At long last, we finally have a glimpse of Tom Hardy (“Peaky Blinders”) as Marvel’s Spider-Man villain-turned-antihero, Venom, in the upcoming standalone film of the same name. See the official image below, courtesy of IGN.
The photo is a close-up look at Hardy in character as Eddie Brock, who moonlights as Venom, Spider-Man’s one-time enemy turned to the good side. Brock is a reporter, illustrated by the character’s note-taking journal in the photo. According to IGN, the photo also holds a series of Easter eggs, including several entries in Eddie’s journal that reveal some of the film’s plot points. Per IGN, the notes refer to the Life Foundation, a dark survivalist group convinced the world will end in a rain of nuclear attacks. The wealthy group plans to rebuild their own society post-apocalypse, and planned to protect themselves with five beings called Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Scream, according to Marvel canon. The first two questions in the entry suggest that Eddie is investigating the Life Foundation, questioning how the Life Foundation tests its pharmaceuticals and
However, the final question, which is partially hidden by Eddie’s finger, reads: “That you recruit the most vulnerable of us to volunteer for the testing that more often than not end up [killing] them?” Clearly, Eddie knows the group’s been preying on the weak for their own murderous ends; but will Eddie already be a symbiote from which the Life Foundation spawns its demonic protectors (taking from Marvel canon), or will Venom be created by the Life Foundation itself?
According to director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), “Venom’s” plot will closely follow the antihero’s arc in the “Venom: Lethal Protector” and “The Planet of the Symbiotes” comic books; in the former, Venom establishes a home in SF after coming to a truce with Spider-Man, and the latter follows Eddie Brock’s war against an army of symbiotes. While Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider show up to help Venom defeat the symbiote army, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige already confirmed that Spider-Man won’t be in “Venom.” We’ll just have to wait and see how everything comes together in October.
“Venom” has assembled an impressive ensemble for the upcoming film, with Michelle Williams (“All the Money in the World”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) and Jenny Slate (“Gifted”) set to star alongside Hardy. Fleischer directs off a script from Scott Rosenberg (“High Fidelity”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Kelly Marcel (“Fifty Shades of Grey”). Venom’s on-screen role was originated by Topher Grace (“Intestellar”) in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” alongside Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man.
“Venom” swings into theaters Oct. 5.