WATCH: "Venom" Trailer Has Tom Hardy Grappling With His Inner Demons

“Venom” Trailer: Tom Hardy Grapples With His Inner Demons

The trailer for Ruben Fleischer’s “Venom” has just dropped, and it leaves me as conflicted as the film’s titular (anti)-hero. You can watch it by hitting the play button above. Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, who, from the looks of the trailer, feels like an odd, ingenious mix of broody and zany as he slithers his way into a sketchy biochem company, led by the corpo-baddie, Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Through the thick of it, the trailer feels a little rough around the edges; Hardy’s presence hardly pulls it through.

With that said, I’m still positively hopeful about the film. Fleischer has made a promising debut with 2009’s “Zombieland”, and has yet to follow-through with one that’s at-par with what that film brought to the table. Here’s the official synopsis for “Venom”.

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

The project is in an interesting position. Everyone’s left in the dark whether it will actually be set on the same universe as Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, seeing that he’s credited for a “rumored” role on the film’s IMDb page. Of course, that’s unlikely, being that “Venom” isn’t a Marvel-produced film and therefore not an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU. Sony still has the rights to a few characters from the Spiderverse, but it can very well see its plans fall through altogether. Or Sony can just as easily pull the rug from under us and deliver on what would be the superhero movie crossover event of the year.

Along with the official trailer, Sony has also unveiled an official key art for the film, which looks great, making an obvious nod to this iconic “Spider-Man 2” poster.

WATCH: "Venom" Trailer Has Tom Hardy Grappling With His Inner Demons

“Venom” opens in theaters on October 5, 2018. It also stars Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson.

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