Venom was the surprise sensation among 2018’s many superhero films — the $100 million project piled up $856 million in global box office — so it’s no surprise at all that Sony’s sequel effort is ramping up: Kelly Marcel, one of the screenwriters on the first film, has been hired to begin writing a follow-up for actor Tom Hardy and his shape-shifting CG alien symbiote.
If all proceeds as hoped, the sequel (which is being produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal and features characters from Marvel Comics) will be in theaters on October 2020 — that’s the date that Sony locked in for an “Untitled Marvel Sequel” back in November. Sony declined to comment on the sequel, its script or any release dates.
While Marcel’s marching orders for the sequel have been kept quiet all the breadcrumbs lead toward a silver-screen clash between Hardy’s monstrous anti-hero and his Marvel’s Comics archenemy, the even-more monstrous Carnage. After all, the first film reunited its director, Ruben Fleischer, with one of his Zombieland stars, Woody Harrelson, for a mid-credits scene that showed the Texas-born actor in the Carnage role.