First Look At Tom Hardy In 'Venom' (Image)

Instead, this first official image is a look at Tom Hardy in reporter mode as Eddie Brock, pre-transformation.

Earlier rumours for the Venom film indicated that it would be taking inspiration from the "Lethal Protector" story-arc, a comic where the Symbiote took on a more anti-heroic style and fought against the villainous "Life Foundation".

First appearing in the comic book series as an alien costume worn by Spider-Man in Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man #252 in 1984, it was several years before the creature left Peter Parker and merged with photographer Eddie Brock, forming the antihero known as Venom. The effects probably aren't finished yet, so that may be the reason why Sony is holding off on giving us the first look at Venom. The serial-killing "offspring" of Venom is also rumored to play a role in the film.

We also were treated to some of the official footage from of Hardy addressing the crowd at Comic-Con Experience in December. These story pieces seem to be pretty good picks on the Studio's parts to bring life to the Venom character.

As we've previously seen, the star of Dunkirk and Bronson is in magnificent shape for Ruben Fleischer's (Zombieland) film and the Londoner has promised: "to deliver you the best Eddie Brock/Venom I can; because I know how important it is to the fans".

"Planet of the Symbiotes", meanwhile, follows Eddie Brock's relationship with his symbiote and the influence it has on him.

Filming for Venom continues on location in San Francisco later in January. Mostly because it's hard to imagine why Tom Hardy would even be in a Venom movie, not to mention Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate.

The movie is set to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

Terri Schwartz is Editorial Manager of Entertainment at IGN.


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