Sony released their first trailer for the upcoming Venom movie and now Kevin Smith is sharing his thoughts.
In the most recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith and his cohost Ralph Garman weighed in on several new movie trailers, including the Avengers: Infinity War Super Bowl spot and the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. While both Smith and Garman were excited about those films, however, they had a very different take on Venom.
"I didn't see a Venom trailer," Smith said. "I saw Tom Hardy: The Movie."
Smith was referring to the fact that, in the Venom teaser trailer we don't actually see the titular Venom. Instead, we see quite a bit of Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock while the voice over -- done in Hardy's Brooklyn accent fans recall from his film The Drop -- talks about how everyone has their own issues and demons. The teaser also gives a look at the symbiote that will eventually turn Eddie into Venom, but we didn't see the two together. It's something that fans were quick to point out and that Smith did as well.
"I think, I mean, I'm all for like, hey we're seeing footage, so it must be real," Smith said. "It's a teaser, but you can't call the movie Venom and not show Venom."
Garman agreed, going even further to point out that it didn't seem like they had enough footage to really do a proper teaser.
"Yeah, don't tease a movie until you maybe have some more movie to tease," he said. "It seemed like they were short on footage."
Criticism of the lack of footage and the distinct lack of Hardy as Venom in the trailer aside, Smith had some questions about how the movie plans to turn Hardy's Eddie Brock into Venom. As Smith explained to his audience, in the Spider-Man comics, Spider-Man got the Venom symbiote from going into space for the Secret Wars where the symbiote served as sort of a living suit. When they got back to Earth, Spider-Man got rid of the symbiote who then connected to Eddie Brock instead, becoming the villain Venom. The character was so popular that, eventually, Venom became more of an anti-hero instead of Spider-Man's greatest enemy. Given that Venom isn't expected to connect to the MCU and Spider-Man is already a part of the MCU, Smith wasn't sure how the story in Venom would work but had praise for the look at the symbiote the teaser provided.
"So, there's been questions about how do you tell the story, like you can't tell it the way it was told in the comics unless you do the Secret Wars story, so everyone is wondering how the f*** is he going to become Venom and they showed the symbiote in the trailer trapped in the glass jar," Smith said. "It looked kind of badass."
Venom currently enjoys a 3.74 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings, which you can submit your vote for here. That places it in the #11 spot.
Venom is currently scheduled to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.