We’re deep into the anti-hero/villain protagonist comic book move trend now, with two Deadpools (he was a bad guy when he first came on the scene) and a Suicide Squad in our rear view mirror, an unknown but potentially infinite number of Joker movies ahead of us, and Venom just around the corner, now with a shiny new trailer to remind us of that fact.
One thing we can glean from this new effort is that, sadly contrary to our first impression, that’s not Tony Todd doing the voice, but clearly accent-loving Tom Hardy, here playing investigative journo Eddie Brock, whose life gets complicated when he bonds with an alien (presumably – it was in the comics back in the day) symbiote that gives him a full suite of superpowers – and a hunger for justice, vengeance and/or human flesh.
Judging from this latest marketing salvo, director Ruben Fleischer and his team seem to have fully embraced the dark, dorky I’m-angry-at-my-mum-and-listening-to-Slipknot tone of Venom’s ’90s heyday, and that’s probably for the best – that business in the convenience store with the armed robber works because Venom’s Gene Simmons tongue is lodged firmly in his toothsome cheek – played straight, it’d be ridiculous.
So, fingers crossed this manages to walk the tonal tightrope all the way to the end credits. Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze and Reid Scott, Venom is in cinemas from October 4, 2018.