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Tom Hardy is Venom for Sony & Marvel's new Ruben Fleischer directed film

05.19.2017

And just like that, Friday afternoon is alive with the sound of major comic book casting news! It's being reported that MAD MAD: FURY ROAD superstar Tom Hardy is in final negotiations to be cast as the lead for director Rubin Fleischer's (ZOMBIELAND) Spider-Man villain-related film VENOM!

You heard me, Hardy will assume the role of antihero Eddie Brock/Venom for Sony and Marvel's planned "Spiderverse." As far as we know, VENOM is set to be the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters. In the film, Hardy's Eddie Brock will form a relationship with an alien symbiote, which later evolves into Brock becoming the hulking, crazed badass Venom. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing Venom along with Amy Pascal.

Additionally, Sony also announced this morning that the film will be released on Oct. 5, 2018 and production will start this fall.

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Extra Tidbit: Venom's suit is powered by his hatred for Spider-Man. The reason for this is that the symbiote was first rejected by the wall-crawler before attaching itself to Eddie Brock.

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12:12PM on 05/20/2017

Yes!!!

No more scrawny venom. This better be full on Eddie Brock, like the size of Bane (or at least the suit better be jacked). Its odd we wont see Spidey and its being forced into an R rating for no reason other than to follow a trend. I'm all in for Hardy though.
No more scrawny venom. This better be full on Eddie Brock, like the size of Bane (or at least the suit better be jacked). Its odd we wont see Spidey and its being forced into an R rating for no reason other than to follow a trend. I'm all in for Hardy though.
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6:23AM on 05/20/2017
I don't know what it is, but I feel Tom deserves better and he'll probably sleep-walk this role. Yes! I know Venom is badass but they should have gone with a relatively unknown like oh, I dunno Zach McGowan....? *wink*
I don't know what it is, but I feel Tom deserves better and he'll probably sleep-walk this role. Yes! I know Venom is badass but they should have gone with a relatively unknown like oh, I dunno Zach McGowan....? *wink*
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11:32PM on 05/19/2017
This is great news, I was just really hoping he'd be cast as the next Wolverine. But still, this is great news!
This is great news, I was just really hoping he'd be cast as the next Wolverine. But still, this is great news!
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7:38PM on 05/19/2017

Read Sony's announcement -- they make it clear that this IS part of the MCU!

This is great casting. The much bigger news though is that in the article you link to, they also note that Venom is from Sony’s Marvel Universe and is not a spinoff but the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters. So whether he shows up in something like Captain America or not, this Venom will be part of the MCU.
This is great casting. The much bigger news though is that in the article you link to, they also note that Venom is from Sony’s Marvel Universe and is not a spinoff but the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters. So whether he shows up in something like Captain America or not, this Venom will be part of the MCU.
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8:09PM on 05/19/2017
Thanks for pointing that out, that is a much bigger story. But the fact remains that Kevin Fiege's name hasn't been attached yet so at the very best this will connect to the MCU as much as Daredevil does, i.e. this project will try really hard to associate itself with the MCU while the rest of the MCU won't even acknowledge its existence. This will probably be an even more distant relative to the MCU than Daredevil in the sense that this is solely a Sony endeavor. Whether or not Tom Holland is
Thanks for pointing that out, that is a much bigger story. But the fact remains that Kevin Fiege's name hasn't been attached yet so at the very best this will connect to the MCU as much as Daredevil does, i.e. this project will try really hard to associate itself with the MCU while the rest of the MCU won't even acknowledge its existence. This will probably be an even more distant relative to the MCU than Daredevil in the sense that this is solely a Sony endeavor. Whether or not Tom Holland is involved in any capacity will be the biggest connection.
8:34PM on 05/19/2017
Yeah, I have no whether we'll ever see him in the mainstream MCU films, but at last he exists in the same word as Holland's Spidey so you can bet money we'll see the two of them cross paths at some point which is all I'm really worried about. Seeing Ironman or Cap meet Venom? Yeah, sure I guess that'd be cool but not really necessary but the two Toms as Spidey and Venom? That's what I'm talking about. I am just slightly bummed though that this means we probably won't see a proper take on black
Yeah, I have no whether we'll ever see him in the mainstream MCU films, but at last he exists in the same word as Holland's Spidey so you can bet money we'll see the two of them cross paths at some point which is all I'm really worried about. Seeing Ironman or Cap meet Venom? Yeah, sure I guess that'd be cool but not really necessary but the two Toms as Spidey and Venom? That's what I'm talking about. I am just slightly bummed though that this means we probably won't see a proper take on black suit Spider-Man (unless Spidey gets the black suit after beating Venom or somthing).
8:37PM on 05/19/2017
Upon further searching, Deadline didn't break the news THR did and this is in their original article; "Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, something that is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland." So I guess when they say "Sony Marvel Universe" they really mean Sony's Marvel universe. Very sneaky verbiage there. Tom Hardy is one of the best out there, we can still hope for a good movie
Upon further searching, Deadline didn't break the news THR did and this is in their original article; "Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, something that is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland." So I guess when they say "Sony Marvel Universe" they really mean Sony's Marvel universe. Very sneaky verbiage there. Tom Hardy is one of the best out there, we can still hope for a good movie even if it's not an MCU film.
8:46PM on 05/19/2017
Sorry, the THR article I found was old from a year ago. So that was their plan back then, but a lot happens in a year, so this could still be an MCU film, my bad!
Sorry, the THR article I found was old from a year ago. So that was their plan back then, but a lot happens in a year, so this could still be an MCU film, my bad!
8:59PM on 05/19/2017
Luke - I've read a few of the reports now, and nothing says the film is part of the MCU, but part of the Sony Marvel Universe. That's not the same thing.
Luke - I've read a few of the reports now, and nothing says the film is part of the MCU, but part of the Sony Marvel Universe. That's not the same thing.
5:34PM on 05/19/2017
This is great casting news...
... but I'd be more excited if Venom was part of the MCU.
I hope - at the very least - they get Tom Holland in there as Spidey. (I'm not sure I like the idea of building a Spider-Man universe without the central character). I worry that we'll get a repeat of the 'Quicksilver' case, with one actor for Sony and another for MCU.
This is great casting news...
... but I'd be more excited if Venom was part of the MCU.
I hope - at the very least - they get Tom Holland in there as Spidey. (I'm not sure I like the idea of building a Spider-Man universe without the central character). I worry that we'll get a repeat of the 'Quicksilver' case, with one actor for Sony and another for MCU.
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7:41PM on 05/19/2017
I don't know why the article was so vague, the Deadline article that it links to actually makes it very clear that Sony stated this is not a spinoff, as previously announced, but the first movie after Spider-Man in its MCU connected films. That should be right in the headline if you ask me.
I don't know why the article was so vague, the Deadline article that it links to actually makes it very clear that Sony stated this is not a spinoff, as previously announced, but the first movie after Spider-Man in its MCU connected films. That should be right in the headline if you ask me.
11:06AM on 05/20/2017
Except the article never states that this will be part of the MCU. It reads that it will be part of Sony's Marvel universe. That's not the same thing. So it probably wouldn't be a good idea to proclaim it as part of the MCU when the source is ambiguous on that.
Except the article never states that this will be part of the MCU. It reads that it will be part of Sony's Marvel universe. That's not the same thing. So it probably wouldn't be a good idea to proclaim it as part of the MCU when the source is ambiguous on that.
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5:33PM on 05/19/2017
I don't want to say I'm "skeptical" about this project, it's more that I'm legit curious as to how this movie happens without Spider-Man. That being said, Tom Hardy seems like he's got enough star power in Hollywood to land just about any role he wants, and he's yet to really disappoint me with his role choices, so I'm hoping there's something cool and unique that drew him in (besides a huge paycheck, I'm assuming.

Also, if you haven't seen the short "Truth in Journalism", it's a pretty
I don't want to say I'm "skeptical" about this project, it's more that I'm legit curious as to how this movie happens without Spider-Man. That being said, Tom Hardy seems like he's got enough star power in Hollywood to land just about any role he wants, and he's yet to really disappoint me with his role choices, so I'm hoping there's something cool and unique that drew him in (besides a huge paycheck, I'm assuming.

Also, if you haven't seen the short "Truth in Journalism", it's a pretty cool homage to "Man Bites Dog" and interesting version of Venom with out Spider-Man. [link]
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7:47PM on 05/19/2017
I feel like a broken record re-posting this on every comment, but if you read the actual deadline article the much bigger news is that Sony themselves have stated that this "won't be a spinoff" as previously reported, but instead will be their second combined MCU film, in an attempt to create their own mini Spidey-verse within the MCU. So I don't know if Spider-Man will directly appear in this one, but one way or another it will technically be part of the MCU and you can bet that he and
I feel like a broken record re-posting this on every comment, but if you read the actual deadline article the much bigger news is that Sony themselves have stated that this "won't be a spinoff" as previously reported, but instead will be their second combined MCU film, in an attempt to create their own mini Spidey-verse within the MCU. So I don't know if Spider-Man will directly appear in this one, but one way or another it will technically be part of the MCU and you can bet that he and Spider-Man will cross paths at some point.
5:07PM on 05/19/2017

No thanks

Shitty studio, shitty director, shitty producer, shitty writer, good but overused actor. Not a recipe for success.
Shitty studio, shitty director, shitty producer, shitty writer, good but overused actor. Not a recipe for success.
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5:06PM on 05/19/2017
Hardy really has a thing for playing superhero villains I guess. After playing Bane, he was also in talks for Suicide Squad (I think as Captain Boomerang). Now Venom. While I like the casting, the best way to tell the story is probably over a few films, starting with Spider-man's encounter with the symbiote, then leading to Venom and later Carnage. Of course Sony is going for a quick money-grab. Most people aren't interested in a solo venom film.
Hardy really has a thing for playing superhero villains I guess. After playing Bane, he was also in talks for Suicide Squad (I think as Captain Boomerang). Now Venom. While I like the casting, the best way to tell the story is probably over a few films, starting with Spider-man's encounter with the symbiote, then leading to Venom and later Carnage. Of course Sony is going for a quick money-grab. Most people aren't interested in a solo venom film.
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7:51PM on 05/19/2017
They will be since per the Deadline article that this one cites, it will be part of the MCU just like Homecoming is. If people will turn out for an Ant-Man MCU movie, they'll turn out for a Venom one.
They will be since per the Deadline article that this one cites, it will be part of the MCU just like Homecoming is. If people will turn out for an Ant-Man MCU movie, they'll turn out for a Venom one.
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4:50PM on 05/19/2017

We are VENOM!!

great News!!
great News!!
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4:38PM on 05/19/2017
This is possibly the best news I have heard in months. I am 100% in love with this, so my girlfriend and my right hand won't be needed for a while.
This is possibly the best news I have heard in months. I am 100% in love with this, so my girlfriend and my right hand won't be needed for a while.
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4:15PM on 05/19/2017
This casting got me really excited but then I saw Avi Arad attached as a producer and stopped caring again.
This casting got me really excited but then I saw Avi Arad attached as a producer and stopped caring again.
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3:50PM on 05/19/2017

Exceptional Casting

Great news for Spidey fans. Just praying they merge him into the spiderverse MCU is currently putting on. Otherwise I'm confused how this will work.
Great news for Spidey fans. Just praying they merge him into the spiderverse MCU is currently putting on. Otherwise I'm confused how this will work.
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8:06PM on 05/19/2017
The Deadline article that this links to say that, according to Sony, the "film is not a spinoff" but "the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe." Marvel will be involved in this to the same extent as they are in Homecoming and it will be part of the MCU (although I don't know if we'll necessarily see Venom crossing over into the mainstream Marvel films). The JoBlo article seems kind of unclear about this, but the article it cites is very clear on the subject which is why it
The Deadline article that this links to say that, according to Sony, the "film is not a spinoff" but "the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe." Marvel will be involved in this to the same extent as they are in Homecoming and it will be part of the MCU (although I don't know if we'll necessarily see Venom crossing over into the mainstream Marvel films). The JoBlo article seems kind of unclear about this, but the article it cites is very clear on the subject which is why it mentions that this is for "Sony and Marvel's new film."
3:49PM on 05/19/2017
Great casting... But I still don't think there should be a Venom solo movie until there's one that's related to Spiderman first. The extra tidbit speaks to reasons behind this. I wish they would make a great Spidey movie with Venom first.
Great casting... But I still don't think there should be a Venom solo movie until there's one that's related to Spiderman first. The extra tidbit speaks to reasons behind this. I wish they would make a great Spidey movie with Venom first.
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3:34PM on 05/19/2017
If this actually happens, this will be huge.
If this actually happens, this will be huge.
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3:19PM on 05/19/2017
Great choice. Hardy will own as Venom.
Great choice. Hardy will own as Venom.
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2:47PM on 05/19/2017

Sam Raimi's biggest mistake was not respecting the Venom character

This is awesome news. Tom Hardy is perfect for Eddie Brock and I have high hopes for the film. I'm still a little confused as to how this film ties into the larger Marvel Universe or if this thing will start a micro-universe that stands on its own. If this is unrelated, I'd like to see it rated R. I think Sam Raimi's biggest mistake with the Spidey franchise was totally discounting the character of Venom. He saw Venom as simply the 90s phase of creating villain sets with opposite powers and he
This is awesome news. Tom Hardy is perfect for Eddie Brock and I have high hopes for the film. I'm still a little confused as to how this film ties into the larger Marvel Universe or if this thing will start a micro-universe that stands on its own. If this is unrelated, I'd like to see it rated R. I think Sam Raimi's biggest mistake with the Spidey franchise was totally discounting the character of Venom. He saw Venom as simply the 90s phase of creating villain sets with opposite powers and he found the character uninteresting. Since he saw Venom as only an opposite, he figured why not change him into a similar nerd like character to Peter Parker and cast Topher Grace. Big mistake! Glad we will finally get a true big cinema Venom that the fans want.
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3:15PM on 05/19/2017
It wasn't Raimi's fault. The studio forced and pressed Raimi to use Venon for Spider Man 3 when he didn't really want to. I'm sure he could have done a great job with Venom and his storyline for a future sequel if given the proper time and character development which also didn't include worrying about two other villains instead.
It wasn't Raimi's fault. The studio forced and pressed Raimi to use Venon for Spider Man 3 when he didn't really want to. I'm sure he could have done a great job with Venom and his storyline for a future sequel if given the proper time and character development which also didn't include worrying about two other villains instead.
4:48PM on 05/19/2017
Soloist, don't be so dense. Raimi deliberately shit the bed because he didn't want to put Venom in his film. He cut off hos nose to spite his fans.
Soloist, don't be so dense. Raimi deliberately shit the bed because he didn't want to put Venom in his film. He cut off hos nose to spite his fans.
2:31PM on 05/19/2017
I don't know, man. It's gonna be hard to compete with Topher Grace's iconic performance... said nobody ever.

Seriously, I'm in love with this news. Can't wait to see what Hardy does with the role.
I don't know, man. It's gonna be hard to compete with Topher Grace's iconic performance... said nobody ever.

Seriously, I'm in love with this news. Can't wait to see what Hardy does with the role.
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2:28PM on 05/19/2017
Tom Hardy is the man and he'll make for a perfect and intimidating Eddie Brock/Venom. Just hope that somehow Tom Holland can make an appearance in this just as Parker or if we are lucky enough Peter AND Spider Man.
Tom Hardy is the man and he'll make for a perfect and intimidating Eddie Brock/Venom. Just hope that somehow Tom Holland can make an appearance in this just as Parker or if we are lucky enough Peter AND Spider Man.
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2:25PM on 05/19/2017
INSANE news!! Couldn't be more excited.
INSANE news!! Couldn't be more excited.
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2:23PM on 05/19/2017

amaze balls

That's shocking and super cool... And, movie please don't suck.
That's shocking and super cool... And, movie please don't suck.
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