'Venom 2' Release Date, Plot, and Everything to Know

The Sony-Marvel sequel is definitely happening, right?

Despite the total absence of Spider-Man, Sony’s Venom movie was a massive success. The 2018 anti-hero superhero movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, made a ton of money. So Venom 2 is pretty much guaranteed, right? At this point, the answer is probably yes, but an exact release date is still unknown.

The critical responses were somewhat mixed but generally positive after Venom was released in October 2018, and there’s no denying its commercial success after crossing the $800 million worldwide gross in November. Because of its success and the popularity of the character, it’s easy to assume that Sony will produce a sequel ASAP.

Venom tells the story of investigative journalist Eddie Brock who, while looking into a shady scientific research corporation in San Francisco, gets infected by some black alien ooze called a “symbiote.” The creature bonds with him to become “Venom,” a powerful organism capable of reshaping its body at will, giving Brock awesome powers and something akin to a split personality. The ending firmly established the character as an anti-hero that’s neither “good” nor fully “bad” so a sequel would further his misadventures.

Here’s everything we know about Venom 2 and some speculation about what we might expect out of the movie. (Spoilers for Venom below.)

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'Venom' makes a new friend.

Is There Going to Be a Venom 2?

On December 11, Nicholas Whitcomb of Discussing Film published an interview with Venom screenwriter Jeff Pinkner. When asked outright if Venom 2 was in the works, Pinkner said, “I can’t say anything other than that it is happening.” Pinkner also confirmed that he wasn’t the one writing it.

More recently, however, [Variety] reported that Sony already locked in Kelly Marcel (one of three writers on Venom) to pen the sequel. The same article revealed that director Ruben Fleischer may not return because he’ll be busy working on Zombieland 2.

None of this comes as much of a surprise, however, considering that the Venom post-credits scene essentially confirmed a sequel by teasing Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, best-known as the red symbiote villain Carnage. But when Harrelson talked with Collider in May 2018 about Venom, he said, “I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know?”

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What a smile!

What Is the Venom 2 Release Date?

Normally, there’d be no way to really know when a movie like this might eventually hit theaters, but because it’s a superhero property, Sony Pictures schedules these release dates far ahead of time.

In late November 2018, Variety reported, “An untitled Sony-Marvel project will hit theaters on July 10, 2020, with an untitled Sony-Marvel sequel following on Oct. 2.”

Variety assumes the July release is for Jared Leto’s Morbius and that the “Sony-Marvel sequel” on October 2 will be the Venom sequel. The first Venom hit theaters on October 5, 2018 so a sequel almost exactly two years later makes a lot of sense.

Is There a Venom 2 Trailer Yet

Not yet. The first trailer for Venom hit YouTube on February 8, 2015. So assuming the sequel comes out in October 2020, the first trailer for Venom 2 should arrive in February 2020 (just over a year from now).

Then again, given the huge financial success of the first film, it’s possible Sony could start teasing the sequel even earlier.

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Will Venom face off against Spider-Man in a 'Venom' sequel?

Could Spider-Man Appear in Venom 2?

Venom screenwriter Jeff Pinkner also mentioned to Discussing Film in December 2018 that Spider-Man appearing in a future Venom movie was at least possible, saying, “Without revealing anything that I’m not allowed to reveal, it is not impossible that in a future / upcoming venom movie that Spider-Man will play a significant role.”

This at least implies that Spider-Man appearing could happen, but wouldn’t it be strange to see Tom Holland’s small Spider-Man face Tom Hardy’s hulking Venom? “Everyone involved would be very excited by a Spider-Man/Venom movie,” Pinkner also said. So it seems like this is everyone’s hope, but who knows if it’ll actually happen?

Venom 2 isn’t technically confirmed yet, but we might as well expect it as an inevitability.

Watch this breakdown of the Venom post-credits scene.

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