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Marvel Just Cast Tom Hardy as ‘VENOM’!

Huge breaking news this Friday afternoon as Deadline is reporting that Sony’s Venom movie is officially happening with Tom Hardy starring as the title character and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer directing!

They also note that Venom is from Sony’s Marvel Universe and is not a spinoff but the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters. Hardy’s Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom. In the Marvel Comics universe, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and many other Marvel Comics characters.

The character was introduced in 1988 in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #298-300, scripted by David Michelinie and drawn by the legendary Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers.

Hardy is an exciting choice, especially to play Brock. His talents were completely wasted when he portrayed Bane in Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises; why on Earth would they cover up the face of one of the best actors of our time for an entire movie?!  Hardy kicked ass and took names in the new Mad Max, pictured below, and was also in The Revenant and Inception.

Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was a huge misstep, mostly because it was alleged that he was forced into including the popular character into the storyline. Raimi has gone on record that he isn’t a fan of Venom nor does he understand the character’s motivations. To put it simply, it’s a story about rejection, which Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote share in common. Their shared hatred of Peter Parker’s success fuels their hate and fuses them into one. It’ll be interesting to see how Sony plans on telling a solo Venom story if he’s the film’s protagonist. Deadpool and Logan are the best examples of the ultimate anti-hero, but what would drive a Venom story? Carnage? At least we know it will be “R”-rated!

Sony will release on October 5, 2018.

Production will start this fall.

Are you as happy with the casting and director choice as we are?!


99 Comments
  • Neckbeard The Terrible

    He was awesome as Bane, just his posture sold the character to me , and I hate Bane

    • Darkknight2149

      I liked how Bane was originally portrayed in the 1990s. A strong, but calculated individual (much like how Hardy was).

      However, over time, the comics writers pretty much turned him into a simple brute. This has translated into other media, like “Batman & Robin” (1997) and “Batman: Arkham Asylum” (2009). I don’t like that interpretation of him.

  • He’s a great actor, this film would work better if they connect with Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • Darkknight2149

      Sadly, Marvel Studios won’t do R-Rated material. This is why I’m divided on the new Sony films (Venom, Black Cat, ETC). On one hand, it isn’t connected to the MCU. On the other hand, the R-Rated universe allows Sony to fully explore these characters.

      • Perhaps we could see an alternative universe with Miles Moralles, full of scary villains, violence and an awesome dark story for adults. It would be amazing!

  • Boglin Boy

    why would it matter? when hes in the monster form its gonna be mocap thing anyway so it wont be his performance lol

    • The Fucked Up

      Unless Hardy suits up and does the performance capture

  • dsxy

    Shit actor, completely ruined bane. I don’t understand all the hype with this stroke victim.

    • Chris Rusnock

      do you want Topher back? Go back to your hole.

    • Blake Freeman

      I think you should watch Bronson and The Revenant then possibly come back to this comment to re-evaluate.

      • Darkknight2149

        Or any of his many other acclaimed roles like “Mad Max”, lol.

  • Ocelot006 .

    But Marvel didn’t cast him. Marvel is not making this movie. Jesus Brad.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    couldn’t have picked a better dude for the role. can not wait

  • Ridiculous

    Logan and Deadpool are not anti-heroes imo…they are in-between, but Wolverine/Logan definitely is not anti-hero.

    • Trey Black

      They most certainly are anti-heroes. And Deadpool was originally a villian.

    • CovahDX

      Logan isn’t in between lol. And being in between is kind of what an anti-hero is

    • Darkknight2149

      The people that Wolverine has slaughtered beg to differ.

  • The chicken man

    Hollywood seems to be stuck on a few actors. I’d like to see a fresh face.

  • Jeff Fetrow

    Not bad casting, if a little old. Brock was early 30s. but at least Hardy isn’t scrawny and whiny and annoying, like Topher. I seriously think Raimi cast Topher just to screw with everyone, because he didn’t want to include the character. It was a little temper tantrum. I’m not sure how they are going to pull this off without Spidey involved, and we know they aren’t going to show the comic book version of how Parker found the symbiote in the first place. I sort of hope they go “Lethal Protector” route with him on this one. No way they could do an origin story and Carnage all in one film. And they’d better not make him screech like a freaking banshee in this one. Venom growls. He roars. He doesn’t screech.

    • Leishu

      I think that Hardy can pretty well pull off early 30s still, personally, if you have seen Legend? He looks quite young in that still. This film is pretty far off, though, and we don’t know what they are going for. we’ll see.

  • Michael Hill

    who gives a fuck. Hardly horror news you asshole.

    • …and yet, with all those other headlines, you clicked on the one you didn’t care about so you could complain. Would that we all could have so few problems.

      • Michael Hill

        blow me bitch.

        • I’m sorry–I forgot my microscope at home.

          • Sean Robert Hart

            Guys feeding the trolls is strictly prohibited around here!

      • Patrick Tuohy

        That’s called being a dumb prick

    • DBZEROGRAVITY

      what are you 9 years old? fuckin wanker. you truly are a plaque on this site

      • Michael Hill

        a plaque? You really an inbred red neck. GET on your knees maggot and blow me. Then go back to school and learn to spell.

        • Cure4Humanity

          You insult a person’s spelling but have the grammar of a toddler. GG

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Meh

  • Grimphantom

    “Sony’s Marvel Universe and is not a spinoff but the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters”
    I’m so confused, does this take after the events of Raimi’s Spider-Man or they mean by MCU Spider-Man?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc7beadaa62b7cb9c7143dd3dc54fdb95f815d664bebdca01b6760b4b5a95de1.gif

  • Wyatt

    I think the reason they make the rated R movies so good is because they never seem too get the best budget (because its risky too have a rating like that) so they have too rely on an actual plot.

  • Seth Lewis

    This needs to be a part of the Marvel Shared Cinematic Universe if they wanna make the shit legit.

    • Leishu

      It is. The guy who wrote the article is just dumb.

      • Bill Agans

        No, it’s not. Just the Spider-man movies.

        • Leishu

          Right – I guess that rich guy in the Spider-Man Homecoming trailer played by Robert Downey Jr. is just a Tony Stark Lookalike. My mistake.

          • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

            The Sony/marvel deal is for the Spider-Man character only and expires in July of 2019 after the 2nd Spider-Man movie comes out. By logical extension, Venom would be part of the MCU since it’s in the Sony Marvel universe, but Venom wouldn’t end up in any of the Disney Marvel films.

          • Bill Agans

            venom’s NOT part of the MCU.

          • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

            Correct. He won’t appear in any proper MCU films, but if he ever crosses paths with Spider-Man, who is part of the MCU, then “by logical extension” he would be in theory.

          • Bill Agans

            sony already said that’s not gonna happen.

          • Bill Agans

            again, spider-man IS part of the MCU, while venom is NOT.

          • Turb0wned

            Wow you are retarded. Only Spiderman is part of MCU.

  • Saturn

    So is this a secret prequel to Venom?

  • oh_riginal

    It would be so simple to introduce Venom into the MCU if Sony was willing to go that route. Just take a page from the original 80s Secret Wars storyline and put it into the Infinity War movie, and have Spider-Man obtain the symbiote during the Thanos conflict. Then you can have a Spider-Man story with the symbiote done properly, then spin off into a Venom movie.

    I hope Sony isn’t going to ruin the partnership deal with Disney/Marvel.

    • huntermc

      This would definitely be the right way to handle it.

  • Dan

    Holy shit..i can’t wait. Good choice on hardy and Fleischer is solid as well. I hope to god carnage makes it into this movie.

  • Jason Forehand

    Yes. Yes. Yes

  • Andrew Watson

    I was hoping for Agent Venom, a much better take on the character in my opinion, but I am still interested.

  • Christian

    ”Wasted as Bane”. The hell you smoking? He was most charismatic person in the entire film.

    • MaryMaria

      …for you.

      • Christian

        What you did there. I see it… 😉

  • Leishu

    The “Sony Marvel Universe” and the MCU are one and the same, per Sony’s contract with Marvel/Disney. That would be why Tony Stark is in those trailers for Homecoming. Sony retains creative control for their films but plays nice in Marvel/Disney’s universe, and Marvel gets to use the characters in their films as they wish, and Sony can give the heavy hitters cameos. If you are going to write movie news, knowing a little bit of what you are talking about is a good idea.

    • Bill Agans

      The Venom movie, along w/ any other Spidey spinoffs aren’t part of the MCU. Spider-man: Homecoming & the potential sequel r the only ones in the MCU.

      • Leishu

        Its foundation is still going to be Spidey, which is the MCU. It will be no less MCU than Agents of SHIELD, or the Netflix shows. It doesn’t need to be regularly interacting with the main plot structure to be MCU, as those two things have shown – Why don’t you, or the author of the article, get this? This doesn’t mean it will be good, but it certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t MCU (any more than SHIELD isn’t)

        • RKSDooM

          I mean, I want you to be correct… but everything I have heard about this movie leads me to believe it will have absolutely no connection whatsoever to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man… or Spider-Man, period.

          And everything that makes Venom the character that he is revolves around Spider-Man. Making a Venom movie without Spidey is preposterous, in my opinion.

          • huntermc

            I just can’t realistically see a successful shared universe featuring Spiderman’s villains and co-stars, but no Spiderman. More likely, now that he’s been established as Spidey, Tom Holland will probably continue on in the Sony films but he won’t be hanging out with Iron Man any more.

        • Bill Agans

          obviously u didn’t read my last comment. i said spider-man IS part of the MCU. venom & the other spin-offs are NOT part of the MCU.

    • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

      According to the producer who did the deal with Marvel for Sony, the deal is only for sharing Spider-Man and it expires after the Spider-Man sequel comes out in 2019, so we should enjoy them playing nice while we can. Venom will surely cross paths with Spider-Man in the 2nd or 3rd movie. You don’t create a “Sony Marvel Universe” and not have the characters cross paths. That’s kind of the whole point. I do live the idea of setting up vilians with their own films first, that way you don’t sepnd half the Spider-Man movie explaining their origin.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    Fuck yes! I’m in!!!

  • james henry

    Hell yes!

  • Couchpotatodx

    They kept his face covered because that’s how Bane is supposed to look. He doesn’t have that gas mask stuff for the lols.

    • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

      The only thing that ever bothered me about the mask was that it wasn’t connected to anything. I guess you could say that the mask itself was some sort of filtration system. That’s really all you can say as none of the tubing was connected to anything.

  • chuck

    NO Joe Lynch, no good for me!

    Seriously, his Venom short is what the movie should be but with this combo I don’t see that happening.

    That plus such a short turn around time has me a bit worried but fingers crossed that it turns out good.

  • Darkknight2149

    SONY just cast Tom Hardy as Venom. Remember, Marvel isn’t involved.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    That fury road movie was awful, but Tom Hardy can be pretty good
    He should be able to do as good of a job as a terrible mcu movie lets him

    They’re not all bad
    The first Deadpool movie was cool

    • Creepshow

      Your streak continues, of not knowing what the fuck you’re talking about.

      • shawn lawson

        Yea ya goober. You got an agenda…..your fuckin dumb. Sorry if that’s unfriendly but….it’s just how I feel.

        • shawn lawson

          Just gonna start jumping in and verbally tag teaming these motherfuckers. If these were real fights I’d be the guy who kicks em when the fights over and spits/pisses on unconscious bodies

          • Bull Daggin

            First of all, Jesus fucking Christ shawn, you have serious issues. And I promise you, if we ever got into a fight, I’d beat your redneck ass into the concrete, there wouldn’t be any kicking when the fight is over like a little pansy, pussy ass bitch. You are fucking pathetic dude. Second, he’s right. Fury Road was mediocre at best, but overall it was just boring. it’s nowhere near as good as you kids think it is, and I’m glad I’m intelligent enough to see that… Unlike this inbred shawn fucker.

          • Cure4Humanity

            Of all the things I’ve seen Fury Road be accused of…boring is a new one. You must have some serious ADD if you thought it was boring.

    • Bill Agans

      This isn’t an MCU movie. Neither was Deadpool.

  • Darkknight2149

    I agree that an R-Rated Venom is exciting, but I wouldn’t say every DC/Marvel needs an R rating. For instance, an R-Rating for something like “Fantastic Four”, “Superman” (standalone, not “Batman v Superman”) or “Guardians of the Galaxy” could be ridiculous.

  • ALLmasked

    mainstream casting … not bad but not that exciting.

    but if he can pull a Ledger it’ll be okay. agree on that wasted Bane, it needed a little less British and a more mob boss feel

    • Michael Josef Kappel

      Pull a Ledger? You say that like your worried about Hardy, when has he ever not knocked it out the park.

      • Alex Harbie

        Mostly the movies where he is not the lead or the main co star, he doesn’t really knock it out of the park. He is good, but not in those roles.

  • shawn lawson

    Love R rated comic movies. I’ll give a shot. Completely unrelated but I had way more fun with Punisher War Zone than fuckin first one. I know a lot of you probably wanna skin my penis and make me choke on the flesh but dude decapitates like 3 people in first 5 minutes.fuckin Thomas Jane: mediocre fight with that Russian. Only memorable part. Anywho……there’s my 2 cents for the day, gang!!!!

    • Jada Maes

      Ever seen a short film on YouTube called Dirty Laundry? It’s totally what the first Punisher flick should’ve been.

      • shawn lawson

        No. Thank you though. About to watch now.

    • Creepshow

      War Zone rules! And it was directed by a woman too.

  • Jada Maes

    He wore a mask because Bane wears a mask in the comics. Not really difficult.

    I’m curious, seeing as they’ve cast an older actor to play Brock. I still anticipate going the Agent Venom route. Love Tom Hardy, and if they cast Sharlto Copely as Kletus Kasaday I will fangasm.

    • Mark B

      Yeah I’m curious if they are going with the classic Venom where he is that hulking beast of a monster, or if they will go the Agent Venom (which is more modern and I think appropriate). Either way Tom is up to the job.

      • Jada Maes

        Agent Venom is cool, but I think we all also have a soft spot for that long-ass tongue and the fangs 🙂

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    Is he in the prequel?

    • Wolf Myers

      Is he in the prequel to what?

  • Michael Josef Kappel

    His age is the only weird thing(but obviously they aren’t making this high school brock) but it’s be insane people are actually thinking Tom will suck. Lol when does he ever not put on an insane performance. He was even great in bag rom com he did with Reese Witherspoon. He could literally do a scene with no words, just stares at you and grunts and he could win an oscar.

  • AdamX

    So Bane is on Venom again?

    Has anyone made that joke yet, I’m sorry if they have.

  • Simon Allen

    TOM IS GOD !
    And he killed it as Bane …saying that they “wasted” him by covering his face is like saying that they wasted Charlize Theron in Monster by making her ugly .

    • Michael Josef Kappel

      Yea, that part really bugs me. In no way shape or form is a costume waiste an actors talent.

  • Good business move. Increases female audience by 5000%.

  • Truth

    He’s one of my favorite actors.

  • THE God

    Please dont make it agent Venom.

  • Alex Harbie

    I get their reasoning, but does the Eddie Brock character really need to talk alot? Doesn’t Venom really do his big shtick in costume, destroying everything. I would have picked someone different.

    • Pete McJames (J Head)

      uhh if you look at the original story the guy never actually shuts up, and even as Venom he still spends about half his time not in costume so like, this should work fine.

  • die hippie

    Great actor but im not so sure about phony doing this. Rather have him in the spiderman universe.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Hardy’s talents were wasted in Dark Knight Rises? Uhhhhh – get fucked they were!

    • RIB

      I had the exact same reaction. I never particularly cared for the Bane character, he’s nothing special, but Hardy made him awesome. He used the mask to his advantage and simply WAS the best version that Bane could be. He carried that movie in my opinion… because lets face it, the plot line in DKRises was pretty thin. But Hardy was a beast.

      • PsychoMantis18

        While I don’t agree with DKR having a thin plot line, any Hardy-Bane love is good.

  • Vincent Kane
  • Evan3

    I can’t wait to see what incomprehensible voice he will bring to the role of Venom.

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