Investigative journalist Eddie Brock will don his symbiote suit once again. In the wake of Venom‘s $855 million haul at the global box office, Sony has greenlit a sequel, with Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson all expected to return.
Brock’s sophomore outing will be written by Kelly Marcel, one of Venom‘s three credited writers, The Hollywood Reporter writes. In addition to Venom, Marcel’s other credits include Fifty Shades of Grey, Saving Mister Banks, and Disney’s Cruella, which will focus on the titular villain of 101 Dalmatians fame.
In December, one of Marcel’s co-writers, Jeff Pinkner, claimed that a Venom sequel was probably on its way, although he confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to write the film. Still, Pinkner did drop one interesting tidbit in his talk with Discussing Film: While Venom’s arch-nemesis, Spider-Man, didn’t show up in Venom, Pinker admitted that “it is not impossible that in a future/upcoming Venom movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role.”
Sony hasn’t announced when the next Venom movie might hit theaters, but the studio currently has two Marvel projects planned for 2020, according to IGN. One, an “untitled Sony/Marvel sequel” set to release on October 2, 2020, seems like it could be the perfect landing spot for another Venom flick.
While Sony hasn’t announced who the sequel’s antagonist will be, there’s a good chance that we’ve already met him: True Detective star Woody Harrelson appeared in one of Venom’s post-credits sequences as Cletus Kasady, who Spider-Man fans know better as one half of the psychotic symbiote known as Carnage.
In addition to a second Venom movie, Sony is currently developing a handful of films based on supporting Spider-Man characters, including Morbius the Living Vampire and the Black Cat. Sony also has a number of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spin-offs in pre-production, including a feature following an all-female team of spider heroes led by Gwen Stacy as well as a direct sequel focusing on the relationship between Gwen and Miles Morales.
Venom debuted in David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane’s The Amazing Spider-Man #300 and quickly went on to become one of the web-slinger’s most popular foes. Venom made his big-screen debut in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. While critics gave Venom negative marks, the movie became a surprise hit anyway, making a sequel all but inevitable.
Updated on January 8, 2019: Added the project’s official confirmation and new screenwriter information.
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