Sony Picture’s Spider-Man spin-off movie Venom has begun production! The project will be filming in New York and Atlanta.
The official Twitter account for the new movie – which stars Tom Hardy as the titular alien with Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Reid Scott all part of the cast – has confirmed production is underway with a post of a photograph showing the cameras are rolling.
The picture shows three people – one of whom is Hardy – and was captioned: “Day 1. #Venom (sic)”
— Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) October 24, 2017
In May, Hardy was announced to play the traditional Spider-Man villain in Sony Picture’s upcoming film focused around Eddie Brock – the first character to become the alien symbiote in the comic books – with the script penned by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.
Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer is on board to helm the project which will be part of Sony’s Marvel Universe – which exists outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Venom marks the first time an enemy of Spidey will be getting their own standalone movie but the character did appear in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 with the character being played by Topher Grace.
The symbiote, created by David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mick Zeck, was first introduced in the comic books back in 1988 and is still a fan favorite villain and has appeared in other Marvel Comics including Iron Man, Deadpool and the Hulk. Sony had planned to release a ‘Sinister Six’ movie featuring Venom but made the decision to start off with a standalone Venom adventure.
Sony and Marvel Studios reached a deal in February 2015 to allow Spider-Man – a character to which Sony bought the rights to – to be introduced into the MCU, with Tom Holland cast in the role and appearing as Spidey in a cameo capacity in Captain America: Civil War.
Holland, 20, then made his first feature-length outing as the wall crawler in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a movie which resulted in profit for Sony rather than Disney owned Marvel.
Venom is due in cinemas next October.