After a teaser trailer in which he was conspicuously absent, Venom finally appeared in all his CGI glory on Monday as Sony Pictures released the first theatrical trailer for the upcoming Tom Hardy-headed Spider-Man spinoff “Venom” during its studio presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Watch it above.
The film follows journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes a powerful force for vengeance after he bonds with a symbiotic alien who aesthetically resembles a certain Marvel Comics wall crawling superhero.
“Venom” is the first in a series of planned “Spider-Man” spinoffs that Sony plans to release in coming years, including the animated Miles Morales film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,” due out December 14, and the Silver Sable/Black Cat spinoff “Silver & Black,” which has Gina Prince-Bythewood attached as director and is slated to be released next year.
However, those Spidey-spinoffs are unlikely to be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last summer during the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” press tour, Amy Pascal told journalists that “Venom” will take place “in the same world” as the MCU. But Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige fairly decisively shut that down, saying in a separate interview that “there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”
“Venom” stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, with Ruben Fleischer directing. It will be released in theaters October 5.