Before becoming the symbiote known as Venom, there was Eddie Brock, a young journalist who is humiliated by Spider-Man. While he began his comic run as a villain, he’s since taken many forms, including the hero. In Sony Pictures Venom adaptation, Tom Hardy stars as Brock, who not only becomes the title character, but must also face Carnage, an even more powerful symbiote, as well as several evil spawn.
This morning, IGN shared the first official photo of Hardy as Brock from the film being directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleisher.
Written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, as well as Ron Lim and Sam Delarosa, the movie is inspired by “Venom: Lethal Protector”, a six-episode limited series that notably reinvented Venom from a Spider-Man villain to a Marvel Comics anti-hero. In it, Venom moves from New York City to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with his former foe Spider-Man.
As for “Planet of the Symbiotes”, another inspiration, Eddie Brock’s relationship is with his symbiote and the influence it has on him is explored. Also written by Michelinie, “Planet of the Symbiotes” follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.
Tom Hardy stars as the title antihero alongside Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate.
Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018, through Columbia Pictures.