A collection of new behind the scenes photos from Tom Hardy’s upcoming comic book movie, Venom, is possibly teasing his character’s mysterious backstory. Sony Pictures is currently sharing Spider-Man and the character’s entire supporting cast with Marvel Studios, but that landmark arrangement doesn’t preclude them from kickstarting their own shared universe, one centered on Spidey’s iconic rogues’ gallery.
The first installment in this new cinematic universe will follow the web-slinger’s perennial enemy, Venom, starring Hardy as the eponymous anti-hero. Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer is directing the comic book movie based on a script by Saving Mr. Banks and 50 Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel. And after several delays, the film started filming back in October 2017 – but very little is known about the project at this stage. However, Hardy is confirmed to be portraying the Eddie Brock version of the character (which was previously played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3), but what if the creative team behind the project is borrowing storylines from other Venoms as well?
A Tom Hardy fan Instagram account, TomHardyDotOrg, leaked multiple photos from the Venom set, with one showing Hardy wearing military-style gear. Although the behind the scenes photo doesn’t showcase the character’s entire costume, from what is shown, it’s possible that Sony’s Venom movie may be borrowing elements from (or be based on) Flash Thompson’s Agent Venom version, a recent incarnation of the character that has Thompson working for the military after bonding with the Venom symbiote.
Agent Venom first debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #654 in 2011. Flash Thompson – played by Tony Revolori in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming – was primarily known for being one of Peter Parker’s persistent high school bullies, but when he joined the U.S. Army after graduation, his life (and his perception with comic book readers) changed drastically. Thomspon suffered the loss of both of his legs during his deployment to Iraq, and that led to his alcoholism. However, bonding with the Venom symbiote allowed him to regrow his lost limbs and start working for the military once again, fighting both heroes and villains on behalf of the government.
Considering that people have been wondering how a Venom movie would work without Spider-Man, basing the story on Flash Thompson’s Agent Venom could make the R-rated comic book movie appealing to mass audiences. After all, R-rated military and police films tend to do well, and there’s no reason the same shouldn’t apply to comic book films as well.
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