VENOM: THE LAST DANCE - 5 Mistakes Sony Has ALREADY Made With The Upcoming Marvel Threequel

VENOM: THE LAST DANCE - 5 Mistakes Sony Has ALREADY Made With The Upcoming Marvel Threequel

We've already broken down the biggest moments in the Venom: The Last Dance trailer, but now it's time to take a closer look at the dumb moments which suggest Sony is repeating the same old mistakes...

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By JoshWilding - Jun 04, 2024 02:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Venom

The first trailer for Venom: The Last Dance was released yesterday and...well, it was quite something. It's a Venom movie, alright, and while it looks like an "epic" conclusion to the trilogy, there are signs of the same old problems. 

Sony Pictures has never quite managed to grasp this character, but Venom was a hit in 2018 and Venom: Let There Be Carnage also performed well despite being released in the final months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

That's given the studio a false sense of confidence and a belief that, no matter what fans and critics say, the goofy direction they've taken this franchise in is the right one. In this feature, we single out moments in the trailer which highlight the mistakes Sony has already made with Venom: The Last Dance

Click on the "Next"/"View List" buttons below to take a look through our points...

5. The Lethal Protector Goofball


Venom: Let There Be Carnage was an improvement over its 2018 predecessor, but even with Andy Serkis' direction, the script (and a PG-13 rating) let Cletus Kasady down. 

Still, the movie set the stage for Eddie Brock to become the Lethal Protector from the comics in a third outing, promising us a version of the character fans have been waiting to see on screen since Spider-Man 3. There's a glimpse of that in the Venom: The Last Dance trailer, but it's immediately overshadowed by silly comedy and Venom eating heads in a bloodless battle. 

Somewhere in the Multiverse, there's a Venom movie where Eddie Brock hunts down criminals and dispenses lethal justice while balancing his darker impulses and a desire to be a hero.

Instead, we get...this guy.

4. In The Multiverse Of Mediocrity


There may be an explanation for this, but similar to Morbius, it feels like this scene is meant to get fans excited about the prospect of Venom: The Last Dance taking place in the MCU. 

Trailers for the Living Vampire's movie teased Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man and the MCU's Vulture, only for the former to be absent from the final cut and the latter left shoehorned into the dumbest post-credits scene ever shot. 

Is this sequence meant to tease a Spider-Man: No Way Home retcon? If so, it doesn't make any sense whatsoever, but honestly, we think that's exactly what it's meant to do. We also don't believe Chiwetel Ejiofor's baddie can hop from reality to reality. 

Venom previously confirmed he knows of the Multiverse's existence and another daft nod to that follows...

3. Dr. Curt Connors Returns?


Yes, that's The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: No Way Home star Rhys Ifans in the trailer. And yes, we've heard he is indeed playing Dr. Curt Connors (and that the mother, daughter, and child spotted elsewhere are his family). 

He may be a wacky Variant from Eddie's world; however, far more likely is that he's the Curt from No Way Home who, like The Vulture, was sent home to the wrong reality. 

Unless we're meant to believe this is The Amazing Spider-Man's world...which it very well may be courtesy of a few retcons. That's probably what Sony wants us to think so they can build excitement for the threequel, anyway. 

His arm might have regrown thanks to the cure the Spider-Men made and, if we get Venom-Lizard, all will be forgiven. If Ifans has been cast as a random character despite previously playing Connors, it shows just how clueless Sony is. 

2. There's Too Much Going On


If Venom: The Last Dance is as chaotic and messy as its first trailer, we're in trouble.

We have a secret government agency that's collecting Symbiotes, Toxin, invading Xenophage (Symbiote-eating aliens), and what looks like a pretty cliched story of Venom protecting a family. Oh, and the aforementioned Multiverse teases, of course. 

Kelly Marcel has not proven herself a good writer with Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, so the fact she's stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut is a...unique...decision on Sony's part. 

After getting rid of Carnage in the second Venom movie - a perplexing decision - Knull or even Toxin and a resurrected Cletus Kasady would have been a strong way to end the trilogy. Instead, we're getting a bit of everything and would hazard a guess that most of it won't work. 

1. More Symbiote Villains And A Wasted Cast


We're trying not to make too many assumptions here but, c'mon, those Symbiotes are obviously going to come into play at some stage. 

Whether that means a version of The Jury possessed by the aliens or the debut of villains like Phage and Scream is tough to say at this stage; Symbiote on Symbiote action is about as inventive as this franchise seems capable of being, though. 

Then, there's the cast. After being wasted by Marvel Studios for the most part, Chiwetel Ejiofor looks to be playing a generic military man and Juno Temple an unconvincing scientist. With any luck, she'll become Scream and get to have some fun. Knowing Sony, it will only be a scene or two.

If you liked Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, chances are you'll enjoy this threequel. If you enjoy good movies, though, brace yourself for a bad time at the theater...

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harryba11zack - 6/4/2024, 2:55 PM
I guess Sony's checks aint as tasty as Disneys.
OptimusCrime - 6/4/2024, 2:58 PM
@harryba11zack - No, No, No!

Before Josh blocked me, he told me he was "the man featured on the Venom dvd"
He was so proud of himself.

No way he dares to talk bad about Sony..

He is "that man"
TheyDont - 6/4/2024, 6:21 PM
@OptimusCrime - I don't believe Josh is Tom Hardy.
WhatIfRickJames - 6/4/2024, 3:00 PM
What the heck is this farkakteh list? You haven't even seen the movie and you're throwing shade.
WruceBayne - 6/4/2024, 3:06 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - at this point I think he makes “articles” just to get people to nitpick it because it still translates to clicks.
Oberlin4Prez - 6/4/2024, 3:03 PM
Oh Josh, you never fail to disappoint.
DravenCorvis - 6/4/2024, 3:04 PM

If the movie ends up crap, fine.
If you see it, and you hate it, fine.

But to toss this amount of vitriol at a movie you've seen 2(ish) minutes of - and those scenes were out of context.

DravenCorvis - 6/4/2024, 3:07 PM
@DravenCorvis - p.s. - in the (unlikely) event this ends up enjoyable, will this list vanish?

Or, have you already made up your mind and you hate it already?
WruceBayne - 6/4/2024, 3:12 PM
@DravenCorvis - it’ll be a list of how Sony has followed the Marvel blueprint of success
ModHaterSLADE - 6/4/2024, 3:09 PM
#5 Should be #1. Hardy's obviously having fun in the role but it's hard to take anything seriously when the goofy humor overshadows the actually serious moments.
soberchimera - 6/4/2024, 3:13 PM
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was an improvement over its 2018 predecessor
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SuperCat - 6/4/2024, 3:19 PM
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KennKathleen - 6/4/2024, 3:19 PM
I'm guessing the multiverse revamp is due to negotiations going south between Disney & Sony. I expect this to be a little worse than the second, which is a little worse than the first.
willyburz - 6/4/2024, 3:30 PM
This looks so bad...Terrible! What a waste of a cool character.
Patient2670 - 6/4/2024, 3:31 PM
"We're trying not to make too many assumptions here but... 5 Mistakes Sony Has ALREADY Made With The Upcoming Marvel Threequel."

Really? Okie Dokie.
AnthonyVonGeek - 6/4/2024, 3:40 PM
This article….
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IronMan616 - 6/4/2024, 3:49 PM
Not taking the word of someone that gave The Acolyte 5 stars and shills for everything Disney.
Alucard28 - 6/4/2024, 3:51 PM
The only mistake is this movie existing.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 4:24 PM
Listen , at this point you either like this take & franchise or you don’t (and believe me , there are people that do) but the goofiness does have precedent…

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I haven’t been a fan so far personally but even I think some of these “opinions” are a bit premature such as a wasted cast (I hate that word) or Rhys Ifans being Connors for sure so let’s calm down a bit and see when the film comes out.

I personally think it does look a bit better then the previous 2 but that’s not saying much.
JustAWaffle - 6/4/2024, 4:40 PM
The REAL #1: Calling it The Last Dance.

My waffle wife (wiffle?) just said, “huh. That sounds kinda femmy.”
marvel72 - 6/4/2024, 4:43 PM
I will watch this probably on Blu-Ray because that's how I watched the last two.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 6/4/2024, 4:54 PM
We know actors can play multiple roles right?

Also what happened to just common sense with movies? Why does everything need to explained bit by bit like the audience is stupid ?

It’s the Sonyverse equivalent of the bar from NWH he left a piece there too
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 5:11 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - to me , it just feels like a a bit of stretch that he was in the same bar with the same bartender and also left a piece there but it could be possible also.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 6/4/2024, 5:52 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I mean it’s a multiverse where we’ve variants look alike and have the same occupation
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 5:55 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - true

I could still buy it even if it feels a bit contrived if that’s the case.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 6/4/2024, 6:05 PM
@TheVisionary25 - it 100% but I’m also over the super connected ness of everything so that’s also playing a part in my annoyance
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 6:06 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - that’s fair.
dragon316 - 6/4/2024, 7:00 PM
I agree with everything except for goofball part people say there venom fans but they forget what books are like movies show more comedy than books it’s same tone


Batmangina - 6/4/2024, 8:22 PM
BabyLasagna - 6/4/2024, 8:58 PM
So tired of the multiverse crap
Slotherin - 6/4/2024, 8:58 PM
These movies so far have wisely strayed from taking themselves too seriously.
I do wish they had done better by Carnage (who isn't a very interesting character anyway to be fair) but the goofiness is probably one of the things that has helped land these with audiences. Can't go too edgelord or people stop caring.
xfan320 - 6/4/2024, 10:51 PM
I want them to really lean into the fact this is a SEPARATE universe to anything we've seen before, that way, Rhys Ifans could be playing a version of Curt Connors in this.

Let's go ALL OUT on this last one. Have as many variants as possible, but keep it as it's own thing
Demigods - 6/5/2024, 5:15 AM
Mordo's in the military in the Venomverse?!
DemonTweeks - 6/5/2024, 5:24 AM
Hardy in a Tux just for a James Bond gag most likely

add more going on to this list as im pretty sure they havent even revealed the main villain in this trailer

would not be suprised at all if Andrew Garfield shows up at the end of this movie too

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