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Here we see one of Carlton Drake's experiments, with Drake watching in fascination as a symbiote - a blue version with no immediate comic parallel - takes possession of a host. This seems to be a very painful experience for Drake's test subject, not the mad scientist seens to mind; he has a chilling smile on his face as he watches from a position of safety... for now.
According to IMDb, this particular symbiote is a character named Toxin. Curiously, Toxin is not one of the Five Symbiotes in the comics - he was actually Carnage's offspring. Toxin is the only symbiote Spider-Man has considered an ally, so it will be interesting to see if he's actually on Venom's side in the film.
Look carefully, and in a number of scenes you can catch a glimpse of Jenny Slate's character, a scientist who works for Carlton Drake. She first appeared in the previous Venom trailer, having turned whistle-blower and reaching out to Eddie in order to reveal what's going on at the Life Foundation.
Understandably, when Eddie first begins to hear voices he evidently believes he's going insane. These scenes appear to show him going through an MRI scan to determine the cause, although it doesn't look as though the symbiote approves. MRIs use strong magnetic fields and radio waves in order to probe the body, and in the comics the Venom symbiote has often been sensitive to such waves. It's possible that the symbiote is actually subjected to pain by the MRI scan, explaining why it takes over.
This is one of the key scenes in the trailer, with Eddie looking into a car window and seeing Venom's reflection. "What do you want from me," he demands. "You'll find out," the symbiote responds. In the comics, Eddie and Venom have usually had the same motivation - a twisted sense of justice or a desire to avenge themselves upon Spider-Man. In the movie, however, the symbiote may have an agenda all of its own.
That's a smart move on Sony's part as it makes the Venom symbiote into a character all of its own. This isn't just Eddie Brock, out-of-control and amped-up. Rather, he's bonded to another life-form, a being with wants, needs, and desires. The conflict between man and symbiote is a key theme in the trailer.