Released last October, the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities. The movie wasn't anyone's idea of a critical success (it got only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it did the one thing it was supposed to do: make a lot of money.It's now sitting at $855 million, only $30 million less than another recent movie in the Spider-Man universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was by all accounts a much better movie.
Following box office smash "Venom", Sony Pictures is putting the wheels in motion for a sequel to the antihero adventure.
EW has learned that Sony is moving forward with a Venom sequel, with Kelly Marcel returning to write the script and executive-produce. 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. It's unlikely we'll see original Venom director Ruben Fleischer return as he will likely be busy shooting the Zombieland sequel.
Just as Deadpool 2 allowed Reynolds more scope to make his own, more outrageous movie that pushed everything that made Deadpool a great character and added heart and more substance, Sony should do the same with Tom Hardy.