During Sony’s presentation at CinemaCon on Monday night, Tom Hardy introduced a new trailer for his upcoming superhero movie Venom.
The film stars Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, with Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams and Four Lions’ Riz Ahmed cast in supporting roles. Traditionally, Venom has been something of an antihero, and at times an outright villain, so it will be interesting to see how the character develops over the course of the film.
This latest footage provides an indication as to where Ahmed and Williams will fit into the story, with the former standing over the symbiote at the start of the trailer and proclaiming that ‘history starts today’. Ahmed’s character (Carlton Drake) has been positioned as the film’s main villain, with Brock accusing him of using vulnerable people as human guinea pigs, and Williams appears to be playing Brock’s love interest.
The brief snippet which this trailer provides suggests that Brock will be a far more fleshed-out character than we saw in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, with Topher Grace’s depiction of the character disappointing the majority of fans. Venom also has a much more interesting look than his 2007 counterpart, (which is to be expected given the advancements in computer-generated imagery), and it feels as though this treatment of the material will delve deeper into the psychological torment of merging with a symbiote.
Venom will hit theatres on October 5th 2018 and will look to out-earn recent films which have been released in that slot, such as 2013’s Gravity and last year’s Blade Runner 2049.