Hardy to play Venom in Marvel spin-off

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LOS AN­GE­LES: He played a for­mi­da­ble vil­lain for DC Comics, and now he’ll do the same for Marvel: Tom Hardy has signed on to lead Venom ,a spin-off movie in Marvel’s ex­pand­ing uni­verse.

Hardy will play Ed­die Brock, a venge­ful re­porter who fuses with a pow­er­ful alien par­a­site to be­come Venom. The char­ac­ter was pre­vi­ously played by To­pher Grace in the 2007 film Spi­der-Man 3 as one of the web­slinger’s main an­tag­o­nists.

Venom, a Sony pro­duc­tion, is pro­jected for re­lease on Oct 5 next year. Ruben Fleis­cher

(Zom­bieland) will di­rect. Venom was in­tro­duced in 1988 and has floated through the Marvel Uni­verse, ap­pear­ing along­side not just Spi­der-Man, but also Iron Man, Dead­pool and the Hulk. He’s the lat­est in an ex­ten­sive and grow­ing web of Marvel char­ac­ters on screen. Tom Holland’s Spi­der-Man first showed up in last year’s Cap­tain

Amer­ica: Civil War, and he’ll soon be seen in his own movie, Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing, ar­riv­ing later this year.

Re­ports in­di­cate that Sony’s

Spi­der-Man se­ries, which also may in­clude films cen­tred on the char­ac­ters Sil­ver Sable and Black Cat, will be largely un­con­nected to the Avengers movies. It’s un­clear whether Spi­der­Man will ap­pear in Venom at all.

For Hardy, this is his lat­est op­por­tu­nity to break bad and dis­tort his face.

He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, starred in Mad

Max: Fury Road and was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for his vil­lain­ous turn in Ale­jan­dro G. Iñár­ritu’s The Revenant. NYT

Tom Hardy

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