Tom Hardy to Star in Sony's VENOM, Ruben Fleischer in Talks to Direct

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Tom Hardy to Star in Sony's VENOM, Ruben Fleischer in Talks to Direct
THR is reporting that Sony is making big moves to expand its Spider-Man franchise and have signed Tom Hardy to star in their Venom film. Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is in talks to direct the pic. The studio has already set on October 5, 2018 release date. 
 
Venom has been one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien vests its victim with incredible powers. He made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace.
 
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter of whom worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, wrote the script for Venom. Plot details are being kept in the black but Hardy, who is said to be a Venom fan, will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom.
So I guess this means I am just going to hold on to that #300 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man just a little bit longer then. 
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MikeMay 20, 2017 10:43 AM

I can't be the only one who finds it weird and a little sad how determined they seem to be to squeeze some kind of shared movie universe out of the little corner of the Marvel setting they have the movie right to, right? Especially since they haven't even been that successful at getting the main character established.

ManateeAdvocateMay 20, 2017 12:34 PM

I actually have three direct edition copies of #300. I doubt I'll ever let them go. I'm sure my kids will end up selling them once I'm long gone.

As for a Venom film? Hmm. I like the actor and director. Then I read who wrote the script. Pass.

FinnfangfoomMay 20, 2017 12:37 PM

Will this one cross-over with the most recent incarnation of Spider-man? If so, I'm interested to see how they establish a relationship between the two. Originally Parker and Brock are the mirror opposites of each other; same age, both photographers, and both gain unwanted powers. One chose to walk the path of righteousness based on his mantra 'with great power comes great responsibility, while the other turns into the dark, hate filled, raging antithesis of Spider-man by blaming the failure of his career on Peter. I can't see this happening in the movie. It would be much easier for them to go for the Flash Thompson incarnation of Venom.

chuckMay 22, 2017 1:06 AM

Should have given it to Joe Lynch,his Venom short is pretty damn good and a unique way of looking at the character.