Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Tom Hardy To Play 'Venom' In 'Spider-Man' Villain Spin-Off

Tom Hardy To Play 'Venom' In 'Spider-Man' Villain Spin-Off

Venom has been portrayed both as a villain and an anti-hero.

Spider-Man is now a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to an unprecedented deal with Marvel Studios.

Bradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's widely known for his portrayal of another well-known comic baddie - Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Variety has reported that the Dunkirk actor has signed on to star as the titular anti-hero/villain in Sony's Venom, a standalone film built around the character.

The star is in the final stage of negotiations to star in the Sony-Marvel movie by "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer.

Meanwhile, Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) will write the script for Venom, and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce the movie, along with Amy Pascal.

Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony's Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 - production starts this fall. The studio's next project, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will be released as a joint project between Marvel Studios and Sony. Feeling spurned, the symbiote latches onto Eddie Brock, a journalistic rival of Parker's. Hardy will now go from the DC Universe and into the Marvel Universe for this role. Dubbing himself "Venom", Brock became one of Spider-Man's most murderous and unsafe arch-nemeses.

At the very least, there's no way this Venom could be worse than the one seen in Spider-Man 3, where a woefully miscast Topher Grace took on the part. Sony still owns separate film rights to a number of Spidey-related characters, however, and any movie they make is apparently going to be separate from the MCU.

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