Watch the action-packed teaser trailer for "Venom" starring Tom Hardy

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Today brings our first look at October's Venom spin-off, an R-rated take on the character directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy. A deal between Sony and Marvel returned Spider-Man himself to the Marvel Cinematic Universe a year ago, but Sony is also trying to build a separate franchise around related characters like Venom, Silver Sable and Black Cat. Plot details are still sparse, but we know the thriller is based on Venom's first solo book, 1993's Venom: Lethal Protector. According to Marvel, the venom parasite creates a symbiotic relationship between man and alien, resulting in a gooey being.

After being Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy returns to the superhero genre, playing the anti-hero, a bitter journalist Eddie Brock.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of the affiliated links. Here's 80 seconds of Tom Hardy walking around and quick cuts of a handful of action scenes.

We don't get much in the way of story in the teaser that dropped Thursday, though we can piece some things together. Interestingly enough, it's never really clarified in-teaser that the V stands for Venom (unless you count the poster at the end). In it, Spider-Man's most famous villain finds himself starting anew in San Francisco after leaving NY. "We all have our own problems, our own issues, our own... demons".

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To put it kindly, "Spider-Man 3" had its faults. We can see Michelle Williams' character for the first time, and it's assumed that she will play the love interest for Hardy's character.

Venom hits theaters on October 5. Do you like what you've seen so far?

Check out the teaser trailer below - though fans hoping to catch their first glimpse of Hardy suited up in the symbiote will be sadly disappointed.

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