Ever since Venom appeared in Spider-man 3 (2007), Marvel fans have been eager for the villain’s very own spin-off. And finally, the countdown has begun!
Tom Hardy, who played Batman’s villain Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, Alfie Solomons in hit TV series, Peaky Blinders, and Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend (2015), Hardy is ready to switch from the DC side of comic book adaptations to the Marvel zone. And he’s been working up quite a sweat in order to prepare for the monstrous role!
Hardy, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Revenant (2015), is working alongside director Ruben Fleischer, who showcased his ability to bring together dark themes and humor in Zombieland (2009). Scriptwriters Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will be working alongside Amy Pascal.
Since Venom’s first inception in 1988, the villain has been one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains. The success of Spider-Man: Homecoming is proof that Sony Pictures will continue their ambitious plans to build their own Marvel universe that is adjacent to Marvel Studios. The studio’s plan to handle their upcoming superhero projects, including Venom, first played by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-man 3, is to honour the DNA of the original movies. According to Variety magazine, Columbia pictures president, Sanford Panitch states:
“with the Sony universe of Marvel characters, our mission is only to do what’s the absolute best for each individual property. I just want to honor the original DNA.”
Ruben Fleischer exemplifies his take on the material, covering Venom’s origins and the conflicted Jekyll and Hyde relationship the alien has with its host, Eddie Brock: “They become almost a third being, which is what Venom is. There’s a famous quote ‘you’re Eddie Brock. I’m the symbiote. Together we are Venom.’”
The character is initially an alien that needs a human host to survive. The alien possesses its victim with incredible powers. Reportedly, Hardy is a huge fan of Venom. He posted an Instagram selfie in a Venom T-shirt to mark the announcement.
So, what’s next for Hardy’s villainous role?
Considering that Venom is a very intimidating, violent and aggressive villain, the actor has been hitting the punch bags to bulk up.
Like the majority of his other movies, Hardy is undergoing a hardcore body transformation to succeed in his role. To play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy transformed himself into one of the most physically dominating villains of all time with his training, completing four training sessions per day to build more than 30 pounds of muscle and strength. As a result of this, Hardy successfully represented the super strong villain who takes on Batman. Venom is no different. Hardy is reportedly adopting a routine similar to the one he used for his role of Bane. He’s been employing the help of various MMA fighters and trainers to put him through many grueling workouts. The two trainers believe that “the world is going to see the darkest and most powerful super villain that Marvel has ever created.”
But of course this body transformation is no challenge for the dedicated Hardy.
Whilst Hardy is still continuously preparing for the role, filming has already begun. This long-awaited project is one of Sony’s top priorities and the studio is not wasting time as the movie is set to open Oct. 5th, 2018.
Text: Ella Buxton
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