Despite Sony’s Venom receiving luke warm reviews overall, even from us at iHorror, it still captured the insane and psychopathic nature of Eddie Brock’s duality with the anti-hero symbiote, and managed to rake in a killing at the box office. If there’s anything that will bring us a sequel, it usually comes down to quantity over quality, and the quantity of Venom‘s sales assuredly means it’s not a matter of if there’s going to be a sequel, but when the sequel will be released.
Reported by Variety, that “when” may be in 2020 of October. According to the site, Sony Pictures has selected two specific dates that have ties to their installments in Marvel’s cinematic universe. One date is set for October 2 of 2020, which is presumed to be the second Venom movie’s debut, but there’s also a date scheduled for July 10th of that year. The current speculation is that July’s date is for none other than the infamous living vampire: Morbius.
Announced earlier this year, Jared Leto (Blade Runner 2049, Requiem for a Dream, and Suicide Squad) was brought on by Sony Pictures to star in the “Spider-verse” spinoff film about the mad scientist turned into a malicious vampire, which will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life and Safe House) and written by creators Gil Kane and Roy Thomas. Along with Kane and Thomas, Morbius will be produced by Avi Arad (Spider-Man), Lucas Forster (Jeepers Creepers II), and Matt Tolmach (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Concerning the writing credits, the screenplay will be scribed by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold and Power Rangers). No additional cast members have been confirmed, but considering Sony Pictures has only two “Spider-verse” films they’re actively working on, it’s likely that the studio has the two dates reserved for Morbius and Venom‘s sequel, with Tom Hardy returning as Eddie Brock/Venom.
Venom and Morbius are revered for their horror and dark themed stories in the Spider-Man series, but Spider-Man’s relation to the horror genre branches beyond the likes of Morbius, Venom, Carnage, or the Marvel Zombies’ Universe. In fact, did you know that while Evil Dead‘s Sam Raimi directed the Toby Maguire Spider-Man films, they were almost directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper and Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter‘s Joseph Zito? No, I’m not joking, and if you want to find out more you can check out our editorial on the Spider-Man horror film that almost came to fruition.