In addition to our initial clues as to the title character’s origin story, and the long-anticipated debut of the symbiote, Sony’s first Venom teaser trailer offered the first look at the film’s official logo.
The logo is based on the same one that has graced hundreds of issues of the character’s comic book adventures, though it has been chromed up a bit for the big screen. Until this point, the film has used a red “V” behind a Todd McFarlane-esque illustration of Venom’s head. While some assumed that was the film’s official logo — star Tom Hardy did wear a shirt with it, after all — fans will likely be more happy with a version that homages the anti-hero’s comic book roots.
Brock, and Venom, made his big-screen debut in 2007 in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, in which he was played by Topher Grace. Talk of a potential Venom spinoff began at about the same time. By 2008, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick — then known for Zombieland, but later for Deadpool — signed on to pen a script, for Gary Ross to direct. That version never materialized, though, and Sony rebooted its Spider-Man series with 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. The following year, Sony announced plans to expand the franchise beginning with films starring Venom and the Sinister Six, but those too faltered, and the studio struck a deal with Marvel Studios to co-produce another Spider-Man reboot, and introduce the wall-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.
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