Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Venom Sequel Moving Forward, Woody Harrelson to Return as Carnage

Venom Sequel Moving Forward, Woody Harrelson to Return as Carnage

Say what you like about Venom - and the internet at large has, both for and against - but the Tom Hardy-starring comic book anti-hero movie made almost $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That's only $25 million less than Marvel Studios' own Spider-Man: Homecoming, which certainly proves that audiences are hungry for more Spider-Man related content, even if the web-slinger doesn't appear in it.

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Sony is moving ahead with its Venom sequel, as was expected considering the film's box office success. She will also executive produce the follow-up, which will see Tom Hardy return as the eponymous symbiote.

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Her name is Kelly Marcel, and she's one of Hollywood's current go-to screenwriters, with credits on the Mary Poppins behind-the-scenes drama Saving Mr. Banks, the first Fifty Shades of Grey, plus a forthcoming film about Elvis and Emma Stone's planned punk-rock Cruella de Vil movie.

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By the sound of it, he knows what the fans want from Venom and inviting him to take a more active role in the sequel's creation would be a smart move, no matter who the director is. Beyond the huge box office, Venom brought in a respectable B+ Cinemascore, implying that the rank and file of theatergoers weren't particularly dissatisfied with the experience. It's unclear if director Ruben Fleischer will return. The first Venom did well with its October 5, 2018 release date, so its conceivable it could look to repeat that with the October 2, 2020 date for the sequel.

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