Tom Hardy to Play VENOM In Spider-Man spin off May 22, 2017 Shut up and take our money! ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘The Revenant’ star Tom Hardy has officially signed on to play Eddie Brock in ‘Venom,’ Sony’s long-awaited solo outing of the iconic Spider-Man villain. Deadline adds that Ruben Fleischer (‘Zombieland,’ ‘Gangster Squad’) is in talks with the studio to take the helm for what they say is not a spinoff but the first movie after ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ from its Marvel Universe of characters. Considered one of Spidey’s greatest enemies, Venom made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. The character is an alien symbiote who requires a host to bond with for its survival. After bonding, the symbiote gives his host body incredible powers. Venom was previously played by Topher Grace in ‘Spider-Man 3,’ and Ryan Kwanten (‘True Blood’) in Joe Lynch’s unofficial black-and-white short ‘Truth In Journalism.’ Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall. pic.twitter.com/OZQqDEvoum — Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017 Scott Rosenberg (‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds’) and Jeff Pinkner (‘The Dark Tower,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’) are on board to shape the script, while Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach produce with Amy Pascal. Eric Fineman and Palak Patel are overseeing development. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING swings into Irish cinemas July 7th.