If you’ve ever wondered about Hardy’s approach to crafting these idiosyncratic inflections, the actor has given us a peek inside his “process,” revealing the rather surprising inspirations for his version of Eddie Brock.
It took a while, but finally, we’re meeting Venom. And Tom Hardy wants you to be very afraid.
The first teaser for the Sony film only introduced us to Hardy’s reporter, Eddie Brock, keeping a tight lid on the monster he’d soon turn into...
Who’s got two fingers, a dope-ass bracelet and a notebook? THIS GUY. Sony has unveiled the first official image of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the upcoming Venom movie (which weirdly has no relation to the current Spider-Man universe) and…well, he looks like Tom Hardy. At least he’s easy on the eyes?
In the middle of their profile of Sony, Marvel, and their unique arrangement sharing the character of Spider-Man in both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, The Hollywood Reporter dropped a fairly major detail about the upcoming Venom film that Sony is developing alongside their Spidey franchise: Carnage will appear as a villain in the film.
In news that clearly came from the farthest depths of left field, Tom Hardy has been cast as the lead in Venom, Sony’s upcoming film about the famous Spider-Man villain. That’s not all: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will direct the movie, which is reportedly not a spinoff from Spider-Man: Homecoming, but a standalone project of sorts. Oh, and that’s still not all: Sony has shared an official announcement photo featuring Hardy in one of his classic Hardy-selfie poses, sporting a Venom t-shirt — in case you missed the point.
Before The Amazing Spider-Man 2, uh, sucked, Sony had planned to use the movie to launch a whole cinematic universe of Spider-Man movies. In addition to a third Amazing Spidey, there was going to be a Sinister Six movie starring some of the Wall-Crawler’s most notorious villains, and a movie for Venom, his black-suited adversary who previously appeared in Spider-Man 3, where he was played by Topher Grace. At various points, Gary Ross and Josh Trank were in position to direct the film from a script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.