Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for its Venom movie, with Tom Hardy in the leading role as the anti-hero.
Not much is known about Venom’s plot, but reports indicate it could take on the popular Lethal Protector storyline from the comics. That narrative pits Venom against the Life Foundation, a group that pushes the Venom symbiote to spawn several more variations.
Originally billed as one of Spider-Man’s main villains, Marvel Comics introduced Venom in 1984’s The Amazing Spider-Man #252. Although the character made his film debut in Spider-Man 3, this will be the first solo outing for the now-antihero.
Venom marks the very beginning of “Sony’s Marvel Universe,” a cinematic setting of dubious definition. Sony has insisted that Venom will take place in the same setting as 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel, on the other hand, has insisted that Venom is not a part of the MCU.
Venom hits theaters on October 5th.