Sony's plans to expand the world of Spider-Man are getting back on track and then some. The long-gestating Venom solo movie has landed Academy Award Nominee Tom Hardy in the title role. To be more specific, Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock the first human host for the alien symbiote otherwise known as Venom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Venom will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Sony is wasting no time in getting Venom camera ready and are fast-tracking the project to meet the announced October 5, 2018, release date.

Ten long years have passed since we last saw Venom on the big screen, and most Spider-Man fans are still trying to forget it happened. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 was overstuffed with villains and Venom suffered the most, and let's not talk about emo-Peter Parker. I have a lot of love for Raimi's first two Spider-Man films; they're made with heart and aren't afraid to be fun. I still feel bittersweet that Raimi was denied the chance to redeem himself with a fourth movie. All the more so as The Amazing Spider-Man wasn't the reboot the franchise needed and its sequel suffered from the same too many villains syndrome that plagued Raimi's swansong.

After his towering performance in The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy was all set to suit up for another DC-based franchise as Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad. However, the movie gods in all their infinite wisdom saw fit to intervene as Hardy's commitments to The Revenant overran, and he was forced to drop out. Arguably, that turned out pretty well for Hardy as the majority of critics (and fans) were less than kind to Suicide Squad. DC's loss is Marvel's gain, Spider-Man: Homecoming looks awesome, and Hardy is a great choice to bring Venom to life.

If nothing else, it creates the mindboggling pub quiz question of "what comic book character has been played by Topher Grace and Tom Hardy?"

Spider-Man: Homecoming is released in the UK on July 5.