Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in the Venom standalone. Just to refresh your memory, Eddie Brock was originally portrayed by Topher Grace in the 2007 Spiderman 3. Venom was originally created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. Eddie Brock is a reporter that wants to expose a serial killer and while doing so, meets Spider-Man. Venom is actually a parasite or alien called Symbiote. A Symbiote needs a host which is why it took over Eddie Brock. Other Marvel characters take over by Symbiotes is Carnage, Toxin, Anit-Venom, Scream, and Hybrid. These are just a few.
As far as we know, Venom has no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve been waiting for this movie ever since I saw Spiderman 3 for the first time. I really hope that Sony does a good job at adapting this. It’ll be interesting to see Hardy jump into Marvel after portraying Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Venom, like Deadpool is the anti-hero. I’m really hoping that Venom will break the fourth wall like Deadpool and I hope that there’s going to be a lot of witty banterVenom will be directed by Ruben Fleischer who directed Zombieland and Gangster Squad. Venom is set to come out October 5, 2018.