The new trailer for Venom finally unveiled the symbiote in all his horrible glory - but while Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock isn't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he did borrow a little something from it. If the music in the Venom movie trailer sounds familiar, it's because it's actually the exact same music that was featured in one of the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Since Sony and Marvel made a deal that would allow Spider-Man to join the MCU, the rest of Sony's Spider-adjacent properties have become a little more complicated. Venom, for example, is a villain that is intrinsically linked to Spider-Man in the comics, but here he is getting his own solo movie with no Spider-Man in sight. There have been indications, however, that Sony is trying draw on the selling power of the MCU with the upcoming Spider-verse films. This latest trailer, for example, has a big Marvel logo near the start, with "In association with..." in smaller letters above.
The music track is called "Redshift" and was created by the production company Audiomachine, who primarily produce music for commercials and movie trailers. The version in the Infinity War trailer was slightly customized to incorporate the main Avengers theme. Check out the Venom trailer above, and the Infinity War trailer and original track below, to compare.
Venom's first teaser trailer turned out to be a bit of a damp squib when it was released earlier this year, since it didn't feature the titular symbiote in his familiar toothy form. This latest trailer has been somewhat better received, with comic fans impressed by one shot in particular when Eddie transforms into the horrifying creature with the line, "We are Venom." Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Venom is under a lot of pressure to prove that Sony's Spider-verse movies (which also include the upcoming Silver & Black) can thrive without Spider-Man.
Of course, it's not uncommon for the same piece of music to be featured in different movie trailers. Another one of Audiomachine's tracks, "House of Cards," was featured in the trailers for Gone Baby Gone, The Lovely Bones, and Changeling. The company's music is, after all, designed for use in trailers, and "Redshift" happens to be particularly well-suited to superhero movies.
Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the same song was featured in both trailers, or perhaps Sony was deliberately trying to tie Venom to the MCU in the minds of audiences. Whatever the reason, Venom will need more than just a familiar piece of trailer music in order to win over audiences when it releases this fall. Ultimately, Eddie Brock and his alien friend will have to stand on their own two feet.
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018