Plus, in what seemed like the biggest clue from the filmmakers, one of the crowd shots in the Life trailer was from Spider-Man 3 -- the movie that introduced the disappointingly Topher-Grace-like Venom.
Columbia PicturesWhich explains why that dude is using a flip phone in 2017.
It would also reflect other current movie marketing strategies. M. Night Shyamalan's Split surprisingly turned out to share a universe with Unbreakable, the Comic-Con screening of a new horror movie called The Woods revealed that it was secretly a Blair Witch movie, and Avengers: Infinity War features a Tobias Funke cameo, teasing some very interesting developments for the upcoming fifth season of Arrested Development.
When The Movie Came Out ...
Nope! It turned out Life was pretty much another Alien knockoff with fewer sideburns. That shot from Spider-Man 3? Merely an example of a studio recycling the same stock footage. Perhaps Marvel movies have taken over the entertainment industry to the point where we see them everywhere. It's almost surprising that no one theorized that The Greatest Showman would end with the reveal that Wolverine had been dipping his toe in the world of musical theater.
Though, to be fair, as this Vulture piece points out, Life ends (spoilers) with Jake Gyllenhaal piloting an escape pod to Earth with the alien on board ... so if they really wanted, Sony could still retroactively turn it into a prequel by simply giving his corpse a cameo in Venom.
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