space containing the symbiote. While Venom may not use John Jameson, both of these storylines are possible for the film.
The Man Behind Venom's Capture
We briefly see Riz Ahmed portraying the character Dr. Carlton Drake. In the comics, Drake leads the Life Foundation. He is stricken with cancer and trying to find a way to cure himself through the Arachnis Project. He creates a serum, uses it on himself, and ends up turning him into Homo Arachnis, a giant spider-monster. This movie will probably drop the whole spider-monster part and replace it with the symbiote.
Every Trailer Needs A Scene Of The Main Character Running
While it may feel like a throwaway action sequence, this scene may hold importance. It looks like Eddie is running through the halls of the laboratory we saw earlier, and everything around him is exploding. Did Eddie destroy the lab himself or was this an accident? This is probably right after Eddie gets the Venom symbiote.
Someone Has Telekinesis
In the next two shots, Eddie Brock reaches out his hand, and a room with computers gets telekinetically destroyed. The two shots are misleading and misdirection. These shots don't look like they happen in the same room, so does Venom have telekinesis or does someone else have this power? Our guess is that Venom has to take on a super-powered Dr. Drake, who gained abilities while looking for a cure.
Eddie Is Freaking Out
MRIs aren't fun, but they're nothing to freak out about. There's a final shot of Eddie flipping out in an MRI machine. Our guess is that Venom has already bonded with Eddie, and the MRI is causing the symbiote pain, which--in turn--hurts Eddie. In the comics, symbiotes are vulnerable to certain sonic frequencies--like a loud church bell ringing--and heat. An MRI machine uses strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and electrical field gradients to create its imagery. One of these things could affect the symbiote.
Let us know what you think of the trailer. Venom comes to theaters in October.