Because of the Disney-distributed Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel fans seemingly haven’t been over-the-top excited about this year’s other high-profile offering: the Sony-produced Venom. But thanks to a new trailer out Tuesday, the mixed reactions might swing more in one direction.
The three-minute promo gives the world its best look yet at star Tom Hardy as a man who becomes bonded with an alien symbiote. Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has certainly embraced the comic book character’s malevolent personality as well as exploited his expansive powers for set-piece imagery, which here involves Eddie Brock/Venom using gooey black symbiotic material to form a bulletproof shield and enormous axes.
The trailer lays out the story, which involves Hardy’s Brock not only trying to come to grips with his newfound symbiotic buddy — who’s the Mr. Hyde to his journalistic Jekyll — but also his attempts to become a villainous “lethal protector” and combat the human-symbiote bad guys created by Riz Ahemd’s Dr. Carlton Drake, who according to one of the final sights is going to become a symbiotic bad guy himself (aka Riot).
As before, initial online reaction is all over the place:
Any complaints about the movie came to an end. #Sony I believe in you. Please don't disappoint.
— KDP Deadpool (@Kyriakos_DP) July 31, 2018
Holy cow!!!!!!!!! THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!! I CALL FRONT ROW!
— BJ16 (@Bj39964052) July 31, 2018
This erased any doubts I had with the movie, I'm excited as hell
— Nick Greene (@Nick_Greene7) July 31, 2018
— Ünsal Sarıtoprak (@unsalsrtprk) July 31, 2018
Oh that’s looks bad. Really bad. Like actually terribly bad. Like X-Men Origins Wolverine Deadpool bad.
— Bryan Flynn (@bry_flynn) July 31, 2018
the CGI SUCKS
— Dan (@stinkyyeezy) July 31, 2018
Also starring Michelle Williams, Venom swings into theaters on Oct. 5.
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