Tom Hardy Is Your Venom In 2018 Movie, Directed By Ruben Fleischer

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Ruben Fleischer will direct the film, which now has an October 5, 2018, release date.

Venom is considered one the greatest comic book characters of all time.

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.

We've also heard that it will have no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and therefore, no connection to Tom Holland's new Spider-Man. He's widely known for his portrayal of another well-known comic baddie - Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. And while he often has been a foil and antagonist to Spider-Man, The Wrap suggests that the Venom movie and any subsequent sequels would be separate and unrelated to the movies that are being co-produced by Marvel Studios. Hardy is also set to play the role of Al Capone in "Fonzo", and will reprise his role of Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: The Wasteland".

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Sony's long-gestating Spider-Man spinoff has just roped in a new star, Tom Hardy, and a new director, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). They are rebooting the main title with "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which opens July 7.

Are you excited about Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock? 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. 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.

This isn't the only villain-centric Spidey-verse film in the making.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal. Sony tweeted out this image with Hardy in a Venom shirt to announce the casting and that production is set to start in the fall.

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