This was unexpected. After teasing fans with the possibility of a Venom movie, as part of its developing Spider-Man universe, Sony confirmed on Friday that Tom Hardy has been cast as Eddie Brock, with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in negotiations to direct. This is a huge step forward for a standalone project that, you'd think, needs a few legs of support to stand on. This leads us to many questions that we really can't wait to have answered over the next few months.

For those who don't know, Venom is a villain who hates Spider-Man, primarily because the man in the Venom suit -- Eddie Brock -- hates Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker. Brock's jealousy for Parker's professional and personal accomplishments, coupled with his own depression and despair, led to the creation of a sadistic and animalistic alien villain on the pages of Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man comics, back in 1988. Now that Sony has confirmed that Tom Hardy will star in a Venom movie, here's what we need to have answered as we move forward.

Will Spider-Man Be Involved?

Spider-Man, ultimately, belongs to Sony. They have worked out a deal where they loan him to Marvel Studios for appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: Civil War and his upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. But Spidey is STILL a Sony character, and it would make sense for him to have a role in the Venom movie. Venom is born from a hatred for Spider-Man. Eddie Brock, as the comic story goes, is a journalist who gets a huge break when he exposes the identity of a serial killer. Only, Spider-Man eventually captures the real killer, and Brock is disgraced as a result. Brock's anger with Spider-Man attracts an alien symbiote that has recently been rejected by Spidey (long story), and together, they form the menacing Venom. That brings us to our next question...

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