When Tom Hardy was first cast as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, a chunk of fandom complained. They felt he was too small to play the hulking villain. Then Christopher Nolan’s movie actually came out and everyone changed their tune.
Well, now we’re once again in a scenario where Hardy has been cast as a larger-than-life comics character. He’ll be starring in Venom for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.
Venom about a man who bonds with an alien symbiote that gives him supernatural powers, will not be a part of the same Marvel Cinematic Universe that Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in. Instead this will be Sony’s attempt to create their own corner of the Marvel world, and will have nothing to do with the Spidey world. That’s a bummer for fans who want to see Venom and Spider-Man share the screen together, but it’s not going to happen.
What is encouraging here is the fact that Hardy is rather picky about these big budget roles he takes on. He’s been linked to a number of different superhero projects over the year, perhaps most notably Suicide Squad, but doesn’t always sign on. His interest in playing Venom is hopefully an indicator that he’s seen what Fleisher and Sony want to put together and is impressed enough to jump on board.
Venom, which is rumored to be R-rated, will hit theaters on October 5, 2018.