Tom Hardy is Venom in new Sony Marvel film

Since they co-own the Spider-Man movie rights, they can make their own movies with the characters independent of whatever Marvel's doing with them. A Silver Sable/Black Cat project is also being produced.

"Homecoming" is still two months away from opening, Sony is acting quickly to build its extended universe, which starts with the "Venom" movie. On May 19, Sony Pictures took to Twitter to officially announce the casting of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in an upcoming Venom film, which is set to be released on October 5, 2018. More on the full story below. Landing the role as Eddie Brock switches him from the DC side of comic films to Marvel.

Variety reports that Sony scooped up Hardy after his schedule cleared up following his departure from the troubled Triple Frontier.

Hardy, who is on the record as a huge fan of Venom, is a major get for the studio as they attempt to expand their Spider-Verse. This wouldn't be the actor's first time playing a comic book character. The actor has eschewed, for the most part, popcorn movies but did star as Batman villain Bane in 2012's Dark Knight Rises. Unfortunately the plot details about the movie are a bit scant at the moment, but with a release set for next year we guess we won't have to wait too long to find out. Fleischer was reportedly chosen for his ability to mix dark themes with humor in Zombieland and Hardy, holy cow.

Venom will have an R-rating. Audiences are going to see this with J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. What does a Venom movie without Spider-Man look like?

Hardy will play Eddie Brock, a freelance photographer who becomes infected by an alien lifeform that needs a host in order to survive.

Although Venom is widely considered one of Spidey's most interesting rivals in the comics, many felt that the character was wasted in 2007's Spider-Man 3. The anti-hero has also made numerous appearances in animated series and video games.

Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are in line to produce the Venom film. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures. No director is attached to that film yet.

Vanessa Coleman