In 2016, Deadpool broke barriers, becoming a huge hit as a R-rated comic book movie. After bringing in big numbers, Deadpool allowed for Logan to earn an R-rating. Obviously, Logan was recently nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards. So with R-rated comic book movies becoming a huge play, it was only a matter a time for another studio besides Fox to jump into the ring. Sony then announced a movie centered around the Spider-Man villain, Venom, which seems to be going for an R-rating. Today, Sony debuted the teaser trailer for said movie. The result? Let’s take a look:
Does the Trailer Work?
Sadly, it’s a bit underwhelming. There’s certainly an argument to make that this trailer is only the teaser and they’re building anticipation for the final reveal. However, the trailer itself isn’t really selling anything. There are shots of Tom Hardy running and cars crashing, but nothing is explained beyond Tom in an MRI machine getting tested. Nothing else. It’s always smart to keep things hidden until the full trailer, but this teaser needed more to grab the audience’s attention.
We get a glimpse at Riz Ahmed’s character with the Symbiote. However, the visuals don’t pop or offer intrigue to the casual moviegoer. Yes, there are many months before release and they have plenty of time to edit the effects, but why drop a trailer for a film that isn’t coming out until October if you have nothing to show?
What Did Sony Need to Accomplish?
One of the main issues that this movie is facing is that the film won’t include Spider-Man. That’s right folks, a Spider-Man villain movie that won’t have Spider-Man appear. How will this work? How is Sony making their own Spider-Verse without the web-slinger?
That also brings in questions in regards to who these villains will fight. Will they fight each other? Sony needs to have something to “wow” the general audience. This teaser doesn’t “wow” anyone. A view of Venom’s face followed by a “V” doesn’t cut it
Is the R-Rating Necessary?
Another main aspect is the R-rating. What is Sony doing here to earn an R-rating? We all know how Deadpool acted in his own film, and Logan had blood, violence, and language of its own. What can Venom bring in to earn its R-rating? By the teaser, it looks like a thriller, but Sony will need to crank it up. Venom is a horrifying villain, you need to strike fear in the audience.
The key here is that this trailer needed more. People are already skeptical (myself included), and a run-of-the-mill trailer will do nothing to fix that problem.
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