Black is back, and it’s starting to look really good on Tom Hardy.
This weekend, Sony cast their lead for Venom, an R-rated spinoff from the Spider-Man franchise. They announced that British actor Tom Hardy, most known for movies including Inception, Warrior, and The Dark Knight Rises, will be portraying Eddie Brock, a.k.a. Venom, in the upcoming superhero flick. Sony also announced that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer was attached to direct the project.
On the casting alone, this is some very exciting news. The last on-screen portrayal of Venom came from Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, and that was a performance that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Granted, it wasn’t as much Grace’s fault as it was writer-director Sam Raimi’s, but Sony now seems to be taking Venom in a bold, exciting new direction. With Hardy being a rising talent ever since portraying Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy naturally embodies the rough physicality of the character and will no doubt bring a new edge that perfectly suits the violent vigilante. It will be very exciting to see Hardy’s performance, as well as what plans Sony has in store for the new on-screen Venom.
The only thing that’s disappointing about this news is that this will take place in a separate reality from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. I would love to see Tom Hardy’s Venom in the same universe where Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Michael Keaton’s Vulture co-exist, but I understand Sony wanting to retain a few properties for themselves. With the family-friendly direction Marvel is going, I can also understand why an edgy character like Venom wouldn’t be a part of it. I just would have liked to have seen that as a more darker take of the MCU.
That being said, how does Sony plan to incorporate Spider-Man into it? Holland’s Spider-Man can’t be involved, unless Sony inserts some awkward weird reality-warping explanation to it. With how many similarities Venom shares with the web-slinger, it seems unlikely that he won’t be a part of the film altogether, or at least mentioned.
Either way, we’ll have to wait until October 2018 to see how Sony incorporates both worlds into Venom’s menacing return to the big screen.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Book News