Image copyright Tom Hardy 2017
Ahead of July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Marvel reboot, Sony Pictures announced the actor set to take on the role of Venom in their upcoming solo outing for the Symbiote supervillain/part-time anti-hero, as well as announcing the movie’s director.
Sony was pleased to announce that none other than Tom Hardy would be the man behind that tongue when the solo outing finally comes out around October of next year.
As we have already discussed awhile ago (the 15th May to be precise), the Venom movie will not be connected to the MCU, but rather as an expansion of the Spider-Man franchise, which may even include the Sinister Six movie which has been in the pipelines for a good few years already.
No news yet on whether this Spider-Man Universe would be based on the Amazing Spider-Man movie which starred Andrew Garfield, or the Marvel Spider-Man starring Tom Holland anthologies, but it would still be interesting to see how these enemies/rivals of Spidey would exist in a world without the webbed wonder.
The director that Sony have decided upon is Ruben Fleischer, who has previously directed the 2009 movie Zombieland which starred Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson, before moving on to the 2011 movie 30 Seconds or Less which featured Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, and Aziz Ansari, and 2013’s Gangster Squad with Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, and Josh Brolin – certainly a director who has his favourite actors.
Venom will be Tom Hardy’s second superhero outing as he famously played Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises opposite Christian Bale’s Batman.
Sony looks to bring the Venom solo movie out sometime around 5th October 2018, subject to change of course.