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Venom: Sony Reveals First Photo from Tom Hardy's Spider-Man Spinoff

It's no surprise that Sony's upcoming Venom film has a lot of fans champing at the bit for the slightest bit of information about the Spider-Man spinoff. Not only does it star one of Spidey's most popular and enduring foes, it's also the first movie to truly expand the Spider-Man universe in a meaningful way beyond the adventures of the webbed hero. In fact, Tom Holland isn't expected to appear in the film at all, as Peter Parker or Spidey.

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Today, courtesy of IGN, we've got our official first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, aka the man who will become Venom.

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OK, so it's not the most exciting photo we've ever seen, but as IGN points out, it does tell us a few things about the film. First and foremost, it appears that Hardy's Brock is indeed a reporter, just like his comic book counterpart. This would appear to bely rumors and theories that the film will take a cue from the Venom character's later incarnation which found the alien symbiote weaponized and turned longtime Spider-Man supporting character Flash Thompson into a super-soldier.

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The film reportedly draws inspiration from the 1993 Marvel Comics miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector, in which the alien symbiote and its host relocate to the West Coast, where a sinister organization hatches plans to create its own horrific spawns. It's also said to incorporate aspects of 1995's "Planet of the Symbiotes" storyline, which involved a number of other symbiote-enhanced characters, including Carnage. The serial-killing "offspring" of Venom is also rumored to play a role in the film.

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As a further bonus, IGN has shared video footage of the Venom panel that took place during December's Brazil Comic Con Experience, while Sony has released Hardy's message to the convention from the Venom set in Atlanta, GA.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5.

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