Move over Hallmark channel; there’s a new and improved Christmas Rom-Com coming to shelves this Christmas. In anticipation of Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage’s Blu-Ray release the studio has reimagined a trailer showcasing the symbiotic duo of Eddie Brock and Venom as part of a romantic comedy. Embracing the things that fans seem to love most about the franchise, series star Tom Hardy and Sony pictures have once again showcased the film’s intertwined love stories by re-editing the trailer to stage a winter wonderland story.
And this thing totally works. With some editing, it sure seems like Tom Hardy and Venom are in a very different kind of relationship. It’s hilarious. See the new trailer released by IGN below:
With bubble holiday music jingling in the background and snow flurries graphically scattered across the screen, we get to view the film from an ambiguous standpoint. While Tom Hardy was framed as the new antagonist in what was largely touted as a dark antihero genre, there’s no denying the similarities in both Venom films to those of rom-coms. The reimagine trailer does the perfect job of highlighting those aspects of Venom 2. While focusing on the complicated relationship between Anne, Brock, and Venom, the new trailer also showcases another love interest in the film’s villains -Cletus Kasady and Frances Barrison.
The first Venom film was released in 2018, focusing on the characters of Venom and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). When journalist Brock gains superpowers after becoming the host of an alien symbiote whose species plans to invade Earth, the two bond together in a hilarious way and ultimately team up to save the world. While the movie was not very popular amongst critics, general audiences took a liking to the ambiguously odd duo, prompting the studio to go ahead with the sequel.
Released in movie theatres on October 14th, Venom 2 displayed even more elements of a rom-com type relationship. As Eddie and Venom adjust to life sharing a body and getting on each other’s nerves like an old married couple, their implicit love for one another can be seen throughout the entire film. To further focus on the love story surrounding the pair, Sony released a deleted scene of Eddie and Venom bantering on the beach. In the scene, Eddie starts to open up to Venom, causing the outspoken parasite to declare “You do love me”.
This wasn’t the first time Sony showcased the franchise as a Christmas rom-com. Initially using the same tactic for Venom’s release, fans vastly approved of the studio’s quippy take on the anti-hero story. Director Andy Serkis himself expressed the film as a love story in Sony’s press notes saying, “The film is a love story – but not the love story you might think. It’s very much about the extraordinary relationship between symbiote and host. Any love affair has its pitfalls, its high points and low points…” Similarly speaking with Screen Rant, Tom Hardy cited inspirations such as The Odd Couple and The Seven Year Itch to draw out the heavily intertwined relationships surrounding both Eddie and Venom.
Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage comes out on Blu-Ray on January 3rd. And while newcomers to the franchise may be shocked to learn the film isn’t actually a Holiday movie, the dynamic relationships that Tom Hardy perfectly depicts are sure to please everyone.