Tom Hardy Goes Through Brutal Transformation in 'Venom' Trailer

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Tom Hardy comes to terms with his powerful new antihero identity in the latest trailer for the highly anticipated Spider-Man spinoff, Venom.

The 40-year-old actor debuted the clip -- and a freshly shaved head -- at CinemaCon on Monday in Las Vegas, alongside his Venom co-stars, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams.

ctors Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams speak onstage during the CinemaCon 2018
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The trailer showcases Hardy acting as the hard-as-nails journalist Eddie Brock who is working to take down a seemingly criminally corrupt corporation. When his character gets intertwined with a ruthless killing machine -- in the form of a gooey, alien-esque symbiote -- all hell breaks loose. Fictional character Peter Parker also makes an appearance, though not as Spider-Man.

"What the hell are you?" asks a baffled Brock at the end of the trailer.

"We are venom," replies the evil entity, just before overtaking his entire body.

The official movie poster was also revealed on Monday, featuring a closeup of Hardy's face, half overtaken by the savage symbiote.

While Williams and Ahmed are new to the superhero realm, this isn't Hardy's first rodeo -- the actor appeared as Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. 

The character of Venom was created in 1988 by Marvel Comics and made his big-screen debut -- played by Topher Grace -- in the 2007 film, Spider-Man 3.

Venom is scheduled for release on October 5, 2018. In the meantime, check out this other teaser:

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