One thing we all missed was a shot of Venom… but as long as it’s better than this, we’ll be fine. Let’s break down the 3 most important things you may have missed from the Venom teaser trailer, shall we?
Be sure to take a crack at your own frame-by-frame dissection of the trailer, and let us know what we missed, but these are the moments that stood out to us the most.
#3: Symbiote Origins
Ok, no one expected we’d see the symbiote come from “Secret Wars’” Battleworld like it did in the comics, but nevertheless, the clever combination of origins that the trailer is hinting at is a bit of a surprise. Much like “Spider-Man 3,” “Venom” seems to be borrowing heavily from “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” However, the M.R.I. scenes may be borrowing from the re-imagined symbiote origins from the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics, in which the suit was created by Eddie Brock’s and Peter Parker’s fathers as a cure for cancer until Trask Industries took the project away from them. It will be interesting to see how the movie weaves together its own unique take while paying homage to the character’s past.
While we didn’t get to see The Lethal Protector in all his destructive glory… we did get our first glimpse of Michelle Williams as Eddie Brock’s ex-wife, Anne Weying. In the comics, the Venom symbiote bonded with Anne to save her life, turning her into She-Venom. With her new-found powers, Anne tore through a couple of common crooks and was shocked to discover the aftermath of her violent outburst once the symbiote returned to Eddie, leaving her completely traumatized. Months later, seeing Eddie again and witnessing Spider-Man in his black suit triggered Anne’s post-traumatic stress, and as a result, she took her own life. We likely won’t see this storyline play out, but expect a few Easter Eggs and subtle nods to Anne’s comic book past once “Venom” hits theaters.
#1: Life Foundation
There we a few references to the classic “Venom: Lethal Protector” miniseries, including the fact that, much like the comic book story arc, the movie will be taking place in San Francisco. But there’s another shot that may also be a nod to the villains of that storyline: the 5 symbiotes created by the Life Foundation. When we first get a glimpse of the symbiote as Riz Ahmed’s character looms menacingly over it, we can also see another jar that appears to have another symbiote inside it, as well as a team of scientists in the background. Could this mean that Ahmed is playing the leader of the Life Foundation and the man responsible for creating the other symbiotes, Carlton Drake? We’ll have to wait and see.
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