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New ‘Venom’ Trailer Finally Reveals Tom Hardy’s Sinister Villain

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The classic Spider-Man nemesis is getting his/its own film, so strap in, all you anti-hero enthusiasts – we finally got a nibblet of Tom Hardy as Venom and it's what a lot of people were clamoring for. Check out the new trailer, if only for Hardy's unearthly inner monologue:

"We are Venom." Heck yeah, you (both) are. The trailer dropped at CinemaCon yesterday, with Hardy, director Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland fame) and costars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed onsite to promote.

“I just have to say, being a part of this movie and playing Venom is truly a dream come true for me, because to be brutally honest, I was looking to do a movie that initially my son could watch,” Hardy told the audience. “It appealed massively to me because he’s one of my favorite characters, and I chased after this movie both for me…and for my son.”

"“There’s no character out there quite like Venom; he’s the most awesome character in Marvel history,” said Fleischer.

Venom is actually two entities – scrappy reporter Eddie Brock and a mysterious alien substance called 'the symbiote' (pronounced "Sim-BEE-ote"). Originally Spider-Man's chief antagonist, the complicated dance between Sony and Marvel means that Hardy's Venom will exist outside the familiar Tom Holland Spider-Man and Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead the film takes significant cues from the 1993 run of Venom: Lethal Protector comics series wherein Eddie Brock finds himself in San Fransisco and becomes more of an anti-hero than a villain to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

The fans, especially the legion of comics devotees who've been following Venom for decades, hit the internet to discuss. 

Plenty of old-school fans dialed in on one very specific nuisance, though. Despite it being in the dictionary and everything, there's a word that gets mispronounced a lot.

Seriously, this is a big sticking point for tons of people (and the actual dictionary). 

Sure, it looks awesome and Tom Hardy is basically a living, breathing gift to our shared planet. But plenty of folks familiar with Venom's comics origins had a qualm with the lack of Spidey.

Hardyphiles had one pointed film critique that might explain everything.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly


Written by Chet Dawson

Reformed ruffian.