The official Venom movie trailer came out earlier last week. I’ve been trying to avoid watching it like the plague, since seeing the original teaser had left a nasty venomous taste in my mouth. But with so much twitter chatter, I couldn’t help myself to check it out.
Since the original teaser was released, back in February, many fans have been disappointed with the absence of seeing Eddie Brock suited in the symbiote suit as Venom. It was also heavily criticised for looking to too generic. In the new trailer, we actually saw the first look of Venom.
Original Venom Teaser Trailer
The Internet reaction to the new trailer has not been positive. See the public tweets below. One of the biggest anger was the mispronunciation of the word ‘symbiote’. It was pronounced as ‘sym-BYE-ote’, correctly it should have been pronounced as ‘sym-BEE-ote’. I must admit when I first heard this I was rather annoyed of the mispronunciation. Although I heard an Australian mentioned they actually pronounce it as ‘sym-BYE-ote’. Personally, I feel ‘sym-BEE-ote’ is the correct pronunciation and canon. Marvel officially refers to this in the Spider-Man animated TV series.
I can’t stop thinking about how they pronounced ‘Symbiote’ in the Venom trailer. SYM-BYE-OTE.
— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) April 24, 2018
For those wondering if Venom connects to MCU Spider-Man, it doesn't.
It's set in an alternative universe where no-one can prounounce the word symbiote…
— Dave Flynn (@Dave_K_Flynn) April 24, 2018
The only thing I didn't like in the Venom trailer was how she pronounced Symbiotes ??
— Bon Bon (@LilBDiggitty) April 24, 2018
The new Venom trailer was pretty good! Way better than the first. However, they pronounced symbiotes wrong and it pisses me off.
— Nappa (@gzpch_) April 24, 2018
My thoughts after seeing the trailer
One of my major concern is the trailer reinforces why the standalone movie just doesn’t work with the absence of Spider-Man. Venom needs Spider-Man as a motivation plot and to play off the character Peter Parker. Venom is a dark reflection of Spider-Man, if Spider-Man fell down the dark path, he would have become the Venom.
How the original story goes is, Spider-Man rejected the symbiote because it was trying to assume control of his body and mind and lead him to become the villainous role. Instead, the symbiote found the disgraced journalist Eddie Brock, who had a grudge against Spider-Man. The symbiote fused with Eddie Brock and they became one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains. This is why Spider-Man is crucial to Venom’s character and existence. It feels Sony is taking the soul out of the source material and the film feels rather hollow. Even the characterisation of Eddie Brock seems more like a crusading journalist who doesn’t have the flaws of his comic book counterpart.
I love the villain Venom, when I grew up reading and watching Spider-Man animated TV series on Saturday mornings. The multi-part storyline of Venom the villain was one of the best story arcs at the time. My cousin would pretend to be Venom and I’d be Spider-Man when we play fight. So to see how Sony has disrespected this character and taking it out of context, is disheartening.
Besides the absence of Spider-Man, Sony has taken a darker approach to this movie and releasing it as an R-rated movie (under 15s are not permitted in the UK), which seems questionable.
Venom is a standalone movie and is not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or related to the new Tom Holland Spider-Man movie (Although it has been confirmed Tom Holland will make an appearance in Venom movie, most likely a cameo appearance). In my opinion, this is a rather poor decision, it feels like Sony is going at it alone, with no real consequences connecting it to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another Hollywood studio just trying to milk the cash cow.
A positive point, Venom does look the most accurate rendition of the villain we’ve ever seen on screen. Although some viewers do still feel he looked rather silly.
Looks like he’s eating a dick. https://t.co/CwvcPEAMeJ
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 24, 2018
I still think Venom could have looked more gruesome and terrifying. Some fans have gone on to develop the Venom look more accurately.
Sony does seem to have an obsession with Venom. It was actually Sony, who forced the original Spider-Man 3 director Sam Raimi to include Venom in the movie. Sam Raimi didn’t even like Venom. It did feel like there were too many villains in the Spider-Man 3 movie and Venom felt underdeveloped.
At one point, Sony even tried to make a collective Spider-Man villain movie of the Sinister Six. This was hinted at the end of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie with Andrew Garfield. But this fell through after the poor reception of Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Venom is just one of Sony’s many Spider-Man spin-off movies. I mean from a business perspective, why wouldn’t you want to keep making movies out of this famous franchise. Sony is currently developing Silver & Black, centring the femme fatale Silver Sable and Black Cat, both characters appear in the Spider-Man universe.
I certainly will be avoiding this film, unless it becomes free to view, it feels pointless to see a standalone film with no consequence or impact to the wider Marvel Universe. My major hurt is the disappearance of Spider-Man. Not sure if they captured the same essence of the character from the comics. It seemed more simplified with a darker tone. The trailer feels more like a generic car chasing action-packed film with an alien symbiote thrown in. A quick way for Sony to make a quick buck. Sony should have collaborated with Marvel and stayed true to the character so he could appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Obviously, it is poor judgement just basing all of this just on a movie trailer. But the tone and setting of this trailer isn’t particularly brimming with encouragement.
The Venom movie is set to be released on 5th October 2018.
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