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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Awards Season 2016 Post Mortem

Sorry it took me so long to get back online-stupid Geek Squad-but I’m back ready to close the book on Awards Season 2016 and 2015 film in general for good. In case you didn’t notice, I got 14 of my 18 Academy Award predictions correct. I’m kinda proud of that. That being said, I feel as though I should have a few final says about where things stand with me and the Awards Season circuit over the last few months.

  • Image by Participant Media

    I knew Spotlight was going to get Best Picture-My number 2 motion picture of last year took home the industry’s highest honor on Sunday night. Ever since I started this blog, I’ve always held that the film that wins, or at least stood a great chance at winning, Best Picture is always my number 2 movie of that year. Spotlight was excellently crafted around a riveting story and I felt it in my bones that it would be the film to beat, even though the argument could be made for films like The Revenant or The Big Short winning.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road was a great technical achievement-Going into Awards Season, I’ve heard the whispers that Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be a major contender for a lot of awards and it was. It won a plethora of honors in terms of its technical achievements, including six Oscars, but when it came to its chances of winning Best Picture, I was in a minority of those who claimed that it wasn’t going to win Best Picture. The minority ruled I suppose. I already spoke on my opinion for George Miller’s bombastic summer blockbuster.
  • Image By David Shankbone (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

    The Oscars at least addressed the issue of diversity-I’m an African-American film critic and I wasn’t going to boycott the Oscars because there was no point in doing so. I was disappointed that films featuring racial or ethnic diversity wasn’t recognized by the Academy but boycotting it wasn’t going to change anything. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took steps to change things, but I highly doubt that change will implement itself overnight. When it comes to the issue of diversity, the problem lies at the top; the studios need to be more fair towards films, filmmakers, actors and actresses from all walks of life. When the industry changes, the fans will begin to see those changes.

  • 2015 was a solid year for film-I cannot say that I saw a groundbreaking film last year that completely rocked my world, but I will definitely say that last year I saw many films that achieved what they set out to do and they particularly resonated with me. I will most assuredly say that 2015 was an outstanding year for women in the industry. Be it actresses, writers, directors, producers, last year demonstrated that films with a message delivered by or for women could be a commodity that would rake in tremendous success and it is my hope that the momentum that women have gained last year carry over into the years to come.

I guess I could say that should that. If you have followed me, then you know where I’ll be next year. In the same place doing the same thing. Awards Season 2016 has come to a close. Keep an eye on the blog. I’ll be back with my review of Zootopia this weekend.