Obviously they’re carving away a lot of comics canon to get Venom to the big screen (again, following the widely-derided Spider-Man 3, which saw Topher friggin’ Grace in the role). How exactly this latest iteration ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is your guess as good as ours – this is a Sony joint, and although they pulled off some legalese voodoo to get Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into Civil War and then Homecoming, the situation here is foggier. Sony own the rights to Venom, and so if they want to do a Venom movie with no overt references to Spider-Man and his various amazing friends, they can.
The teaser – which is fine and foreboding, if a little generic – gives away very little, and neither does the official synopsis:
“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.”
…except to say that given Venom started out as a villain (and arguably stayed one – ’90s comics went dorkily dark in weird ways and elevated a lot of psychos to nominal “hero” status), perhaps that “lethal protector” bit speaks volumes. We shall see.
Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze and Reid Scott, and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom is in cinemas from October 4, 2018.