Producers Confirm Tom Hardy Will Be Returning For Venom 2
2018 Marvel-based anti-hero film Venom has to, in retrospect, go down as one of the greatest cases of global morbid curiosity ever. Despite being largely panned by both critics and fans of the character alike, the Tom Hardy-led adaptation of the comic book grossed a stonking $1.2 billion AUD worldwide, with people seemingly as curious to see just how much of a train-wreck it largely ended up being as they were to see Tom Hardy finally dressed up in a superhero costume.
As such, clearly sensing that they have very little to lose with the project at this point, Sony has already reportedly begun work on the second installment in the franchise, which will likely be the last Marvel story a company outside of Disney owns the rights to.
And the gang's all back. Hardy, who's portrayal of the character was admittedly pretty well-received across the board, will reprise his role as Eddie Brock, as will Michelle Williams, who plays Anne Weying. Woody Harrelson, who appeared in the mid-credits scene as Cletus Kasady (or Carnage, as he's better known), will return in a more pronounced role as the film's major villain.
The news of Hardy's official return to the role was confirmed by the film's producer Amy Pascal, in an interview with Fandango. Speaking to the publication, Pascal said, "When you think of Venom, 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."
Speculation is mounting that we might see Tom Holland's Spider-Man make an appearance in the sequel, but when asked about this Pascal only replied, "We have big plans for Tom Holland to be part of everything."
Make of that what you will.
The bulk of the criticism surrounding the first Venom film was directed at its shonky script and inconsistent tone. While fans expected to be a film as dark, gory and gritty as the mood the character has always embodied, instead they got a fairly tame affair, with Sony opting to squeeze as much cash out of the title as possible by making it a PG-13 film. Clearly they have plans to rectify this, as according to Variety director Ruben Fleischer won't be returning — largely because he's already tied down directing the sequel to Zombieland.
However it is thought that Kelly Marcel, who helped pen Venom and also brought screen adaptations such as Fifty Shades of Grey into existence, will be returning to write Venom 2. Can't win 'em all, we suppose.
We'll be sure to bring you any more news on the Venom sequel as it surfaces.