– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A couple years back, audiences couldn’t have imagined that we’d actually be getting a full-on Venom film. Based on the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been set up in the past, a character as dark as Venom simply would have no place. The solution? Have him run around in his own, more grounded universe. Sure, he’s supposedly still IN the MCU, but he’s kind of off in his own pocket universe.

The film has been in production for some time, and is well on its way to hitting its October release date later this year. We’re supposedly supposed to get our first real look at Venom this week, but ahead of that, actor Tom Hardy has taken to Instagram to show off a new photo of him on set.

Check it out below:

The photo shows Hardy sitting next to longtime Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. This isn’t our first behind-the-scenes look at things. Hardy has shared some other photos in the past, and while they’re nice to look at, we can’t wait to see what the actual first look at Venom will be.

With a film like this, it’s easy to be cynical about this. From Sony, it seems like another cash grab, but given all the talent involved (including actors Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, and Woody Harrelson, not to mention Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, as we discussed in our most recent PODCAST EPISODE.

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SOURCE: Tom Hardy

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.