It was pretty obvious from the get-go that Venom was going to get a sequel. It performed dangerously well in the international box office – China loved it – and the mid-credits scene setting up a followup was about as inconspicuous as a shark in a bathtub.
The thing is though, Tom Hardy, as overrated an actor he is, is a very busy man and generally, actors see superhero film work as a cash-grab rather than a passion project, so rumours were circulating that he may not be back for the sequel.
They were just that, though; rumours, and have been swiftly put to bed by Sony producer Amy Pascal as she spoke to Fandango.
Asked about the availability of Hardy, she said:
“I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can.””I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can.”
That’s right, no-one but Tom would be brave enough to do an Elmer Fudd impression for two hours and 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, during a Spider-Man: Far From Home press conference, was asked whether or not that film would ever happen, to which he said:
“I think probably it’s up to Sony. Sony has both those characters and, has Venom in their world. I don’t know what their plans are for another Venom or if they’re doing that. But it seems likely at some point.”
Well that’s pretty encouraging.
There are a few issues though.
Will it still be Tom Hardy’s Venom, or would the character be rebooted?
If it’s the latter, Sony wouldn’t be happy and Marvel Studios would spend too much of their film introducing Eddie Brock into the film, meaning not much time would actually be left for Spider-Man and Venom fighting.
To clarify, just in case you need reminding, Sony own the rights to all Spider-Men and their rogues gallery. In order to get Spider-Man into the MCU, Disney struck a deal with Sony where Peter Parker was essentially borrowed for a split-profits kind of thing.
It’s sort of confusing but while Sony can do whatever they want with Spider-Man and his other related characters, Disney and Marvel Studios have to ask permission to use any of them. So if a Spider-Man/Venom film where going to happen in the MCU, Marvel Studios would have to do a lot of sweet-talking.
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