First Look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Venom

Tristan Fewings  Getty Images Marvel

Tristan Fewings Getty Images Marvel

Not only does it star one of Spidey's most popular and enduring foes, it's also the first movie to truly expand the Spider-Man universe in a meaningful way beyond the adventures of the webbed hero. Attendees of the Brazil Comic-Con got the first info from director Ruben Fleischer as he talked to them from the Venom set. I'll be honest with you: it's not really a particularly shocking pic since Eddie Brock is just an average guy about Tom Hardy's age, so it kiiiinda just looks like Tom Hardy as. well, Tom Hardy. The folks behind the film released the first official photo of Tom Hardy as the titular anti-hero today, but it might not be what you were hoping for.

Earlier rumours for the Venom film indicated that it would be taking inspiration from the "Lethal Protector" story-arc, a comic where the Symbiote took on a more anti-heroic style and fought against the villainous "Life Foundation". In it, Venom moves from New York City to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with his former foe Spider-Man. We have yet to see how their characters will fit into the film.

As for Planet of the Symbiotes, 1995's five-issue comic explores Eddie Brock's relationship with his symbiote and the influence it has on him.

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Given some of the remarkable performances that Hardy has given, you know that Venom is going to be something special when his work has been described as "a masterclass". Also written by Michelinie, Planet of the Symbiotes follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.

Joining Hardy in the upcoming movie are Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Woody Harrelson (the Hunger Gamesfranchise, True Detective).

The movie is set to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

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