The ‘Venom’ Sequel Probably Won’t Come Out in 2020
Sony’s Venom was unquestionably a massive hit for the studio, and a sequel is absolutely on the cards at the studio. However, while it was initially expected to release in an October 2020 window that Sony reserved, one of the producers of the first film is now casting doubt on that.
Producer Amy Pascal – the former Sony Pictures executive who facilitated a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios, and helps oversee development of all Spider-Man movies as part of her severance package from the company – has recently been on the press tour to discuss her part in developing Spider-Man: Far From Home. Even though the Venom film franchise does not involve the character of Spider-Man, she’s still involved with the movie and its sequel because the character falls under the Spider-Man IP umbrella, so it makes sense that she would be asked questions about it. While speaking with ComicBook.com, she was asked about the sequel’s progress, and her answer suggests that Sony aren’t ready to start filming as soon as some fans had hoped:
“Yes, [Venom 2] is in the works. [There’s] no time table [for its production].”
So it seems likely that we can rule that projected October 2020 release window out at this point; while the project has a writer in Kelly Marcel, and Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson are all expected to return, no director has stepped up to the plate. Specifically, Venom director Ruben Fleischer is seemingly not interested in working on the sequel. At the current rate, a second Venom movie will likely arrive in 2021, which is expected to be the year the third Spider-Man offering from Marvel Studios hits theaters.
Currently, Morbius will be Sony’s sole 2020 Spider-Man franchise movie (albeit without Spider-Man in it), scheduled for July 10 of that year. We’ll see if Sony does anything Spider-Man related with that October 6 date if one of the follow-ups to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is ready that quickly (as Pascal noted that they are hard at work on the next film, even though an official announcement for the sequel has not been unveiled), but with Venom 2 likely not ready in time for that release window, it’s entirely possible that the studio will just swap it out with an unrelated film.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than seven years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.