See all of the posters for Sony’s smash hit comic book movie Venom right here. While Venom is one of the most iconic comic supervillains, it took a long time for him to earn his own solo movie. The first attempt came in 1998 when David Goyer wrote a script that reportedly would have seen Dolph Lundgren (Creed II) play Venom. This movie would have had no ties to Spider-Man, so a different origin for his spider emblem would have been provided.
A Venom spinoff was supposed to follow Spider-Man 3 but was canceled after the lukewarm response to his appearance in that entry. Eddie Brock was later intended to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 - with Channing Tatum linked to the part - which would have set up a future solo movie. When Spider-Man was rebooted once more to join the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, those plans were abandoned. After decades stuck in development hell, Venom finally got his own movie, which overcame mixed reviews to become a genuine blockbuster. Many put this down to Tom Hardy’s unchained performance and the buddy comedy relationship between Eddie Brock and Venom.
Sony also ran for a fun marketing campaign for the movie, so let’s revisit the various posters for Venom.
Venom Teaser Poster
Sony initially tried to play it coy while marketing Venom, keeping the character off posters and the original trailer. This backfired in the latter’s case, with fans angry that the film looked like a generic action thriller starring Tom Hardy than a Venom movie. This teaser poster, released prior to the first trailer, did a better job teasing the mystery of the character’s live-action look.
Venom Poster #2
The second trailer did a better job selling the tone of the movie, with this Venom poster promoting the literal split personality of Eddie Brock and Venom.
Japanese Venom Poster
This Japanese Venom poster gave fans a nice, up-close look at the character’s horrifying visage, with some fans arguing this poster did a better job building hype than any of the trailers did.
Final Theatrical Venom Poster
This final poster for Venom took a kitchen sink approach to marketing the movie, featuring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed alongside key scenes and loactions from the movie.
China's Boyfriend Venom Posters
Venom proved to be a massive success in China which may have been helped by this strange marketing campaign, where the monstrous symbiote is illustrated as the perfect boyfriend. They don’t do a great job selling the actual movie, but they’re a lot more fun than the other posters too.
In this first poster, Venom helps a group of friends take the perfect selfie.
Here he helps his girlfriend walk through the rain while holding an umbrella he’s morphed out of his body.
This time his many appendages come in useful for a shopping binge.
This final poster has him hold his girlfriend on a busy train while he’s made himself a handhold in the ceiling.