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Our first look at ‘Venom’ has finally arrived! Although, by ‘Venom,’ I mean the guy under that iconic black suit, Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy in director Ruben Fleischer‘s upcoming film. Check out the image below courtesy of IGN!

The image debuted on IGN as part of their Films to Watch in 2018 series, where they’re premiering videos and images related to upcoming films. And while I would be happy to watch Tom Hardy do just about anything, although, a first look at Venom the character all suited up would be way more awesome! Then again, Venom himself is being created through motion capture, so Sony may be waiting to share those images.

Fans will know that Venom began his comic book existence as a ‘Spider-Man’ villain, an alien creature (known as the symbiote) that attaches itself to Eddie Brock, a rival of Peter Parker, creating the drooling menace that can replicate many of Spider-Man’s powers. Eventually, Venom was reinvented as an anti-hero, saving the day and battling his personal demons.

The ‘Venom’ film won’t feature or acknowledge Spider-Man (which is really weird), but Hardy has promised to give the character his full commitment, saying:

“I just wanted to say that I give you my word of honor that I’m going to do everything that I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster.”

He delivered this promise during the film’s panel at the Brazil Comic Con Experience. The panel also featured director Ruben Fleischer, who confirms that the film is based on the ‘Lethal Protector’ and ‘Planet of the Symbiotes’ storylines. The former story saw Venom take a step back from intimidating Spider-Man and toward being a more heroic character. The latter explored Eddie Brock’s relationship with his alien suit.

‘Venom’ is set to open on October 5, 2018. The powerhouse supporting cast includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate.