All month long, IGN First is spotlighting the Films to Watch in 2018. Today, we take a look at Sony’s Venom, a much-anticipated upcoming film starring Tom Hardy as the lethal protector and directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer.
Details about the movie have been kept top secret, with a closed set and only a few behind-the-scenes images. That’s why IGN is thrilled to offer this exclusive first official still from the movie, which shows Tom Hardy as main character Eddie Brock in the upcoming film. Check out the photo below, and click through to get a closer look at the full-sized image.
There’s a lot to unpack from this photo, most notably that it shows us Eddie out on the job as a reporter. But that’s not the only IGN First debut we have around Venom.
Hardy and director Ruben Fleisher offered fans the first big tease at Venom at Brazil Comic Con Experience in December, but that was an experience limited to the people in the room. For the first time available online, IGN is happy to reveal the full panel to the world — including a sneak peek at the Atlanta sets of Venom. Check out the panel video below:
At the panel, Fleisher confirmed the comics storylines Venom will be inspired by. “We want to be as true as possible to the comic with our film,” he said. “But our story is primarily based on the Lethal Protector and the Planet of the Symbiotes book.”
Written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, as well as Ron Lim and Sam Delarosa, Venom: Lethal Protector was a six-episode limited series that notably reinvented Venom from a Spider-Man villain to a Marvel Comics anti-hero. In it, Venom moves from New York City to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with his former foe Spider-Man.
As for Planet of the Symbiotes, 1995’s five-issue comic explores Eddie Brock’s relationship with his symbiote and the influence it has on him. Also written by Michelinie, Planet of the Symbiotes follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.
In the Brazil Comic Con video, Hardy is visibly excited to be talking about Venom, offering fans his promise to do the beloved Marvel character justice. “I just wanted to say that I give you my word of honor that I’m going to do everything that I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster,” he said.
Filming for Venom continues on location in San Francisco later in January. In Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, one of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector. In addition to Hardy, Venom stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. The film hits theaters October 5th.
Terri Schwartz is Editorial Manager of Entertainment at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.