With Tom Holland’s newly rebooted Peter Parker/Spider-Man set to swing his way into theatres in Spider-Man: Homecoming this July, Sony Pictures is keen to make another go of setting up a shared Spidey universe, this time with Marvel’s help. Having reached a deal with the superhero studio in late 2015, Sony now has the benefit of retaining their rights to the web-slinger along with the added bonus of his status as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last year, we got confirmation that a Venom movie was being planned but was to have no ties to the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man continuity, a seemingly odd choice, but following the reveal of new information surrounding the project it may not be so odd at all.
Audiences first saw Eddie Brock/Venom (and the alien symbiote storyline) in director Sam Raimi’s beloved Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, but the character was introduced in the series’ third film which did not live up to the standards that fans had come to expect, particularly following the success of Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man 3 ultimately confined Venom by squeezing him in as one of three antagonists featured in the movie (a similar blunder to the studio’s most recent The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and the character could not really be done the justice he deserved, being such an important figure in the comics.
Sony Pictures has now posted an official confirmation of its Venom production, and announced that Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy will take the central role as Eddie Brock/Venom in the film. The Twitter post also revealed Venom’s scheduled release date, October 5th, 2018, which may seem a little ambitious to some but chances are that the movie is already well on its way to the start of production. A photo showing Hardy wearing a Venom shirt was included in the post:
Hardy is no stranger to comic book films, having appeared as Batman villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Much like Bane, Venom presents a dangerous physical threat and Marvel Comics fans will be aware of just how formidable of an opponent he is, even for Spider-Man (although the two may not appear on-screen together). The movie does present Hardy with his own lead character role in a new franchise, which surely played a big part in the 39-year-old actor taking the part given that he is famously very select about the roles that he takes.
As for the moment, the film’s separation from the MCU indicates that it will be a darker affair, with many new sources speculating that the film could be rated R (15/18), which given the character’s nature, and the success of recent R-rated comic book movies does seem more likely than not at this point. The news also comes with confirmation of the appointment of Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, who is evidently no stranger to fantasy action films. Fleisher and Hardy clearly believe in the Venom project and fans can certainly take that in great confidence.
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Venom is being eyed for an October 5th, 2018 release date.