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Watch the first teaser for Venom with Tom Hardy

Venom was born in the darkness, Bane merely adopted it

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first teaser for its Venom movie, with Tom Hardy in the starring role.

Watch Hardy, as the washed up journalist Eddie Brock, in the trailer above.

Venom marks the very beginning of “Sony’s Marvel Universe,” a cinematic setting of dubious definition. Sony has insisted that Venom will take place in the same setting as 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel, on the other hand, has insisted that Venom is not a part of the MCU.

That’s all a bit of this-mega-corporation said, that-mega-corporation said, but, in a nutshell, it means that you shouldn’t expect Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to be a huge part of Venom — running counter to the character’s origin story. Although, of course, Sony would like to keep fan hope alive of that great big crossover in the sky.

Can you make a Venom movie without Spider-Man? On October 5, 2018, when Venom comes out, we’ll know. And in the meantime, you’ll just have to watch the trailer.