Tom Hardy has been cast as Venom in Sony Pictures very first Spider-Man spinoff film. He'll be portraying Eddie Brock, who was the original iteration of Venom in the comic books. Brock was played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, yet many fans of the anti-hero were left feeling very disappointed by the way the character was handled. Hopefully, Tom Hardy will be the Venom we have all been waiting for.

The Venom we’ve all be waiting for?

Tom Hardy is easily one of the best actors working today and certainly has the physical prowess to play Venom, which was something that Topher Grace lacked.

If you’ve ever read the comics or watched the animated Spider-Man TV show, you’d know that Eddie Brock was a pretty buff dude. Hardy would be the perfect embodiment of both Brock and Venom, yet, he also has the acting ability to do the role justice. Hardy’s consistently delivering fine performances, whether it be a small independent movie like Locke, or a huge blockbuster such as The Dark Knight Rises.

Incidentally, this will be Hardy’s second appearance in a comic book movie after Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

He was originally cast to play Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, but was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with The Revenant, which was a notoriously long and difficult shoot.

Sony’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is back on

Sony Pictures are also working on Silver Sable and Black Cat movies. However, there’s been no word on whether they’re planning to make the Sinister Six film they teed up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

That said, it looks like Sony’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is back on the cards, yet it won’t connect with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Back in 2015, Kevin Feige told Variety that Marvel had no intention of working with Sony on a Sinister Six movie, which Venom is a member of. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s director, Jon Watts echoes those comments, claiming that the Venom movie won’t be connected to Homecoming.

That said, we still cannot wait to see Venom get his own movie. He's one of Marvel's most captivating anti-heroes, along with Deadpool. He's sometimes good, sometimes very bad. You're never quite sure what you're going to get with Venom, which is what makes him so exciting.

The Venom movie will be directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer and the script will be penned by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), and is currently set for a 2018 release, which suggests that they’ll be starting shooting pretty soon, within the next few months.