Sony has released the second trailer for their upcoming “superhero” movie Venom, giving a better idea of the movie’s plot and actually showing off its sci-fi/superhero premise.
The film is a spin-off of the Spider-Man franchise. In the comics, Eddie Brock/Venom is a human bonded with an alien symbiote and is usually depicted as an enemy of the web-slinger, but evolved into more of an anti-hero as time went on. This movie is leaving Spider-Man out and also just skipping over that villain stage, even making its tagline “embrace your inner anti-hero.”
A teaser trailer came out in February, but made the unconventional choice of not actually showing Eddie Brock (played by Tom Hardy) as Venom. This new trailer, which debuted at CinemaCon, makes up for that error, and gives some sense of the movie’s plot.
Brock is a journalist, as he was in the comics, and is investigating the alleged unethical experiments of one Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). These experiments turn out to involve symbiotes; whether or not these are still alien beings or were created by the company (similar to Venom’s Ultimate Spider-Man origin) remains unknown. Either way, Brock winds up bonded with one when he investigates, and soon finds tendrils of super-strong black slime erupting from his body, fighting off anyone who tries to harm him.
As in the comics, Brock can hear the Venom symbiote talking in his head and begins to refer to himself as “we,” but the relationship between the two beings is shown to be different. Notably, Hardy’s take on the character seems much more moral, and thus he is fighting the violent nature of the symbiote, which wants to go crazy with wanton violence.
In the comics, the two were almost always in tandem (save when the symbiote wanted to jump ship back to its original host, Spider-Man); in fact, the earliest stories tended to depict Brock as the truly psychotic one. (The movie’s version actually recalls another human/symbiote pair from the comics, Toxin and police officer Pat Mulligan.)
Notably absent from the trailer was Woody Harrleson, said to be playing Carnage, a symbiote bonded with a serial killer (and thus even more deranged). This ties in to rumors that he will be a minor character, possibly there just to set up as the villain of a potential sequel.