Tom Hardy is getting jacked for ‘Venom’

Tom Hardy is starring in Sony‘s Venom movie, and with any luck, it’ll be very weird.

Venom is a long-running Spider-Man antagonist, making his live-action debut in Spider-Man 3. This reboot will be the first spinoff in Sony’s new Spider-Man universe, boasting a surprisingly respectable cast. Here’s everything we know so far, including a quick guide to who (or what) Venom actually is.

Who is Venom?

Venom is a symbiotic lifeform that bonds with the body and mind of his host. Marvel introduced him as an experimental spider-suit, joining with Peter Parker and giving him a convenient set of extra powers. Peter gradually realized that the “suit” was having a damaging effect, and after escaping its clutches, Venom moved on to bond with Eddie Brock, the character played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3.

Venom’s role is somewhere between a villain and a disease, offering a unique opportunity for horror-influenced storytelling. A Venom movie could use body horror like The Fly, or focus on the psychological aspects of hosting an invasive alien consciousness. Marvel’s solo Venom comic explores the complex and codependent relationship between Eddie Brock and his symbiotic partner, and the movie will probably do something similar.

Venom #1/Marvel

Before he joined forces with Venom, Eddie Brock was a journalist. In the first official photo from the movie, we see Tom Hardy holding a reporter’s notebook with questions about a pharmaceutical company called the Life Foundation.

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Venom movie cast

Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock and Venom, wrestling with literal and figurative inner demons. Michelle Williams will co-star in a rare non-indie role, playing Eddie Brock’s ex-wife, Ann Weying, a lawyer. Sony is keeping a lid on further information about the characters, with Hardy only sharing photos out of costume. At the moment, we don’t know what the Venom symbiote will look like onscreen.

Tom Hardy/Instagram

The supporting cast is similarly exciting, including Woody Harrelson and Jenny Slate in undisclosed roles, and Riz Ahmed playing Dr. Carlton Drake, head of the Life Foundation. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less), with a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey).

Tom Holland is rumored to have a cameo as Spider-Man, although that hasn’t officially been confirmed by Sony. If you’re wondering whether that means Venom is part of the MCU… keep wondering, because Disney and Sony aren’t sure themselves.

Venom movie news

In Sony’s first interview from the Venom set, director Ruben Fleischer shared a few hints including the fact the story involves Seattle (Eddie Brock’s hometown), and is based on the comics Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes.

On Feb. 7, the first poster for the Venom was revealed. The tweet from Sony Pictures was captioned “Tomorrow,” teasing the release of a trailer. We’ll keep you posted.

@SonyPictures/Twitter (Fair Use)

Venom movie trailer

We can expect a trailer sometime this summer, since filming wrapped at the end of January. In the meantime, fans have uploaded a few sneaky clips from outdoor film sets in Atlanta, including this scene between Eddie Brock and Ann Weying, and a moment where Tom Hardy wrestles with an invisible, pre-CGI symbiote.

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Venom movie release date

Venom comes out on Oct. 5, 2018.

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