The follow up to last years runaway Marvel success is slated for October 2020
After amassing a whopping haul of over $855 million worldwide, it comes as no surprise that Sony Pictures have officially greenlit a sequel to Tom Hardy’s runaway symbiote slaughter-fest Venom. The blockbuster was one of the standout movies of 2018 and served to establish an adjunct sandbox to the primary Marvel Cinematic Universe where other Spider-Man characters could cause havoc.
Variety is reporting that Kelly Marcel, one of the principal writers of the first film, has closed a “significant” deal to write the script for the sequel. Variety goes further by revealing that Sony will be looking for a new director as Ruben Fleischer, director of the first movie will be fulfilling his directorial duties on the Zombieland sequel.
Tom Hardy is expected to return as Eddie Brock/Venom, while Michelle Williams will return alongside Woody Harrelson, who played Carnage in Venom’s post-credit sequence. Venom’s arch-nemesis made a tantalising debut and the prospect of seeing both Hardy and Harrelson on screen as their respective symbiote alter-egos are sure to set up a fantastic sequel.
Whilst shooting Venom, Fleischer touched upon the idea of bringing in Carnage from the outset but decided against it in favour of establishing the pivotal Eddie Brock/Venom relationship.
We’d like to think that this movie will expand to other movies and Carnage is, I think, the most beloved of the Venom adversaries, with the exception of probably Spider-Man. And so we definitely didn’t want to include Carnage in this first movie because it felt like we wanted to establish Eddie and Venom and so that’s why we worked having Riot as our main adversary. But the intention or the ambition was to show that there are legs for the franchise in that a fan favorite let alone played by Woody Harrelson would be something we could look forward to in the future.
Sony Pictures is yet to confirm an official release date, however, Venom 2 is widely expected to be on course for an October 2020 release.
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