– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this week, a first look at Tom Hardy in Venom was teased, and true to the rumors, one such image was released by IGN. Take a look at the image HERE.

Sadly, this image is nothing groundbreaking, as it basically looks like an image of Tom Hardy, but it does at least confirm the character’s journalist origins. And speaking of origins, in a recording of the Venom panel at last December’s Brazil Comic Con Experience, director Ruben Fleischer offered a look into which comics they were mainly inspired by for the film.

“Our story is primarily based on the Lethal Protector and the Planet of the Symbiotes books. I can promise you badass action, Venom’s dark humor, and I can also promise you an absolutely stunning performance by Tom Hardy.”

You can watch the full video from the panel at the top of the article. In it, we get to see Fleischer talk for a bit before Tom Hardy comes in and makes the fans go nuts with a free T-shirt.

Admittedly, I’m a little bit disappointed. While the film still has a solid nine-plus months until its release, given the spinoff nature of it, it’s hard not to feel a little bit doubtful of its overall quality. With that in mind, it would have been nice to have something to see that would assuage our concerns. Perhaps soon.

But was this enough for you? What do you think of this first image from Venom? Let us know down below!

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  • suckit15694

    this is really pitiful

  • Kindofabigdeal

    We took our inspiration from the comics. Everything except his true origin.

  • Mad Barchetta

    Wow! He looks EXACTLY like Tom Hardy! Amazing transformation! This gives me the idea to have a gallery of photos in which we see other photos of actors playing characters how look exactly like they do in real life!

  • TheOct8pus

    And the Oscar for wardrobe goes to…..

  • Ian Finnimore

    Tom Hardy over saturation I think, apart from Bronson he’s pretty generic. Some rave about him but I’ve seen better acting on Hollyoaks.

  • J-man The Great

    We took our inspiration from the comics…we used the name Venom.

  • Victor Roa

    I hope they true to the comics and bring back the foil covers trend of the mid 90s, you know, the ones that sunk marvel into Bankruptcy and to be sold off piece meal to movie studios into the problem we are currently in.

  • Atirus

    Underwhelming doesn’t describe it. I mean its Tom Hardy which is nothing to complain about but its not anything special concerning the film.


    Who is the villain though? I hope it’s not some really obscure character from the comics that is a sinister business tycoon or mafia boss like all the Netflix series have been doing for the past three years.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.