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In the moody first trailer for Venom, Tom Hardy has demons

Tom Hardy shows off his dark side.

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Everyone’s got demons — some may just be more of the alien Symbiote variety than others.

That’s the gist behind the first teaser trailer for Sony’s Venom. In the comic books, the character Venom is a major player in the Spider-Man universe, and his name can be used to refer to the villain or the alien Symbiote that turns its current host — there have been a few, but Eddie Brock is the key character — into said villain. While it’s unclear how much of that comic book mythology will carry over to the movie, the teaser previews a brooding Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), the sentient black alien Symbiote, and Brock’s imminent transformation into the villain known as Venom.

What we don’t see, and what fans are waiting for, is Brock’s actual transformation into Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom will supposedly take place in the same universe as 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecomingwhich was jointly produced by Marvel and Sony — possibly signaling a future clash between the two.

Venom will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.