More details about upcoming Spider-Man spin-off ‘Venom’ starring Tom Hardy revealed

New footage from the upcoming film was shown to the audience at San Diego's Comic-Con

New footage from the upcoming Spider-Man spin off Venom, starring Tom Hardy, has been revealed.

Hardy, along with director Ruben Fleischer, also shared more details about the film’s content and what to expect.

Hardy said that his decision to play the title role was largely down to his son: “My son is a massive fan and he was a strong influence on why I should play Venom specifically.”

“I wanted to do something my son could watch. So I did something where I bite people’s heads off,” the actor deadpanned yesterday (July 20).

Director Fleischer added that he would love to see Spider-Man and Venom in a movie together, even though there are no plans for this at present.

“I can speak for myself when I say I would be really excited to go see that film, so I have to see the studio is thinking the same way, and at some point down the road they are going to run across each other’s paths.”

Asked how he felt about a run in with Spider-Man, Hardy said that he would relish the opportunity.

“I’ll have a go, yeah,” Hardy smiled, before adding: “he’s an awesome actor and I’d love to work with him and I love Spider-Man.”

The additional footage shown at San Diego’s Comic-Con revealed more about the movie’s dark themes and details of another villain that Venom will face.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the footage introduced another symbiote, Riot, who can transfer to other people, meaning his identity is often a mystery in the film.

Fleischer, who has also directed Zombieland previously, said Venom has “no heroes” and hinted that even more villains might appear.

New footage of Riz Ahmed’s character, Carlton Drake, was also played. Drake is a genius billionaire who combines alien lifeforms with human beings, intending to create a higher life form.

One of these new beings attaches to Hardy’s character, Eddie Brock, who must then live with his Venom alter-ego.

Talking about Brock, Hardy said: “[Brock] finds his perfect opposite and partner in this huge creepy alien beast who arrives and lives rent-free in his body, and no one will believe it’s there.”

Other clips according to The Hollywood Reporter saw Venom’s head coming out of Brock’s body and Venom making axes with his hands.

The clips are not yet available online, with Fleischer stressing that the clips shown still need VFX work.

Other actors appearing in the movie include Woody Harrelson, Michelle Willians, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze.

Venom is part of a series of spin-off movies Sony is planning around the Spider-Man universe.

Venom is released in UK cinemas on October 5 2018.