Sony has released the teaser trailer for Venom, giving us our first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. However, the footage notably doesn’t include Venom himself. Why did Sony hold back the eponymous symbiote?

Last year, Sony Pictures surprised superhero fans by announcing a Venom solo movie that would launch their own franchise in addition to the studio’s deal with Marvel Studios to share Spider-Man. They immediately put Venom into production and announced further films starring other Spider-Man-related characters, like the upcoming Silver and Black featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat.

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Since then, there’s been a great deal of confusion over whether Venom ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige stating it doesn’t, while Sony producer Amy Pascal said the Spider-Man spinoffs are “adjuncts” to the MCU. Recent reports even stated Tom Holland would appear in Venom – as Peter Parker, not Spider-Man – which indicates Sony’s superhero films are loosely tied into the MCU.

Despite the confusion over Venom’s connection to the MCU, fans of the comic book character have remained excited for a live-action solo movie, hoping it will do justice to the antihero after Topher Grace’s performance as Eddie Brock in Spider-Man 3 left a sour taste in the mouths of many. Now, Sony has released the first teaser trailer for Venom, but instead of stoking the hype flames, it’s receiving criticism for completely lacking any actual Venom; there’s a brief shot of Eddie Brock’s arm being overtaken by a symbiote, but it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. And there’s a good reason for that. Here’s why Venom was absent.

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Was the Venom Teaser Trailer Rushed?

Venom Poster Wide Why Venom Wasn’t In The Venom Trailer

Venom isn’t released until October 2018, almost eight months from the first teaser. That’s a long marketing window for any movie, and the reason it’s so early is an opportunistic one on the studio’s part; it’s presumably being released now so that it could be attached to Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which hits theaters on February 16. As the next Marvel Studios release doesn’t arrive until Avengers: Infinity War in early May, if Sony wanted to have a Venom trailer attached to a related superhero picture, this was their only option.

However, as Hardy revealed on Instagram, Venom only wrapped filming recently. As such, it’s likely Sony didn’t have much time to turn around a full trailer for Venom, let alone put together fans’ first look at the symbiote. Although it’s unclear how exactly Hardy is bringing Venom to life in the movie, we do know there will be motion capture involved (the actor worked with motion capture expert/actor Andy Serkis). This means it’s likely the entire Venom character is mocap, or at the very least his head (something that would be incredibly difficult to pull off with practical effects).

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Between Sony wanting to attach a Venom trailer to Black Panther and the fact that bringing Venom to life likely includes a great deal of CGI work, it’s looking like the studio didn’t have time to finish a shot of the symbiote for the trailer. Even if the trailer scenes were from earlier in production (to allow post-production work to begin), it’s a tight window.

However, though a teaser trailer arriving eight months before a movie’s scheduled release was never going to reveal too much, there may be other reasons beyond time for why Sony held back Venom.

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