Tom Hardy is a gifted actor, but he often hides his face behind a mask in a lot of the movies he’s in (check out Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Dunkirk for some examples). The fact that fans rarely get to see his unobstructed mug is the only thing that makes the first official photo of Hardy as the lead character in Venom interesting in the slightest. Turns out that when Eddie Brock hasn’t been possessed by the Symbiote, he looks exactly like Tom Hardy does in a pretty boring photo!

Although the Venom movie has shared black and white set photos before, IGN posted the first official image of Hardy in character on Thursday. As reporter Eddie Brock, Hardy is wearing a blue shirt, some cool rope bracelets, and holding a notebook where he’s written what are presumably interview questions.

The text is hard to make out, but it’s the most interesting thing about the image for eagle-eyed fans. “How exactly does the Life Foundation go about testing its pharmaceuticals?” Eddie’s notebook says.

Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in 'Venom'

The Life Foundation first appeared in Marvel comics in 1988 in an Amazing Spider-Man issue created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. The group believed that the Cold War would end in a nuclear holocaust, and they aimed to keep their rich clients alive and safe in a giant fall-out shelter. To protect them, the Life Foundation used the Venom Symbiote to create five new creatures named Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Scream.

Venom will hit theaters in 2018, and the Cold War ended in 1991, so one can assume the movie will take some liberties with the storyline, which had already been rumored to serve as the basis for the film. But, it seems like we’re in for a movie where Venom fights one or more Symbiotes.

Let’s just hope he looks cooler than Tom Hardy in a shirt.

Venom comes out on October 5.

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Despite what Infinity War’s title might imply, all good things must come to an end. The latest Avengers and Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the last Marvel movies to stream on Netflix. Starting with Captain Marvel, MCU films will instead be viewable on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

The news came as part of a story from the New York Times on the still-untitled streaming service.

It’s not fair to blame the mustache Henry Cavill had for Mission: Impossible — Fallout for ruining Justice League, mostly because Superman’s weird CGI lip honestly didn’t even crack the top ten of that movie’s problems. But, it turns out that Fallout’s director Chris McQuarrie tried to help Justice League out.

With Spider-Man firmly planted in the MCU, Sony is doing its best to launch a new Spidey cinematic universe of its own (seemingly without the web-slinging hero). First up is Venom, which is getting a lot of buzz thanks to its depiction of Tom Hardy as a dark anti-hero who calls his enemies “turds” and runs amok in a version of New York with no Spider-Man in sight.

On Tuesday, The CW announced that actress Ruby Rose (John Wick 2, The Meg), who identifies as genderfluid, is officially signed on to play Batwoman in the upcoming annual DC TV crossover. Rose will also play Batwoman should the character’s solo television series Batwoman be greenlit for production.

In this year’s crossover with Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, Rose will play Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman, the red-headed member of the famous Bat-Family and cousin (sort of, it’s complicated) of Bruce Wayne.

It began with a flash.

In a 1959 issue of The Flash, the iconic DC superhero met his match, quite literally, in the form of a parallel universe version of The Flash from “Earth-2.” This marked the introduction of the multiverse (the scientific theory that there are multiple, parallel universes), and it had a ripple effect throughout popular culture. From the novels of Stephen King to modern TV shows like Stranger Things and Rick and Morty, multiverse theory is everywhere.