A fan edited googly eyes onto Venom, putting a silly twist on Tom Hardy's symbiote. Even though Sony Pictures made a deal with Marvel Studios that allowed Spider-Man to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio is putting to use their catalog of Spider-Man related characters by developing their own superhero films. The first will hit theaters later this year with Ruben Fleischer's Venom, though a Black Cat and Silver Sable movie and a Morbius the Living Vampire film are also in the works.
Sony officially kicked promotion for their Spider-Man spinoff into high gear with the reveal of the full Venom trailer at CinemaCon earlier this week. Unlike the Venom teaser trailer that was released earlier this year, the full trailer offered fans a look at the eponymous symbiote - and the reaction to the movie's version of the anti-hero has been mostly positive from fans. Still, that hasn't stopped fans from having a little bit of fun with the movie's portrayal of Hardy as Venom.
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Twitter user Derek Faraci shared a GIF of the moment in the Venom trailer when Hardy's Eddie Brock is fully overtaken by the symbiote - except this GIF edits googly eyes onto the creature.The GIF is obviously much sillier than the tone that the Venom movie is aiming to achieve, but it's undoubtedly a funny spin on the fan-favorite Marvel Comics anti-hero. And with over 6,600 retweets and 13,000 likes at the time of this writing, Twitter users obviously appreciate Faraci's edit as well. Take a look in the tweet below:
It goes to show how different the reaction to Hardy's Venom is than how Topher Grace's symbiote from Spider-Man 3 is remembered. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy capper was - and still is - heavily criticized for its portrayal of Venom, but Fleischer and Hardy's version could be a much more well received live-action take on the anti-hero.
With that said, though, while the reaction to the Venom trailer has been positive, it remains to be seen if the full film will be well received by critics and moviegoing audiences. It's also unclear whether Venom will connect to the MCU. Though Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige downplayed the potential for it to connect, reports have since surfaced that Tom Holland will appear as Peter Parker. If that turns out to be the case, it would effectively confirm they exist in the same universe - specifically, the MCU.
Still, even if Venom isn't confirmed to be set in the MCU, fans are no doubt looking forward to a new take on the Marvel Comics anti-hero. And, as evidenced by Faraci's tweet, fans are already having fun with Sony's upcoming Venom movie, though they'll have to wait until October for the full movie to hit theaters.
Source: Derek Faraci
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018
- Silver and Black release date: Feb 08, 2019