Tom Hardy Should Be Agent Venom, Not Eddie Brock

Flash Thompson as Agent Venom

The long rumored, long-delayed Venom movie is official moving forward with a major announcement that Tom Hardy playing the Eddie Brock version of the anti-hero. It makes sense that Sony would start the franchise off in this direction since Brock is the most identifiable incarnation of the character, but it isn’t the best choice to make. Rather than focusing on Eddie Brock’s time with the black symbiote, Hardy should portray Flash Thompson’s Venom.

Admittedly, as characters, Thompson, Brock, and the Venom symbiote are tied to Spider-Man lore—the Venom costume itself is an obvious parallel to Spidey’s—so huge changes to the origin story are going to be made anyway. Robbed of the …

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