Sony officially announced the new star and director for the upcoming Spider-Man offshoot, Venom.
Tom Hardy is currently in final negotiations with Sony to star in their upcoming movie, Venom. To direct the film, Sony is undergoing negotiations with director Ruben Fleischer. Hardy is best known for his performance in The Revenant, a Western film which premiered in 2015 where he won an award for best-supporting actor. Other notable roles Hardy’s played are Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. Ruben Fleischer is an American film director best known for his work on the 2009 comedy horror film, Zombieland.
In March last year, Sony announced that they would be creating a standalone film for Venom, a popular villain in Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. Sony hired Dante Harper to write the film’s script with Arad and Matt Tolmach working as producers. The new Venom movie will take place in its own continuity, having no effect on the Marvel cinematic universe’s version of Spider-Man. The film is planned to premiere in 2018.
Marvel and Sony made a deal in 2015 over the usage rights of Spider-Man. The deal stated Marvel Studios wouldn’t pay Sony to include the character in Captain America: Civil War or the Avengers films. At the same time, Marvel Studios wouldn’t receive any cut of the box office profits made by any of Sony’s Spider-Man films and vice-versa.
Marvel and Sony are currently preparing to release Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie is the second reboot of the franchise, this time including the character into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as he tries to balance his double life as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Sony Pictures will be distributing the film in theatres. The film is planned for July 7, 2017. A sequel to the movie is already being planned, scheduled to be released on July 5, 2019.