Sadly its not possible to boot the full ISO, not sure about the minimal
possibly related to wayland not supported in vmware
The manjaro-sway project states:
That might be a reason. However starting the minimal ISO in virtmanager stalls out at the exact same point as @pheiduck so my conclusion is that this is could be a iso config error. Report it here: GitHub - Manjaro-Sway/manjaro-sway: 🚧 manjaro linux with wayland 🖼, sway 🌴 and a lot of ♥
It is likely not an ISO error - the ISO boots from bare metal - loading the Calamares installer immediately.
Good to know that it boots on hardware
Enabling 3D Accelaration solved this issue for me. Though Vmware is not going much further afterwards and Virutalbox breaks after first reboot.