Note: Contains spoilers for Venom.
So Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Venom was a massive hit, despite the reviews, meaning it won’t be a surprise to anyone that a sequel is on the way.
Even before the movie was released, cast members were talking about a sequel, even if they did clam up immediately after uttering those confirmations. But with the movie surpassing the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool 2 at the box office, a sequel was all-but guaranteed.
And it seems Sony is developing it with the original movie’s co-writer Kelly Marvel back to write the screenplay and executive produce.
So who’s going to be in it, what’s it about, when can you see a trailer and will Tom Holland’s webslinger show his mask? Here’s everything we know about Venom 2 so far…
Venom 2 plot: Spider-Man and Carnage
“This feels very much like Venom’s movie. It’s the introduction of the character,” Ruben Fleischer said of the first film, before teasing: “As to where it will go in future movies, and who he’ll run across, I can’t say.”
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said that a crossover “seems likely at some point”, while producer Amy Pascal is a big fan of Tom Holland, but didn’t specifically state Holland would be in a Venom movie.
“We have big plans for Tom Holland to be a part of everything,” she said. “Every movie we ever do! He needs to be in every movie that I ever work on!”
As for our friendly neighbourhood symbiote pairing, Eddie Brock and Venom have apparently dedicated themselves to doing good and only snacking on the heads of people who are definitely bad. What could possibly go wrong?
And the end of the film promises that another symbiote will show up – Venom’s offspring, Carnage.
However, even the arrival of Carnage won’t make it R-rated, according to producer Avi Arad. “When you hear Carnage, the only thing you can think of is R. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no R here,” he told Collider.
“He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation?”
Venom 2 cast: Who is returning?
It was pretty much a given that Tom Hardy would be back as Eddie Brock and his alien alter ego. They make actors sign multi-film contracts these days, dontcha know.
But in case you needed confirmation, Pascal said in June 2019: “I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can.
“When you think of Venom [the character], you’ll never be able to think of anyone but Tom Hardy sitting in that bathtub of lobsters. And once you saw Tom Hardy do this character, that’s all you needed to know.”
Michelle Williams, who stars as Eddie Brock’s ex-wife Anne Weying, is another prime candidate, considering the question mark over her relationship with Eddie at the conclusion of the first movie.
One person certainly in line to return is Woody Harrelson, who was revealed in Venom‘s mid-credits scene to be playing the serial killer Cletus Kasady – aka Carnage.
The Solo: A Star Wars Story actor was the man who revealed there would be a second film – even as he realised he wasn’t supposed to say that.
“I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know?” he said. “I thought it was under wraps that I’m even in the movie.” It was, Woody. It was.
Beyond that, Sony has a series of superhero movies in the pipeline, so perhaps Morbius (Jared Leto), Silver Sable, Black Cat, Silk, Nightwatch, Jackpot or any of Spider-Man’s other allies and enemies could show up.
Venom 2 release date: When will it arrive?
The first film hits cinemas on October 5, 2018 and it looks like the sequel will stick to the same early October slot.
Nothing has been officially confirmed though… yet.
Venom 2 director: Second bite for Fleischer?
Harrelson was attracted to the first Venom movie for a number of reasons:
“Well, you know, Ruben Fleischer did Zombieland, directed it, so that was a big part of it. And also, Tom Hardy. I really respect him and think he’s one of the great actors. So that, coupled with what is a really wonderful script, I felt like I kind of should, you know? Roll of the dice.”
Given that Fleischer’s presence was a part of Harrelson’s decision to sign on, and since Harrelson’s only in Venom for “a little fraction of this movie”, surely that means Fleischer and Harrelson are planning to work together on the second film?
However, it’s been reported that Fleischer will be too busy working on Zombieland 2 to return for Venom 2, so it remains to be seen if he will be back or if Sony will need to look for another director.
Venom 2 trailer: When will it land?
Nothing to see here, yet. Move along now, before we make you watch the trailer for the first film again where they use a fan-baiting pronunciation of “sym-bye-ote”.