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Our first look at Tom Hardy in Venom is not what the people want

IN Venom but not AS Venom

The character Venom in Venom: Lethal Protector (1993), Marvel Comics. Mark Bagley, Devin Tinsley/Marvel Comics

Sony Pictures’ Venom is apparently moving right along in production, despite the fact that it’s neither a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe nor connected to Sony’s current Spider-Man franchise. The folks behind the film released the first official photo of Tom Hardy as the titular anti-hero today, but it might not be what you were hoping for.

When a movie production offers you a first look at Tom Hardy in Venom, it wouldn’t be too much to expect a look at the Symbiote itself, in all its toothéd and oozing midnight glory. Instead, Sony offered this, first revealed on IGN:

Tom Hardy in Venom (2018). Sony Pictures Entertainment

Well, it is technically Tom Hardy in Venom. It’s just Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, the merely human half of the interstellar partnership between a washed up tabloid reporter and a murderous alien parasite.

Don’t you know, Sony? People aren’t into the tight bods of actors like Hardy right now. They’re into fishmen and — OK, also fishpeople. The people want monsters, Sony. Give the people what they want.

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