Venom is a hard enough sell for a new superhero movie even if Sony did end up showing us the villain/anti-hero outside of his fleshy alter-ego Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy.
As it stood, the harsh and unforgiving fandom of the internet was not pleased with a trailer full of teasing that felt - just a bit - like it was there just to tease us for things that hadn’t been churned through the VFX company yet. One of the trailer’s vocal Twitter critics is also the creator of Deadpool (and Cable, X-Force, Domino, New Mutants, and about a million other folks), Rob Liefeld.
After noting that there is a suspicious lack of Venom in the character's own trailer, Rob went on a bit of a spree, burning Sony and saying what fans were thinking with the authority of someone who’s been in and out of the comic book adaptation world for a long while.
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He retweeted Robert Warners, who also had some cogent complaints about Sony’s recent superhero fare:
Then railed a bit on Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Tom Rothman:
...before finally getting to his magnum opus of criticism, which slams Sony for not looking in the mirror and understanding that Venom’s teaser was not ready for primetime:
When the competition is Deadpool, whose marketing presence has been revolutionary in terms of the modern superhero movie, Venom certainly has a long, long way to go.