8:46pm PT by Mia Galuppo
New 'Venom' Trailer Unveils Tom Hardy's Anti-Hero Transformation
"We are Venom."
So says Tom Hardy in the first full-length trailer for Venom, which debuted during Sony's CinemaCon presentation on Monday. Hardy plays the Spider-Man anti-hero in Sony's Marvel standalone, but in the previous teaser released for the film, fans noticed Hardy was not actually seen as the villain. At the end of the latest spot, fans finally got to glimpse Hardy's Venom.
The spot opens with Hardy as a go-getter journalist trying to a bag a big story about Dr. Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed. After confronting Drake, Hardy heads back to his apartment. "I don't feel well," he says as his transformation begins, leading to the big reveal.
Joked Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman after the trailer screened, "See, we didn’t actually forget to put in Venom in the movie."
Ruben Fleischer directs the film, with a cast that also includes Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze. Sony debuted a first-look trailer back in February, but it only included footage of Hardy as Eddie Brock, the human who becomes Venom after bonding with an alien symbiote. Fans had been itching for a look at Hardy as Venom.
Venom, which opens Oct. 5, is the first standalone to come out of Sony's burgeoning Spider-Man universe, which includes the upcoming Silver Sable-Black Cat movie Silver & Black. Gina Prince-Bythewood is helming the feature, which is set for a Feb. 8, 2019 opening date. Sony is also re-teaming with Marvel Studios for a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel with Tom Holland, due out July 5, 2019.
Watch the new trailer for Venom above.