After years of “what-ifs”, casting rumors, and developmental hell, a full-fledged Venom project is finally upon, with none other than Tom Hardy in the starring role.
While Sony doesn’t necessarily have an excellent track record with comic book films outside Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, the prospect of Tom Hardy playing the character of Eddie Brock/Venom alone has proved to be enough to pique (yes, that’s how it should be spelled) fan’s interest.
Unfortunately, the TEASER trailer itself doesn’t reveal much, most notably the full Venom look (probably saving that for Comic-Con). Still, it’s an intriguing tease at what could be a genuinely different, or truly horrible, comic book film. Only time will tell.
Venom is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, which is not directly part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is being directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel, and stars Tom Hardy as the titular Venom. Michelle Williams also stars.
Development on a Venom film, a spin-off from the Spider-Man film franchise, first began with producer Avi Arad in 2007. After various iterations, the film was rumored to be R-rated in March 2017. The intention was to begin a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters to which Sony possessed the film rights, though Sony also intends for the film to share the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set in the MCU because of a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios. Rosenberg and Pinkner were set to write, with Fleischer and Hardy added in May 2017. Filming began in October 2017, taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco.
Venom is set to be released in the United States on October 5, 2018.