Tom Hardy Cast as Spider-Man Villain Venom, Which Is on Brand AF

The actor thrives in roles where his beautiful face is obscured and he communicates primarily in grunts and snarls.

Tom Hardy. Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

Oscar-nominated actor Tom Hardy, who thrives in roles where his beautiful face is obscured (Mad Max: Fury RoadThe Dark Knight Rises) and he communicates primarily in grunts and snarls (The Revenant, Taboo), has landed his perfect role, according to THR: Venom, a.k.a long-time Spider-Man nemesis Eddie Brock. Hardy will play the role in Venom, Sony’s Spider-verse follow-up to this year’s Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man: Homecoming. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will direct, with the studio throwing their full weight behind the project (see: no help from Marvel) for an October 5, 2018 release date.

Venom. Todd McFarlane/Marvel

Eddie Brock made a brief cameo appearance in 1986’s Web of Spider-Man #18, before rocketing into fandom history in 1988 when the character melded with the alien symbiote known as Venom. Brock, already kind of a dickhead, was granted enhanced powers from the goo-y, ink-like organism, and instantly became archnemesis to New York’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (the symbiote originally tried to merge with Peter Parker but got rejected. It’s a whole thing).

Topher Grace, a decidedly un-Tom-Hardy-like actor, portrayed both Brock in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (2007). Hardy’s Venom will launch its own shared universe, to be followed by a Silver Sable/Black Cat project. Tom Hardy Cast as Spider-Man Villain Venom, Which Is on Brand AF