“The world has enough superheroes”, or at least that’s what Sony Pictures will lead us all to believe with the release of the new Venom trailer. Starring Tom Hardy in the titular role, Venom will lay the foundations for Sony’s Marvel Universe, separate from Disney and Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, and introducing some characters that haven’t been brought to life on the big screen either ever before, or at the very least for a long time. You can check out the new first look teaser below:
Eddie Brock (Hardy) is a journalist looking to revive his career following a major scandal. During investigations into the Life Foundation however, he comes into contact with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, giving him superpowers and using him as a human vessel. With the name of ‘Venom’, Brock must learn to utilise his abilities for good if he’s to survive against the Life Foundation, who will do anything in their bid to take him down for good.
Hardy stars alongside Michelle Williams in the flick, who plays district attorney and Eddie’s girlfriend Anne Weying, as well as Riz Ahmed as leader of the Life Foundation, Carlton Drake. Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko and Scott Deckert will all also feature in some capacity, though details surrounding their roles have been kept tightly under wraps.
Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that Venom will connect to the next planned instalment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Silver & Black, but also claimed in the past that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man – from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – could make an appearance. That’s something that has been denied by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, but it wouldn’t be too big of a shock to see him make a small appearance on the big screen alongside Hardy later this year.
With that being said, perhaps keeping Holland and the rest of the MCU away from Sony’s MU is the best option. Bringing them on board may be considered fan service, but in doing so, Sony risk overshadowing their entire new universe.
Venom comes to cinemas across the UK on October 5, 2018.