'Venom' First Teaser: Tom Hardy Is Facing His Demons

Hardy's Eddie Brock screams in agony in the teaser narrated by the titular character depicter.

AceShowbiz - Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official teaser trailer of "Venom (2018)". Starring Tom Hardy as the titular character, the more than one-and-a-half-minute video highlights his human half.

"Everyone's got their thing. Maybe it's a breakup, a death, an accident. Whatever it is, you used to be one thing. Now, you're something else," Hardy says in the voiceover, as he is seen wearing a hospital garb and in an MRI machine, likely for an examination.

"We all have our own problems. Our own issues. Our own ... demons," he continues, while the scene shows him screaming in agony, hinting at his transformation. While his alter ego doesn't appear in the teaser, fans are teased with a glimpse of action scenes and the alien symbiote. There's also a look at Michelle Williams as Ann Weying, Eddie Brock's ex-wife.

Centering on the Spider-Man villain, "Venom" "is primarily based on the 'Lethal Protector' and 'The Planet of the Symbiotes' books," director Ruben Fleischer told the crowd in a video statement to audience at Brazil Comic-Con last December.

"Venom: Lethal Protector" was a limited series in 1993 written by David Michelinie in collaboration with artist Mark Bagley. Brock moves from New York to San Francisco where he's reinvented as more of antihero instead of a Spider-Man villain. "Planet of the Symbiotes", meanwhile, was a 1995 story focusing on Brock fighting an army of invading symbiotes -- a symbiote being the living alien substance that takes over Brock's body and transforms him into the vicious wall-crawler.

The script was written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Fleischer teased, "I can promise you bada** action, Venom's dark humor." He added that he "can also promise you an absolutely stunning performance by Tom Hardy."

Also starring Riz Ahmed as a lab owner named Carlton Drake and a potential villain, it has Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Reid Scott and Scott Haze in the cast lineup. The movie is slated for an October 5 release in the United States.

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