During a video message played out to the crowds at the Brazil Comic-Con, Tom Hardy revealed that the plot for the in-production Venom movie will be the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes series of comics.
Also confirmed by the Sony panel announcement was that the film will be set in San Francisco, and that it will be “important to the Marvel universe as a whole”.
Hardy will play Eddie Brock, the first character to become the Symbiote alien villain from the Spider-Man comics. Spider-Man himself is not expected appear, with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige stating that it will not be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Published in 1993, the Lethal Protector comic arc sees Venom making an agreement with Spider-Man that the two foes will leave each other alone on the condition that Venom gives up the life of crime. Venom then moves to San Francisco, only for the father of one of his past victims to send a group of mercenaries after him. Ultimately, he joins forces with Spider-Man to battle five new offspring of the symbiote in Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony. Meanwhile, in Planet of the Symbiotes, Venom teams with Spider-man and the Scarlet Spider to battle an army of Symbiotes.
Does this make you even more excited for a Venom movie, one that includes the stellar cast of Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott and Scott Haze?
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Venom is set for release on October 5th 2018.