Tom Hardy has shared a new photo on social media from the set of his upcoming comic book movie, Venom. Sony Pictures is getting in on the shared universe trend by launching their own Marvel Comics-based cinematic universe, which will primarily center around villains and anti-heroes while their titular superhero, Spider-Man, is busy fighting alongside the Avengers in Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Venom marks the first installment in Sony's new shared universe, which will be directed by Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer and based on a script by Saving Mr. Banks and 50 Shades of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel. The film finally got off the ground last month after several delays and has been smooth sailing ever since. Although details are scarce at this stage, Hardy has been keeping his fans apprised of the film's production by sharing various images on social media - and now he's shared yet another photo.
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Hardy shared a new photo from the set of Venom on Twitter (via the movie's official Twitter account) today, with caption only reading "Home. #Venom." So far, the only tweets the movie's Twitter account has posted have come from Hardy. It's an interesting marketing strategy, though it's something that filmmakers, as well as actors and actresses, have been doing more and more often: connecting directly with the fans during the production process.
— Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) November 17, 2017
Hardy plays the eponymous character in the Sony film: Eddie Brock aka Venom, who will reportedly be going up against the supervillain Carnage, though that role has yet to be filled. Since his character requires a heavy dose of CGI to bring to life, the actor will be performing motion-capture under the guidance of mo-cap legend Andy Serkis, who's either personally working on the film or his London-based Imaginarium studio is. Of course, it's also possible that Serkis is merely consulting on the project.
At the moment there's some confusion as to whether or not Venom is directly connected to the MCU (and to Tom Holland's Spider-Man, for that matter) or if the film merely inhabits the universe in the same vein as Marvel TV's properties, though it's fair to assume neither is true. While Sony and Marvel are sharing Spider-Man, they may want to keep their film universes separate to avoid any and all issues, especially continuity errors. Sony's new Marvel movies have their fair share of detractors, but it appears they will be building out their universe slowly, beginning with Venom in 2018.
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- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018
- Silver and Black (2019) release date: Feb 08, 2019