Fans have waited 10 years to see Spider-Man's nemesis Venom return to the big screen, and now the teaser trailer has dropped, it seems they're going to have to wait even longer.
Venom is a gooey alien symbiote that bonds with a human host and imbues them with super strength, shapeshifting powers, and the ability to copy Spider-man's webslinging – but you wouldn't know that from Sony's dull trailer.
First introduced as a villain in the Marvel comics in 1988, the parasite became so popular that it has since morphed into more of an antihero, and a character that audiences are quite protective of.
Sam Raimi's incarnation of Venom, which corrupted Tobey McGuire's Peter Parker and Eddie Brock in 2007's Spider-man 3, was widely disliked by fans, which is why comicbook aficionados have been so excited about the forthcoming standalone Venom movie. Would the new film finally do their beloved fanged symbiote justice?
Well, it's hard to say. The teaser features the back of Tom Hardy's head as he moodily walks around, shots of him getting an MRI scan, and that's about it.
THE VENOM TRAILER: "There's a guy. And he's on the run. And s... something has happened, and boom dramatic music, and motorcycle, and... mm, lotta, you know, lotta grr, oh no."— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) February 8, 2018
ME: "Is there any Venom in it?"
TRAILER: "No, but it's cool, it's -- wow, some shit's happening."
If you don't know that you're watching a trailer for a comicbook antihero when you start watching the Venom trailer... well, you'll be none the wiser until the title card flashes up at the end.
That #Venom teaser seems less like a trailer for a film about a would be anti-hero/proto-villain and more about a guy being really angry about the medical bill he just received for an MRI and extensive tests that his health insurance won't cover.— Tom (@DarthInternous) February 8, 2018
In the studio's defence, the filmmakers' hands were tied to a certain extent. Due to the rights-sharing agreement that Sony currently have with Marvel, they weren't allowed to use Spider-Man in the trailer. Given that Venom owes some of its signature powers to Spidey, and it usually set up as a "dark version" of Peter Parker, this must have caused some difficulties, and it will be interesting to see how the "chaotic evil" villain is represented without its "lawful good" foil.
Still, one would think that that would be all the more reason to give a taster of what Venom looks like once it has infested its unfortunate host. For reference, here's what the Raimi incarnation of the symbiote looked like.