The Venom Movie Has Chosen Its Star/Symbiote Host: Tom Hardy


Sony also announced this morning that the film will be released on October 5, 2018 and production will start this fall.

The Venom role will mark Hardy's second time playing a villain in a superhero flick.

"Hardy's Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom".

The site also states that Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer will be directing.

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Venom will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Coming Soon. In addition to appearing in the comics with Spider-Man, Venom has also been with Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and many more Marvel characters. It is written by The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner, along with Scott Rosenberg.

With Hardy and Fleischer now aboard, Venom will lead what's expected to be Sony's own unique sliver of the Marvel universe - one that will feature other famous Spider-Man rogues, and may include a Black Cat and Silver Sable film.

The existence of yet another Marvel movie universe (the third live-action film universe following the X-Men universe and aforementioned MCU), certainly opens up some interesting questions, perhaps the most pressing of which is how Sony will handle the Spider-Man situation. Venom is reportedly meant to be an R-rated, sci-fi horror take on the classic Spider-Man villain, who was portrayed on screen by Topher Grace in the last installment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. The studio is eagerly aiming to make the film's 2018 release date.

Tom Hardy gave us a pretty memorable - and quotable - turn as DC Comics villain Bane. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal, with Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing for Columbia Pictures. A former writer for the Daily Globe newspaper in the comics, his career was destroyed after he published a series of stories debunked by Spider-Man.