Watch: Tom Hardy Is Getting Into Beast Mode For His New Comic Book Film

He'll play Spiderman's nemesis Venom

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If you've seen Warrior, Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises, or pretty much anything Tom Hardy's been in outside of Locke, you know that the man is no stranger to bulking up for a role.

The latest film to demand such a transformation is Venom, the sort-of-Marvel-spin-off that will see Hardy play one of Spiderman's most iconic villains, only in a film without Spiderman.

Yeah, we're not sure either, but when has Hardy led you wrong?

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Filming is currently underway in Atlanta, and Hardy has been training up to five times a week (and sometimes twice a day) in MMA to prepare for the role, as his trainers, Nathan Jones and Mark Mene, shared below.

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If that hasn't persuaded you, here's another of Hardy himself, looking more than a little bit like his character Tommy from 2011's Warrior, which fills us with warm, fuzzy emotions, and more than a little bit of hope.

Quick break from set. Two weeks down. #Venom

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Venom is set to be released on October 5th 2018.