First Official Look At Tom Hardy In Venom Released

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The first official photo of Tom Hardy in Venom has been released.

While the actual ins and outs of the film remain largely hush-hush, this screengrab is likely to keep fans of the villain hooked until the film’s October release date.

Shared by Rotten Tomatoes, this is the picture of Tom Hardy as Venom’s alter-ego Eddie Brock.

It’s pretty special:

Brooding. And what is that notebook all about? Does Venom become Venom after the New Yorker turns down his crap poetry? Is it a shopping list? Is he simply describing how non-Kindle owners read books while eating food? God, there’s so many questions and so few answers.

Speaking to Screen Geek at New York Comic Con last year Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane said:

It’ll be interesting. I’ve seen some movies of his where he can bring anger and a wide personality to it. To me, I think Tom Hardy’s going to be as good as whatever Venom looks like. We all know Tom’s going to act. He’s going to do a good job.

So now what’s Venom gonna’ look like? It’s an R-rated movie, how ‘R’ are they going to go? To me, that’s the question. Are they going to go a ‘little bit R’? Venom’s a monster to me, and to me – are they going to make him a monster or are they going to make him a man? Are they going to humanize him? That’s what we gotta’ find out.

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The solo Venom movie will not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going under the helm of Sony instead. With Carnage as the main villain it will be R-rated.

The current incarnation of Peter Parker, Tom Holland, commented positively on the decision to cast Hardy, whose last superhero appearance came as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Holland said (via Screen Rant):

It’s very exciting. I think Tom Hardy will really play that character with, you know, a lot of energy, a lot of life. It can be a very cool movie.

It’s not something I know about or involved in. As of now, I’m just focusing on Spider-Man 1 and a little bit of Avengers — but I don’t know anything about that movie.

Venom is due to be released on October 5.