Trailer Breakdown: Let's talk about that new teaser trailer for 'Venom'
After a bit of a letdown presentation in January at Brazil's Comic Con in Sao Paulo, I hoped Venom's first teaser might give us a bit more meat.
Unfortunately, Sony is keeping things tighter to the chest than Lucasfilm did with SOLO. I know principal photography wrapped up just a few weeks ago, but teasers like this are wasted on the fans. Fan expectation is that we see a bit of Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock donning the alien symbiote, but with much of that footage being crafted in post-production, the teaser's early drop is a bit puzzling.
If you haven't yet, check out the trailer before we dive in.
The teaser opens with shots of Hardy's Brock undergoing some medical exams. The character has had some serious medical issues in the comics so this may be how we're introduced to Brock's vulnerability. With the later shots of Hardy screaming, I'd bet these tests are actually post-introduction to symbiote.
Next we get a quick shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, giving us our San Francisco setting. Reports are that much of the film will be set in the Bay Area, presumably borrowing from the Lethal Protector storyline where Brock leaves New York to head west. In the comic, Brock strikes up a shaky truce with Spider-Man on the condition he leaves the Big Apple and cleans up his act. We've been told Spidey won't be making an appearance in Venom but there *are* rumors we may see Peter Parker. Maybe another Academic Decatholon school trip?
Next we get our first look at Michelle Williams' character, believed to be Ann Weying, Brock's ex-wife and the first She-Venom, but that's another story. With Hardy's voiceover mentioning a breakup during the frame I'd say it's a safe bet she's indeed the lawyer.
Next we see Brock skulking around some sort of high-end facility. If you look into the center window on the right you'll see what looks to be a canister looking awfully similar to this:
Here we see the loose symbiote at its gooiest, contained ... for now.
The man in black looks to be Riz Ahmed, who we believe is playing Dr. Carlton Drake of The Life Foundation, a shadowy organization looking to weaponize and exploit the alien technology. This all seems to fall in line, with what we learned in January about Brock's motives in the film. Last month, Sony released an official image of Hardy holding an open notebook. On the page, you'll see references to The Life Foundation, leading us to believe Brock is still some sort of investigative journalist. Given his recklessness to get the story, I'm thinking the above image of Hardy's visit to the facility is more of the uninvited variety.
Next we see a few shots of what appears to the crash that brought the alien symbiote(s) to Earth. Hazmats, flashing lights. Seems pretty cut and dry.
From here we get a frenzied montage of quick shots, but I'm guessing we're seeing the emergence of the symbiote in Brock and the aftermath of an escape from what I'd imagine to be a Life Foundation testing facility. We see Brock agonizing inside an MRI or CT machine, which could hint at how the symbiote reacts to radiation or different stimuli. Who knows.
We also get a great shot of Brock evading some typical black SUV's, synonymous with evil organization like The Life Foundation. They want the symbiote back in hand and who can blame them.
We close out with a great shot of the trademark Venom eyes taking form as they shift into the new V logo we've seen Sony rolling out. Thank you, Todd McFarlane. As I said, I wanted more but I'm sure we'll be satiated in good time.
We still don't have a rating, giving us some lasting hope for an R-rated Venom. Do the right thing, Sony.
Venom hits theaters Oct. 5, 2018.
(all images via Sony)