Tom Hardy is a web-slinging anti-hero!

A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures announced that the Marvel character and Spider-Man antagonist Venom would be featured in a standalone spinoff set to arrive in theaters sometime next year. The fan-favorite character has already made his big-screen debut in the disappointing blockbuster Spider-Man 3, portrayed by Topher Grace, but this project is seen as an opportunity for Sony to get the character right and potentially usher in a new anti-hero universe based on Spider-Man’s rogues gallery.

News has broken that names have now been confirmed to sign on for the spinoff. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will direct and Oscar nominee Tom Hardy is set to star in film.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter of whom worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, wrote the script for Venom. Plot details are being kept in the black but Hardy, who is said to be a Venom fan, will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal.

The internet is calling this casting a coup and I can’t help but agree. Hardy is an excellent actor who is a year removed from his first Oscar nomination in The Revenant and has starred in action and drama movies a plenty including Inception, Warrior, has a superhero movie under his belt already portraying the sinister Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, rode through the wasteland in Mad Max: Fury Road and will star in the upcoming Dunkirk; I can’t help but be impressed by Hardy’s body of work thus far and I look forward to seeing him give life to this tragic and deadly character. Venom is set to snare an audience on October 5, 2018.

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It appears Spider-Man will be a part of the Avengers Initiative after all

Spider-Man will be rebooted yet again

If I could sum up the Amazing Spider-Man franchise in one word, that word would be: disappointing. There were so many detractors as to why the franchise never took to audiences the way that the original Sam Raimi-Avi Arad trilogy did, but quite simply, the franchise never really caught fire with audiences and critics. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the franchise which explored the early years of Peter Parker and his connection to his parent’s work at Oscorp, was left in a state of suspended animation; Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield expressed that they would not see the franchise through, the Sinister Six movie was in turnaround, there was no way of knowing whether or not Shailene Woodley would sign on as Mary Jane Watson in future films and there was talk of a potential Venom movie down the road and now, all of that is potentially wasted. Assuredly so, because New York’s friendly neighborhood wall-crawler will no longer be under Sony’s banner. Spider-Man is coming home to Marvel, where he will be given yet another reboot but this time, he will have a role to play in the grand Avengers Initiative.

Spider-Man could make his Avengers Initiative debut in Captain America: Civil War next summer

In an announcement confirming the move, Spider-Man will be recast and the new Spider-Man film will arrive in theaters on July 28, 2017. There is speculation that the character will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War next summer. The announcement also indicates that the release dates of several Phase Three features will be shuffled around to accommodate the new Spider-Man reboot; Thor: Ragnarok will be pushed back to November 3, 2017 and Black Panther will move up to July 6, 2017. This is certainly an exciting lineup Marvel is assembling!

The Sinister Six are a go.

At the conclusion of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the Green Goblin was making plans to assemble a small team for some nefarious reason and now that team is going to be featured in a spin-off, that has just been recently confirmed for a release date. This film has been cooking for a while now, with Drew Goddard attached as writer and director.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will lead to a spin-off featuring a team of his deadliest enemies: “The Sinister Six.”

“The Sinister Six,” has been given the green light for production and plans to arrive in theaters on November 11, 2016. The film plans to bring six of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies together in their own feature length motion picture, then set them upon Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man (potentially) in “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which has been pushed back to 2018. Though the cast of the six is unknown and unconfirmed, the rebooted Spider-Man franchise has touted Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, Dane Dehaan as the Green Goblin, inserted a couple of teasers regarding the characters Doctor Octopus and Vulture and rumors are circulating that rounding out the team of super-villains are Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. Avi Arad and Matt Tomlach will be attached as producers for the 2016 blockbuster.