Tom Hardy Will Play Venom, Ruben Fleischer Will Direct

Tom Hardy To Star In 'Venom' Movie Spin-Off

It has now been announced that the movie will star Tom Hardy. Venom is an alien symbiote, a parasitic lifeform that latches on to a human host in order to survive, imbuing its meat condo with an array of superhuman powers that rival Spider-Man's. The movie will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) with a fall 2018 release date.

The long-gestating project is focused on one of the webslinger's most notorious antagonists, previously brought to life in Spider-Man 3 by Topher Grace. Hardy's villain, Bane, was the best part of "The Dark Knight Rises" (even the president was apparently a fan when it seemed like he ripped off Bane's speech), so we're into this.

News that Hardy would portray Venom quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, adding to the social media wind at Sony's back.

The Venom film is meant to be the first in a new shared universe of films from Sony using villains and other secondary characters from the Spider-Man canon.

Hardy will play Venom's first-incarnation, Eddie Brock, a journalist who falsely exposes the identity of a serial killer, only to have Spider-Man capture the real criminal.

In March a year ago, Sony announced that they would be creating a standalone film for Venom, a popular villain in Marvel's Spider-Man universe.

However, the new films will not crossover with Tom Holland's Spider-Man, soon to be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming this July.

Former Batman villain Tom Hardy is suiting up to take on another iconic comic book baddie. What does a Venom movie without Spider-Man look like?

Marvel and Sony made a deal in 2015 over the usage rights of Spider-Man.

Although the studio has been meeting with directors for some time, the actor selection process sped up after Hardy exited J.C. Chandor's action-thriller "Triple Frontier", and Sony saw an opportunity to court an in-demand talent. It is written by The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner, along with Scott Rosenberg.

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