The Dark Knight Rises actor is starring in the film as Eddie Brock, a reporter who gains superhuman strength, speed, and regenerative abilities when he comes into contact with an alien symbiote suit.
The movie is based on two classic Venom comic book storylines—Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes—both of which have Venom acting a bit more heroic than usual. While Venom is typically a villain for Spider-Man, in those stories he fights against the mysterious Life Foundation, a group trying to create weapons out of the alien symbiote.
Director Ruben Fleischer and Hardy confirmed in a video to fans that Venom would take inspiration from those stories. Hardy was previously spotted filming a scene with Michelle Williams, who plays Brock’s ex-wife, Anne Weying, and working on a fight scene with Scott Haze, although his character is still unknown.
After completing filming, Hardy posted a photo on Instagram, writing “Wrapped. Life back. Bye,” and showing off a shot of his musclebound back.
Here’s a look at Hardy’s ripped back:
Coming up after Venom, Hardy has Season 2 of his FX series Taboo; he’s attached to War Party, an action film about Navy SEALs from director Andrew Dominik for Netflix; as well as a potential Mad Max sequel, if George Miller ever gets that off the ground.
Venom is set for release on October 5.
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