Venom Revealed? Soft Drink Ad May Feature First Look at Hardy's Symbiote

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Although the February teaser trailer for Sony's Venom didn't reveal the symbiote, much to the consternation of fans, we may at last have our first look at the shape-shifting alien from a leaked licensed product listing.

First, however, we have to note the image of Brisk's dark cherry limeade movie tie-in surfaced on a Venom fan blog on Sunday, April 1, so there's a possibility it's an April Fools' prank. However, it certainly looks legitimate, with FPO meaning "For Placement Only," which signifies to the designer or printer that a different or better image file will be provided.

The teaser poster for the Tom Hardy movie depicted Venom's unmistakable eyes, while the initial trailer closed with a stylized image that added the signature teeth. However, this drink label brings them together in an image that more closely resembles the character's traditional depiction in Marvel comic books.

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While the absence of Venom in the teaser trailer is likely due to incomplete CGI, it has sparked persistent speculation that the Spider-Man spinoff won't actually show Hardy in the Venom costume. The actor seemed to respond to those rumors last week, writing on Instagram, "just sayin Venom suit - myths usually asinine circulate about things usually by those who have failed to garner credible intel."

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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