“Venom” Has Most Popular “Spider-Man” Trailer

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Venom has been getting some interesting buzz, as its first full trailer has gotten more hits than any other “Spider-Man” movie.

Two trailers for the film have already been released: the first just a teaser, the latter a full trailer. The latter, which can be seen here, currently has 64 million views according to Screen Crush, compared to 37 million for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and 28 million each for last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

For another comparison, the trailer has also beaten films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which got 50 million, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which got 55 million, and Iron Man 3, which got 62 million. Overall, Screen Crush estimates that it is the 20th most viewed trailer on Youtube, scoring just behind Thor: Ragnarok (66 million).

So it has been seen a lot, and many viewers like it. But not all buzz is good, and it seems like fans are still divided on whether or not the film will succeed.

Venom is set to be an interesting film. In the comic books, Venom began as a foe for Spider-Man. An alien symbiote that had once been bonded to the hero wound up attached to Eddie Brock, a man with a grudge against him, and set out for revenge against the webslinger. Over time, the character evolved into more of an anti-hero, taking on greater villains despite his own violent tendencies.

Since Sony has the movie rights to all Spider-Man characters, it now wants to spin off as many as possible into their own films, with Venom being the first to get that honor. In this version, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) will be a more sympathetic character, bound to a symbiote which is apparently created in a lab. Spider-Man will be absent, the film is not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the story will apparently skip the “villain” part and go straight to anti-hero.

That first teaser trailer was criticized for being rushed and thus not showing any of Venom himself (i.e., both Brock and the symbiote together). The newer trailer got more positive buzz, but some were still underwhelmed; it remains to be seen how well the movie will do when it’s released on October 5.

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