Well, this is a nice surprise now, isn’t it?
Though we knew Sony was holding a panel at San Diego Comic-Con tonight, we certainly didn’t expect any new Venom footage given that the last trailer just dropped a few months ago. That’s exactly what the studio brought with them though and we must say, this is a film that keeps sounding better and better.
Unfortunately, what was shown off for those in Hall H hasn’t been made available online just yet, but ComicBook.com was in attendance and shared the following description.
Eddie Brock enters a convenience store. He knows the lady here. She says he looks like s—. He’s not feeling well. She suggested to him previously that he meditate. At home, he puts a disc in his DVD player and while laying on the floor meditates. Flashes of him running through the woods kick in. He smacks his face on the couch. He pounds pills. He looks unwell and calls someone to say he’s feeling very sick. He awakens, startled. Later, he walks through an alley and sees Venom in the reflection of a car window before being flung against a wall.
Riz Ahmed’s character rules that human beings are disposable. Man and sumbiote combined is the future. He tests one on a man who is bent out of shape violently. Eddie is tested later. As a result, he brutally beats men in his apartment with Venom’s help. His motorcycle is sandwiched by cars but Venom holds them off.
Venom tells Eddie his previous life is over. Eddie doesn’t want to just hurt people. Venom emerges and talks to Eddie face to face. After Eddie’s body is bent and broken, Venom heals him and stands 10 feet tall. He holds a man up and licks his face.
Ahmed’s character is proud of his creation. Action scenes flash by. Eddie starts to come around on the power. His gal seems concerned about that. A woman throws spikes out of her back and into civilians at a market.
Venom’s arms turn into giant axes and he wipes out a slew of enemies. More action scenes. Venom fights Ahmed’s symbiote counterpart. Venom threatens to eat a man’s face off of his head who is bothering the woman in the convenience store. When he asks “What the hell are you,” half the face disappears and Eddie and Venom say, “We are Venom.” Then, he eats his head. Eddie emerges and says goodnight to the woman.
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Frankly, this all sounds fantastic and is a timely reminder of Hardy’s dual performance, not to mention the ways in which Venom takes inspiration from some of cinema’s greatest directors. That’s right, all throughout development, Ruben Fleischer has cited the likes of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg as major influences, creatively speaking, so it’ll be interesting to watch as that horror legacy is infused into Hollywood’s superhero genre.
It’ll also be fascinating to see Hardy tackle the dual roles, which is actually what drew him to Venom in the first place. He may be a Marvel Comics character, but everyone’s favorite alien symbiote is a far cry from the costumed crusaders populating the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that’s exactly what may help Eddie Brock achieve box office glory when Sony’s pic opens on October 5th.