– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Venom had a bit of an uphill battle with fans. Not only did it take place in some sort of nebulous place outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also featured no connections to Spider-Man. So when the first trailer dropped, it already had a lot going against it, and the pronunciation of the word Symbiote as “Sym-bye-ote” didn’t please many fans.

This led to many out there dismissing the film altogether, and while it did bother me a bit, personally, the fact did remain that technically that wasn’t an incorrect way to say the word, even if it was a bit awkward. However, when the film dropped, many were pleased to find the “mispronunciations” fixed. Many saw this as an instance where fan outrage had led Sony to either do reshoots or dubbing to fix the error, but was that actually the case?

I had a chance to chat with director Ruben Fleischer on the phone last night, and here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“I don’t wanna point fingers at anybody, but I will say that the way that the trailers are made is not through the editorial. They kind of take the footage and make their own trailers. They selected a take in which it was mispronounced, but that was corrected immediately on set, and actually we never had to loop any of those lines ’cause in the performance it was already pronounced as people expected to hear it. The take they chose happened to be one where it was mispronounced.”

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So there you have it. Like many problems, it was a simple disconnect between the creative team and the marketing of the film. It is unfortunate that the film got off on that kind of foot, but with it taking in $850 million worldwide, I don’t think Sony or Fleischer are hurting in any way.

What do you think of Fleischer’s comments? Did the pronunciation of Symbiote ever bother you? Let us know your thoughts down below!

And be sure to keep an eye out for my full interview with Fleischer over the next day or two!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.