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'Venom' Screenwriter Spider-Man Appearance in Sequels 'Not Impossible'





Venom is now a smash-hit success for Sony, and now we have early confirmation that Venomsequels are in the works at the studio. As fans know all too well, Marvel and Sony weren't willing to gamble adding any trace of Tom Holland's Spider-Man to this first Venom movie experiment - but now that it's proven itself as a franchise, it seems that Spider-Man's presence in future Venom sequels is now much more of a real possibility!
One of the co-writers of Venom, Jeff Pinkner, recently appeared on Discussing Film, where he was asked about (among other things) what could happen in future installments of Venom, regarding the Spider-Man character. Here's what he had to say:

"Without revealing anything that I'm not allowed to reveal, it is not impossible that in a future flash upcoming 'Venom' movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role."
This answer tracks with what fans have always expected, ever since the back and forth on Spider-Man's connection to both Venom and the Marvel Cinematic Universe first arose. Venom was always looked at as the first testing ground for Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters franchise - which frankly wasn't expected to be a big contender in the superhero movie franchise race. However, that expectation has quickly changed in the last few weeks, as Venom has suprpassed $850M worldwide, and Sony's SUMC followup, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseis getting near-perfect reviews and topping critics "Best of 2018" lists, heading into its opening weekend. Now it seems that there is indeed an entire universe of Spider-Man-themed films that Sony has at its disposal, with fans eager to delve deeper into that sandbox.

Venom has now proven itself as a franchise-starter, and the sequel is expected to venture into the fan-favorite Carnage storylines, in which serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) gets a symbiote suit of his own, and goes on a rampage of terror as the super-powered killer, Carnage. The larger "Maximum Carnage" crossover storyline also relied heavily on Spider-Man and Venom teaming up to fight Carnage and a gang of killers, which is definitely where Tom Holland's Spider-Man could come into play, if Sony wanted to give its Venom sequel(s) the weight of a major crossover "event" film.
Indeed, the success of Venom now raises two interesting questions:

  • Will Spider-Man possibly be allowed to appear in other SUMC films like Morbius or Kraven The Hunter?
  • Is Venom successful enough for Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock / Venom to establish ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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VENOM 2 Expected To Get A New Screenwriter But Will SPIDER-MAN Make An Appearance?

Venom co-writer Jeff Pinker has confirmed that a sequel is officially in the works, but it sounds like Sony may be taking things in a slightly different direction. Find out more from him after the jump...


Venom massively exceeded expectations at the box office this year and a sequel has already been pencilled in for 2020 (Sony hasn't made that 100% official but an "Untitled Marvel Sequel" has been slotted in for the October and there's really nothing else it could be).

Now, Venom co-writer Jeff Pinker has confirmed that a follow-up is happening but it seems like he won't be the one who writes it. "I can’t say anything other than that it is happening," he explained before being asked if he'll be working on the next chapter: "I am not. As of right now, I am not."
Seeing as Venom was torn apart by critics, it makes sense that Sony will take things in a slightly different direction from a creative standpoint. After all, the bad reviews may not have hurt the movie financially, but a well-received follow-up could see it pass $1 billion if word of mouth is overwhelmingly positive.

Regardless, when Pinker was asked if Spider-Man exists in the same world as Venom, he teased: "Without revealing anything that I’m not allowed to reveal, it is not impossible that in a future/upcoming Venom movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role."

We heard that a lot before the first installment was released and there was no sign of the wall-crawler so, for now, we should probably just expect to see the symbiote take on Carnage!
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'Venom': Carnage Extended Post-Credits Scene Revealed






After months of speculation regarding Woody Harrelson's role in Venom leading up to the film's initial release, a post-credits scene revealed that the actor was playing Cletus Kasaday, aka Carnage. Like most of the movie, this scene was stranger than everyone expected, and ended with Harrelson stating the obvious, "There will be Carnage."
This scene set up the future Venom sequel, despite being a joke with audiences as they left the theaters. It was a very oddly-cut scene that felt more forced than anything. However, the home release of Venom includes an extended version of the scene, and it makes Carnage's debut much, much better.


If you buy Venom now on digital services, or wait until December 18th to grab the Blu-ray, you'll find the extended version of the scene in the special features.
Everything about the scene is the same for the first minute or so. Eddie gets to the prison and begins talking to Cletus, just like he does in the normal cut of the film. After Cletus says his weird line about "arterial spray," things change. He keeps talking to Eddie, sounding crazier with each passing word.

"I could talk about sucking out their eyeballs," Cletus says. "Mmm. Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Eddie, it's hard to see you in that light. Why don't you...come on over. I know they told you to mind your distance, but I'll be a good boy. Honest."
When Eddie approaches, the two characters try to make a deal Cletus agrees to tell Eddie where the other victims are, but only if he hands over his pen and paper so Cletus can write it down. It's definitely a trick to get his hands on some sort of weapon, and Eddie isn't buying it.


"Hey, you want to be the first to get the scoop, right? If you're too chicken...the deal's off. No bodies. No closure for those poor families. No interview of a lifetime for you... When I get out of here, and I will...there's gonna be carnage."
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Paul Franklin Interview: Venom VFX Supervisor






There was a lot that Venom had to get right, but perhaps the trickiest task was creating the symbiote anti-hero himself. The titular character has been reimagined many times across the comics, cartoons and even on screen in Spider-Man 3, and the pressure was on to do all that justice.
Key to this was Paul Franklin, Venom's VFX supervisor. Franklin has worked on many big-budget productions - most notably Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar - but his recent release posed unique challenges - from the lack of Spider-Man to Tom Hardy's improv. For the release of Venom on home video (available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD), Screen Rant caught up with Franklin to discuss creating the VFX of one of the biggest movies of the year.




Venom is incredibly successful. Did you expect this level of success from the film when you were working on it?
You always hope for the best when you start making a film, hope it will find an audience. But you don't really know until you've actually finished the thing. And obviously, we had a lot of ingredients going into the mix that were very promising. It's a well-established character in the comics world, a very passionate fanbase who really want to see this character, and there'd been talk about a Venom film for so many years, so there's a lot of expectation sitting on your shoulders to bring it to the screen. But also when you're trying to do something a little bit different... Venom stands apart from a lot of the other comic book films out there. It has its own, distinct flavor, which is very much the vision of Ruben Fleischer and Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, you've gotta go into this with a little bit of your fingers crossed. But the thing that really made me realized that we had a potential hit on our hands was that, when we put on the crew screenings and I took my kids to see it, at the end of the movie I asked them what they thought. Normally, if they don't like a film, they just tell me how good my visual effects are, because they're just basically trying to say, "Dad, we're trying to make you feel better about it." And they just loved it. They had great big grins on their faces. My daughter, she's a teenager, she said: "I'm going to get all my friends to go and see this." That hasn't happened too often with the films that I've made. And it's not that I haven't worked on... obviously, I've worked on some really good films, but they often appeal to a different kind of audience. You could see it's going to take off. So when we saw the opening weekend numbers, we just thought, "Oh wow, this really has found an audience." There's an audience out there that's looking for something a little bit different, and I think that's what we gave them.
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You talk about your previous movies. Stylistically this has been compared to The Dark Knight Trilogy. It's got a different tone but in terms of the visual stylings and mood, it owes something to those movies. How did it compare as a job?
Every filmmaker has their own approach to creating their film. Obviously some commonalities in the way that the business is structured, the process that we go through, there's a lot of things in common. That's how you become a film professional - you do enough of these things, you know what the programmes going to be. Reuben wanted to make this grounded in that he wanted it to feel it was in a version of the real world that we understand, that we know. He was very keen that we go shoot in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, where Eddie's supposed to live in the film. We shot as much of this film on location as possible. There is stage work, but it's mostly on location out in the real world. We do have moments that go into full CG world, particularly the end of the film during the final battle between Riot and Venom, but even that is a CG recreation of a real place - it's Point Bonita in Marin County just north of San Francisco. So everything has this grounded aspect to it. And, of course, you have a genius cinematographer in Matthew Libatique, who's worked on some of the most amazing films of recent years. He's done such amazing work with Darren Aronofsky, he shot A Star is Bornas well - he had the number 1 and 2 films in the same week. And that brings a sensibility to the film that you can then build on as a visual effects artist.
I think for me what always works best is when we're capturing as much reality with the camera as possible, and then we are using the digital tools to build on, extend and enhance that. So whenever we have Venom in a real-world environment, we shot that in a real set or real location, we had stand-ins to make sure our camera was framed properly, and something for the cast to react to. That makes a huge difference to the way the film turned out. There are commonalities to them, but at the same time, it's a very different film.
The key reference that Reuben gave me at the beginning of this film, when we started working on this was the old John Landis film, An American Werewolf in London. It's a horror film but also has strong elements of humor and is a film about a process of transformation, about the guy becoming a werewolf. And so that was where we were coming from. So you can think of it that. 21st Century, comic book, state-of-the-art update of American Werewolf in some respects.
That American Werewolf stuff comes across, but it's very much its own thing. Take the way that you did the symbiote transformation - how it moves on its own, how it attacks different people. How did that tendril side to things come about? That's quite different to how they do it in the comics but it works so well on the screen.
I think we started on... the visual reference point was indeed the comics. But where the comics left off is where we needed to begin. The comics, for all their brilliance, they're essentially a stylised, abstracted version of reality. We needed to take it to the next step, we needed to add all the extra detail to it which would make you think it was real and not just a drawing. So we, the level of detail and sophistication of what's going on is turned up several levels to give that sort of organic level of detail that you feel you're looking at a living, breathing creature, some sort of biological process is going on. We spent a lot of time looking at real-world reference like undersea creatures, jellyfish, deep sea creatures, squid, octopi. We also looked at things like slime molds, these extraordinary time-lapse films in nature programs of fungi and slime molds consuming detirtus on the forest floor which have an almost sentience to them - they appear to be directed, they're not just a random growth process. And all of those ideas fed into it.
We also knew we'd have some scrutiny on this, you were going to be looking at it so long in terms of screentime. We needed to give enough detail that you couldn't just settle on one part of it and figure out what was going on. So it's always giving you something new to look at moment-to-moment in the shots, and then we let the effects process find its own way. And what I mean by that is that we didn't just press a button and let the computers run off and do it because, frankly, when you do that, the computers don't do anything. It was the effects artists on a day-to-day basis who were finding new, more extraordinary things with the toolsets they'd created and they were offering possibilities and ideas that I'd never even considered. "Well," we thought, "That's cool, we've not seen that before. That really gets to the heart of our story that we're trying to tell, let's bring it in the film." So we offered that up to Reuben and the producers, and they loved what we were doing, so that gave us the confidence to carry and create something people found a little bit different.
You're talking about what you brought to the project. One of the things that fascinated me about Venom was the amount of improvisation that Tom Hardy was able to do, how involved he got into the character. That obviously is very challenging for something as regimented as VFX. Did Tom's acting pose any unique challenges?
Tom's improv on set and how he created the character day-to-day was essential to the character you see on the screen. Because not only is he Eddie Brock, he's Venom - he's performing Venom. That dialogue you hear, we had that on the set. We would pre-record that and he'd have it playing back in a little earpiece. And quite often he was coming up with those lines, he was working with the writer, with Kelly Marcel on set. And he'd record those lines with our sound mixer in his trailer before coming onto set and then we'd hear them for the first time with everybody else. So what we had to do was say, well, we're going to have to embrace this. We can't force this guy, we can't force this artist to follow our script. You know, our prescription for how this thing should be done. We need to embrace this because that's where the magic is and I think that's what people are responding to - Tom's performance as Eddie, Tom's performance as Venom. And capturing that, keeping that in the visual effects was super duper important.
The way that we did that is that rather than go for, say, a motion-capture process where you've got tracking markers all over the character, we built a system where we have what's called witness cameras which are multiple physical cameras on the set recording Tom at different angles so that later on we can put this all together and figure out what he was doing in three-dimensional space to then be able to attach the visual effects to him and use that as a starting point to jump off of. So when we eventually become full digital Venom, we know where we're going - or at least we know where we're starting from, and then we can find our way from there.



We've talked a lot about what was brought to the film. There's obviously something that's missing - Spider-Man. The movie doesn't really suffer from not having Venom's origin character, but I imagine in creating this character must have been tricky not having one of his fundamental aspects - the Spider symbol, the web-swinging. At what point did you have divorce yourself from those aspects?
Right from the beginning, it was very, very clear to us that this was the way we were going, a standalone origin version of the character. We looked, obviously, at the comic books, and comic books can get you so far in terms in references to what the character's going to do. We had to figure out, for instance, his white chest pattern, because you couldn't just leave him as an all-black character - the black-and-white aspect of Venom is very important. And we spent a lot of time figuring out, well, are there are stylized shapes and patterns we can use, something suggestive of the character's heritage? Or do we need to start from scratch and think of something new? And it was actually Avi Arad, one of our producers. Avi's been involved in Marvel films since the beginning of the process, for many many years, and he is intimately aquainted with the charcater - he loves Venom, Avi's all about Venom. And he said to me, "Look, you're creating the symbiote." We'd been making the raw symbiote, which is this very vascular, organic, amoeba-like creature that you see at the beginning of the film which has this veinous structure on its surface. And he said, "Well, we're making the veins there, and Venom is this huge, muscular dude. So how about we do something that's a bit like that the veins pop out of a bodybuilder's chest?" You think about young Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferigno in his prime, when they're all puffed up and the blood's running through their veins and they're standing out like thick ropes across their physique, how about something like that, so we say that this is an integral part? It's not just a color, it's not just a surface pattern. It's something which is deeply organically part of him, and then relates to the symbiote. And once Avi had said that, I could see a way forward, a way that we could do this. We wanted to still keep the sense of graphic stylization, so the pattern is roughly symmetircal and if you look at Venom, there's a very subtle "V" shape - V for Venom - on his chest. There is a graphic aspect to it, but it becomes its own thing. And I think it spoke very much to the nature of the creature we were creating. So having the freedom to be able to do that, being empowered by the filmmakers to go away and do that and take that risk in such an iconic property, that was pretty liberating.
I think ultimately, the reason the film succeeds without having all of the other stuff in it, is the strength of Tom Hardy's central performance and the storytelling that's going on there, that we're all part of that process and that's why the film works.
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I don't see how this movie was successful. It was fucking terrible.
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25 Things That Make No Sense About The Venom Movie


WARNING: There will be spoilers for Venom.
Despite poor reception from critics and low expectations all around, Venom is devouring box office sales. The newest Marvel film is even on track to smash the previous October weekend record with an estimated $80 million in sales.
Everyone around the world seems to be completely absorbed by Venom and the symbiote has been able to quickly invade and possess our minds. However, there were some scenes throughout the movie that broke us out of the alien parasite’s trance and brought us back to reality.
These scenes are those plot holes, oddities, and straight-up confusing devices that made us take a step back from the movie’s story and caused us to question its plausibility.
Even though superheroes and villains don’t live in our universe, we’d like to think that they could. We want the people in the movie to act like they would in real life and for the movie to essentially make sense in the real world. Therefore, when we catch these little nuances, it can break our concentration and cause us to get distracted from the film’s underlying plot.
So, get ready to break the symbiote’s bond, because here are the 25 Things That Don’t Make Sense About The Venom Movie.
25 Why didn't Eddie just text the evidence to his old boss instead of scaling a building?

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We see Eddie doing everything it takes to get his old boss some evidence of the human trials at the Life Foundation. He even scales a building to leave his phone in his boss’ office – but what was he thinking?


Why didn’t Eddie just text or email the images to his old boss? Did he forget how phones worked?
Also, he ended up leaving his phone next to a note that said, “do the right thing”. How was his former boss supposed to know what that meant? Even if the phone didn’t have a passcode on it, the boss wouldn’t have known what he was supposed to be looking at on the phone.
24 What was Riot's plan?

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Riot planned on going home and returning with an army of symbiotes. However, he didn't have a plan to get back. The symbiotes were forcibly brought to Earth so they didn’t know the planet's coordinates or have a big enough vessel to bring them back. In fact, how did they even have a plan to invade Earth if it wasn’t even their plan to be on the planet in the first place?
Riot also told Drake he needed Venom before they could leave. However, if the plan was to come back to Earth, why not leave Venom and see him when they returned? Venom said he was a “loser” so he clearly wasn’t vital to the plans.
23 What happened to the yellow symbiote?

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Throughout the movie, we saw four different symbiotes. Venom was in the black symbiote and Riot was the silver one. Then, the blue symbiote was destroyed when Dr. Dora perished. So, what happened to the yellow symbiote? Also, why didn't anyone know about Riot?
A lot of people perished in Malaysia because of the symbiote, so why didn’t Carlton Drake link those events to that of a symbiote?
He also potentially knew there was a fourth one that got away and never went looking for it.
22 Venom's powers

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When we’re first introduced to Venom, he tells Eddie Brock not to open the door. He could sense that someone was going to knock on the door before it happened. So why wasn’t Venom able to sense the drone approaching them in the alley or the car that hit their motorcycle at the end of the car chase?
Since Venom can’t stand sounds over 600Hz, it seems as though he has sensitive hearing and should’ve been able to hear the drones following him. Also, how does Venom know how to fight in a human body? He has never been to Earth and therefore wouldn’t have ever possessed a body with butt-kicking skills.
21 Were the San Francisco police trained by the Gotham PD?

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There’s a running gag in the DCU that the Gotham police are absolutely useless when it comes to stopping crime. However, the San Francisco Police Department might give them a run for their money. During the entire scene when Drake’s henchmen chase Eddie throughout the city, there isn’t one cop around until the end.
These cops also let the henchmen go at the end of the scene and don’t seem to know how to apprehend criminals.
For example, when the SWAT team corners Eddie in the news station, an officer yells “MASK” to tell the squad to put on their gas masks. However, this also warns Eddie of their plans and gives him time to prepare.
20 Why didn't Carlton Drake's henchmen have a weapon to stun symbiotes?

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The Life Foundation knew a lot about symbiotes. So, why didn’t they create a weapon to stop or stun the alien creatures? When Carlton Drake’s henchmen went after Eddie Brock in his apartment, they didn’t seem to know anything about symbiotes or what Venom was capable of doing.
However, they did know that symbiotes don’t like sounds over 600Hz. So, why didn’t anyone think to bring some music to stun Venom and get the symbiote back to the lab? It would’ve saved them a lot of headache and evil henchmen.
19 Why is Venom so emotional?

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For a villainous alien parasite, Venom seems to be very emotional without any real reason. Throughout the movie, he made Eddie apologize to Anne for betraying her trust and protected the kids playing video games in the apartment he crashed into.
Venom also cried about being called a parasite and told Eddie that he wants to stay on Earth for him.
The last one was particularly odd because there was nothing in the movie that made Venom want to stay on Earth. We never see him connect with humans and we aren’t given any evidence as to why he fell in love with the planet or Eddie.

18 How do the scientists get the symbiotes back in their containers?

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The symbiote in the blue container made its way through many different people. At the beginning of the movie, we see it attack Carlton Drake’s first “volunteer” and then, later on, it re-emerges from its container again to destroy Dr. Dora.
However, how did Drake and his fellow scientists get the symbiote back inside its container? They wouldn’t have been able to get close to the symbiote, let alone touch it, or else it would’ve possessed their body and potentially demolished every person it came into contact with.
17 Fire is everywhere yet doesn't hurt the symbiotes



Venom tells Eddie that symbiotes have two weaknesses: sounds over 600Hz and fire. However, the symbiotes come into contact with fire in multiple scenes throughout the movie and didn't seem too phased by it.
At the beginning of the movie, Riot comes across fire when he eats the eel in Malaysia but barely flinches when he sees the flames.
The symbiotes also all survived an explosive crash onto Earth and Venom walks through firey explosions throughout many points in the movie. Lastly, Anne calls these weaknesses the symbiotes’ “kryptonite”. How does she know what kryptonite is? This is a Marvel movie!
16 How does Venom know Riot's plan but not know who Anne is?

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When Venom tells Eddie about Riot’s plan to invade Earth, Eddie asks him how he knows all this. Venom simply responds saying that he sees all and can see Eddie’s memories.
However, this explanation makes no sense because Riot’s plans were never in Eddie’s memories. Venom also never came into contact with Riot prior to this scene, so it feels a little random that he knew the symbiote’s entire master plan. Also, if Venom was telling the truth, why did he have to ask Eddie who Anne was later on in the movie? Venom should’ve been able to access Eddie’s memories and therefore would’ve known exactly who Anne was without having to ask.
15 Why is Dr. Dan such a bad doctor?

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Dr. Dan may have a Ph.D., but he doesn’t seem to act like a very good doctor. The entire audience saw Eddie’s MRI results and clearly noticed a large black entity circulating around his body.
So, why did it take Dr. Dan so long to notice it? It takes him hours to call Anne and tell her about Eddie's decaying body.
Also, even if he didn’t know about the parasite, Dr. Dan told Anne that there’s something terribly wrong with Eddie’s charts and that his heart seems to be decaying. Wouldn’t that have been immediately noticeable as soon as he got the results?
14 Are there no cameras in Drake's lab?

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Eddie Brock is able to waltz into the Life Foundation without anyone noticing he was ever there. However, shouldn’t a lab as advanced as the Life Foundation have cameras?
A lot of illegal activity happens within the walls of the Life Foundation, so it would only make sense that they would install high-tech cameras in the event of an intruder. If they did have cameras, they would’ve easily been able to see Eddie in the labs and would’ve instantaneously known who betrayed the company.
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13 Eddie just happened to be looking at Anne's laptop when she received a Top-Secret email

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Eddie Brock doesn’t seem like he’s a top investigative reporter. However, it might just be because he has more luck than Deadpool’s Domino. At the beginning of the movie, he just happens to wake up in the middle of the night and walk over to his fiancé’s computer at the very moment that she’s receiving a top-secret email about the man he’s about to interview.
Not only is this very lucky for him, but it’s also very careless of Anne. Why is her laptop set to show the topic of emails before a password is entered?
If she’s used to working high profile cases, she should’ve developed some high-level security settings.
12 Venom likes chocolate and tater tots now?

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Throughout the movie, we see Eddie Brock transform into a literal vampire. He’s always hungry after he merges with Venom and is constantly on the search for warm, living meat. However, at the end of the movie, Venom requests chocolate and tater tots as his meal of choice.
Does that mean that the symbiote and their host don’t actually have to eat meat? Or does that just mean that Venom adapted to his new way of life and evolved into an alien that doesn’t need meat to survive? Either way, we don’t get the answer from watching the film.
11 How can Anne program an MRI machine and the sound system at Drake's lab?

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Anne is a lawyer in the film, but it seems like she’s actually in the wrong line of work. Based on her skills in the movie, she really should be in the IT field.
Without any medical or technical background, Anne is able to quickly turn on the MRI machine when Venom starts to attack Dr. Dan in the hospital.
She’s also able to find a working computer in a room that Riot trashed and easily program the sound system to play a deafening sound over 600Hz. Both of these feats don't seem like something a lawyer could’ve easily accomplished without any tech background or training.
10 Why don't the symbiotes attack any of the scientists in the room when it's released?

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When Carlton Drake or his scientists release the symbiotes to bond with the lab’s “volunteers”, the alien blob immediately goes after its target. However, why don’t the symbiotes ever attack the scientist that lets it free?
Symbiotes simply need a body or host to live, so wouldn’t it have gone to the nearest warm body? Why have they been sparing the bodies of the scientists that free them? This is particularly true when Drake releases the symbiote to attack Dr. Dora. It seems as though the symbiote listened to Drake and attacked her on his behalf.
9 Why does Dr. Dora give up so easily?

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Dr. Dora was terrified of Carlton Drake and what he would do to her children. However, she very easily gives in to his demands when she’s caught.
When Drake’s henchman confronts Dr. Dora about who betrayed the lab, she doesn’t even try to deny it.
Then, when Drake questions her about who she let into the lab, she very easily gives Eddie’s name and simply ignores the fact that the man standing before her threatened her children. Furthermore, if Drake wanted to keep things hush-hush, why did he hire so many doctors to work on his program or fire so many people? Wouldn’t they just leave and tell the world his secret plans?
8 The kids in the movie

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Carlton Drake doesn’t know how to interact with children. At the beginning of the movie, he tells a little girl an inspiring speech about how she shouldn’t let anyone silence her. However, he’s literally using his speech to silence her and never lets her ask him her question.
Later on, we also see him interact with the little girl from the Malaysian airport. He awkwardly asks the girl how she got into his lab and where she came from. However, as bad as he is with children, why is he the first person to do so? No one else wondered why there was a little girl walking the streets alone? And where were her parents?
7 The qualities of a "good host"

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Both Venom and Riot describe Eddie as being a good host. However, he seems to be the very opposite of a “good host.”
Eddie has consciousness while he binds with Venom and can act out of his own free will. Wouldn’t that be the definition of a bad host?
Wouldn’t you want a host that will literally just do whatever you ask it to do? Also, why is Riot able to find so many tolerable hosts throughout Malaysia, yet the other symbiotes failed to even find one in a controlled lab setting?
6 Venom and Riot's fight was only 4 minutes according to the rocket's launch timer

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One of the best parts of Venom is the fight scene at the end of the movie. In this scene, we see Venom and Riot fighting and catch some amazing clips of Eddie and Drake battling underneath it all. However, despite how epic the fight was, it was apparently only four minutes long.
When Drake sets the launch for the rocket, it flashes a five-minute countdown. By the end of the Venom-Riot fight, the countdown says “launch in t-minus one minute.” This means that only four minutes elapsed between Drake pressing the launch button and Anne turning on the deafening sounds that defeated the symbiotes.
5 Why isn't Eddie in jail at the end of the movie?

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At the end of the movie, we see Eddie talking to Anne on her doorsteps. However, this isn’t where we should’ve seen Eddie. He actually should have been in jail. Many police officers and witnesses saw Eddie transform into Venom and eat people's heads. So, why is everyone able to move past this all and let a villainous man roam the streets of San Francisco?
Instead of being arrested for his crimes, Eddie gets everything he’s ever wanted.
He gets his job back, lands an interview of a lifetime, and starts winning back the love of his life. According to this movie, even villains can have a happily ever after.
4 How did Venom return and why is Eddie okay with the symbiote making his body decay?

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The biggest question at the end of the movie is how Venom managed to come back after his grand sacrifice. Also, how much time elapsed between Venom’s goodbye and his return to Eddie’s body? The beginning of the movie had time lapses (ie. the main events of the movie started six months after Eddie lost his job) but these hints seemed to disappear by the end of the film.
We also learned that Venom was slowly decaying Eddie’s body. So, why is Eddie okay with this now and why didn’t he come up with a plan for his heath?
3 Stan Lee's Cameo



No Marvel movie is complete without an infamous cameo from Stan Lee. However, this cameo seemed a tad out of place. After Venom returns, Eddie walks down the street and runs into Stan Lee walking a tiny dog. The old man laughs and tells Eddie something along the lines of, “I hope you two can work it out with her.”
Now, this is simply comic book fan service, but it also raises some interesting questions.
Stan Lee has been revealed to be a Watcher through his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So, why would he risk his cover by chatting with Venom and revealing that he knows more than he should?
2 The Mid-Credit Scene



“When I get out of here, and I will, there’s going to be carnage.” This line is what criminal Cletus Kasady tells Eddie Brock during Venom’s mid-credit scene. It provides great fan service for people that love the character but also leaves the movie on a mysterious and confusing note.
What does this mean for the future of Venom? Will there be a sequel? How does Cletus become Carnage? Is there another symbiote waiting to be discovered or has Cletus already been bonded? Also, more importantly, what is up with Woody Harelson’s cheap red wig?
1 The end-credit scene has nothing to do with Venom... or does it?

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Meanwhile, in another universe, Sony utilized their end-credit scene to advertise their next feature film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We get a glimpse of the first time Miles Morales meets the alternate-universe Peter Parker at the grave of Miles’ Peter Parker. Then, the cops appear and Miles drags an unconscious Peter Parker on a chase through New York City.
Although the end-credit scene seems to be totally disconnected from the rest of the film, could it hint at Venom’s connection to the Spider-Verse? Can we expect him to appear in future Spider-Man movies, or was this simply a teaser for the next Sony film?
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'Venom' Sequel Officially Moving Forward With Original Writer

Though it has been long-speculated that Sony's Venom would receive a sequel, recent reports suggest a sequel is officially moving forward at Sony. According to a report from Variety, Sony has hired Kelly Marcel — part of the writing team behind the first flick — to pen Venom 2.

Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) is also slated to receive executive producer credits on the sequel which will see Tom Hardy return to reprise his role as Eddie Brock. The report also states that Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson are each set to reprise their role from the original film, with the latter set to play fan-favorite Spider-Man villain Carnage.
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‘Venom’ Sequel Likely to Replace Original Film’s Director



Scheduling difficulties may force Sony Pictures to move forward on its Venom sequel without director Ruben Fleischer, Variety reports.
Fleischer is now developing the sequel to Zombieland, also backed by Sony, which could reach theaters this October. The Venom sequel, now in the works at the studio with original screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is being prepped for an October 2, 2020 release.
Star Tom Hardy is signed to a three-movie deal and is expected in the next installment to face off against symbiote-powered serial killer Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who first appeared in a mid-credits tag to close out the first film.
“We’ve definitely laid some groundwork for different directions that the franchise could go but obviously it all hinges on people’s excitement about this film,” Fleischer told ComicBook.com at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
“I hope people will stay and see what seeds have been planted.”
An offshoot of the Spider-Man franchise — set in a world separate from the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the Sony-controlled Spider-Man (Tom Holland) exists as a member of the Avengers — Venom proved itself a mega-hit at the box office, earning $855 million worldwide on a reported budget of just $100 million.
Venom’s performance made it the third-highest grossing Spider-Man-inspired blockbuster, behind only 2007’s Spider-Man 3 ($890m) — where Venom made his live-action debut, to mixed reactions — and 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880m).
The film, backed by franchise producers Avi Arad and Amy Pascal, beat out 2002’s Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man ($821m), 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2 ($783m), Marc Webb-steered reboot The Amazing Spider-Man ($757m) and 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($757m), and animated critical darling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($275m+).
Like its predecessor, the Venom sequel is expected to retain its PG-13 rating despite the involvement of unhinged murderer Cletus Kasady.
“When you hear ‘Carnage,’ the only thing you can think of is R. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no R here,” Arad previously told Collider.

“He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation? Was he born like that, or it’s someone we should feel for, because if you are succeeding to make a villain someone you can feel for, jackpot.”
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Venom 2 Finds A Director



Talking of Venom, we recently learned that Kelly Marcel is returning to pen the screenplay but with that news came the update that director Ruben Fleischer may be unable to take the helm of the sequel due to the fact that he's committed to Zombieland 2.

That's probably just an excuse, though, because while Sony was happy with those box office numbers, they don't want to deliver another critically panned movie (it's also been said that Tom Hardy was unhappy with the reception and the blame there obviously lies mostly with the director).

As a result, with production surely set to start later this year to meet that October 2020 release date, it shouldn't be too long until we find out who Sony wants to take charge of this follow-up.
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VENOM 2: It Looks Like Director Ruben Fleischer Won't Be Returning To Helm Sony's Sequel

With the Venom sequel said to be director-less and heading into production this fall, Sony is scrambling to find a filmmaker to board the project. But who should step in to fill in Fleischer's shoes?...




Considering the conflicts director Ruben Fleischer and Sony Pictures had throughout the making of Venom, the finished product ultimately came out with a surprisingly distinct tone - a scattered yet undeniably entertaining one filled with dark humor and Tom Hardy zaniness.

When it was reported that Sony was officially developing a sequel, the trades mentioned that Fleischer was "unlikely" to return, and now Discussing Film reckon they've confirmed that to be the case.

Sony has more than likely begun the search for a new director already, but here are just three filmmakers I personally believe would be a great fit to helm the symbiote sequel.

Fede Alvarez



Working off of his filmography, Fede Alvarez seems to be a very fitting replacement for Ruben Fleischer. With movies like Don't Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, it is no doubt that he has Sam Raimi in his corner as well. With his horror influenced style, and tendency to get fantastic performances from his actors, (see Stephen Lang in Don't Breathe) Sony should give Alvarez a call.

Drew Goddard



If you've been in the CBM community for a while Drew Goddard is a name you should recognize. The director has a passion for superhero projects in his veins, yet most of his projects never come fully realized. The closest Goddard has gotten to his original intentions was his sting on Daredevil, and though he was initially was going to showrun the Marvel masterpiece, his influence can still be seen throughout the whole first season. As a director, he recently released the underseen Bad Times at the El Royale, no doubt one of the best films of 2018. Sony has been toying with the director for a while, it's about time he gets a CBM project into fruition.

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg



I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been mostly known for their comedic work on films like The Interview and This is the End, but their television comic book adaptaions have impressed audiences. As self-proclaimed comic book junkies Rogen and Goldberg take chances, launching series' like Preacher and the upcoming Amazon series The Boys. In regards to Venom, they have it's sense of humour down, but they also have the willingness to take dark turns and risks.

Other suggestions include anyone who has directed/will direct a Godzilla/King Kong movie.

Who do you think should direct the Venom sequel?
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Amy Pascal Confirms Tom Hardy Will Return For VENOM 2 And Addresses The Future Of The SPIDER-VERSE Franchise

In a new interview, Spider-Man: Far From Home producer Amy Pascal offers some updates on the Venom sequel, plans for the Spider-Verse franchise on the big and small screen, and Tom Holland's future...




Venom wasn't a critical hit but it clearly struck a chord with moviegoers because it ultimately made $855 million at the worldwide box office. Now, Spider-Man: Far From Home producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that a sequel - with Tom Hardy - is indeed moving forward at Sony Pictures.

"I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can," she revealed. As for what led to Venom's success, Pascal added: "It's a couple of things. One of them is that Sony did a great job creating that franchise and giving it a life and giving it its own world. Then there's Tom Hardy."


"When you think of Venom, you'll never be able to think of anyone but Tom Hardy sitting in that bathtub of lobsters."


Pascal wouldn't commit to any updates on Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Tom Hardy's Venom crossing paths on the big screen, but noted that the most important thing is to ensure that these franchises all work individually. However, she's well aware of the interest from fans. "Everybody would love to see that. You never know someday... it might happen."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was another hit for Sony, and while there are reports of the franchise moving to the small screen, Pascal promised that Miles Morales will swing back into theaters.

"Well, of course it's going to be on the big screen and it's going to be about Miles," she said. "I don't think you should exclude [Miles from a live-action movie]. I think you should assume there is nothing to exclude." What about Tom Holland's Spider-Man, though? "I can say that we've had a fantastic partnership and you never know what's going to happen."

"We have a lot of stories to tell about Spider-Man, in every facet."
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Sony Considering Andy Serkis for Venom 2 Director

Sony has met with Black Panther star Andy Serkis about Venom 2. The studio is interested in tapping Serkis as director for the upcoming project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Serkis met with Sony execs in Los Angeles, but he isn't the only person in the running for the position. He is one of several filmmakers being considered for the project, as director Ruben Fleischer will not return for the sequel.


Serkis has an extensive career in motion capture, which would make him a valuable asset for Venom 2. He helped perfect the technology starting with his role as Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also used motion capture to perform fan-favorite roles like Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes movies and Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. With this experience, he would be able to lend his expertise to the digital creation of Venom in the film.


Recently, Serkis has tried his hand at directing as well. Starting in 2017, he made his directorial debut with Breathe. Since then, he has directed The Ruins of Empires and Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle .
Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Venom 2 does not yet have a release date.
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Venom 2: Andy Serkis Is the Perfect Director For Sony's Sequel



Following the $856.1 million haul of Venom, it's no surprise that Sony is charging ahead with a sequel, with star Tom Hardy, but without director Ruben Fleischer. The studio reportedly met with performance-capture maestro Andy Serkis about stepping behind the camera. However, according to Variety, he's only one of the director candidates, along with Travis Knight (Bumblebee) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Taking nothing away from Knight and Wyatt, both proven talents, but Venom 2 should be placed in the hands of Serkis. The more you think about it, the more it looks like a match made in heaven.




Serkis' work in motion capture has been critically lauded. His portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made him a virtual household name. However, it was his performance as Caesar in the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy that established him as a master of his craft. Serkis brought a soul to the CGI character, and played a big part in redefining what's possible in film.

It's his ability to connect with, and transform, these computer-generated characters that's resulted in him becoming the go-to person for performance capture. Now, imagine what he could do with the likes of Venom and Carnage.
Venom featured a host of decent special effects and motion capture, but there's so much more that can be done with the symbiotes. While Serkis might not star in Venom 2, his guidance and knowledge of the art is paramount to elevating the film to the next level.
In terms of his directing ability, Serkis acted as a second-unit director for the last two Hobbit films and helmed two productions on his own. While his directing resume isn't as expansive as Fleischer, Knight or Wyatt, his work on Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle proves he has a knack for dark and violent tones, as well as managing a superstar cast.




Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle didn't exactly wow the critics or audience, but it's much closer to the original tone of Rudyard Kipling's All the Mowgli Stories than the Disney movies. This shows that Serkis is a student of his projects and isn't afraid to dive into the meatier, grittier stories rather than coast along on the superficial.
Amazingly, Serkis succeeded in doing this within the realm of PG-13, the same expected rating as Venom 2. While the history between Carnage and Venom is extremely violent and bloody, the film won't be rated R (according to producer Avi Arad), and it doesn't need to be. Having dealt with monsters of all varieties in his previous films, Serkis will surely understand how to tackle one like Cletus Kasady/Carnage within the confines of a more general rating.
With Sony eyeing a November 2019 production start date for Venom 2, an announcement on the director is imminent. Let's hope that it's Serkis who gets the nod over the others, as he could pull off something sensational here.
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Venom 2 Officially Taps Andy Serkis as Director



A week ago it was reported that Andy Serkis was leading the shortlist of directors that Sony was looking at for Venom 2 - but now it's been made official. Reports are dropping that Serkis has officially closed his deal to direct Venom 2, taking over for Venom director Ruben Fleischer.
THR confirmed Sony's choice of Serkis as director - but really, fans were all but ready to celebrate late last week, when Venom star Tom Hardy dropped this not-so-cryptic tease that Serkis was indeed going to be directing the Venom sequel:



The post-credits scene of Venom introduced to Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady, the infamous serial killer who goes on to become the symbiote-enhanced killer known as Carnage in the comics. The scene all but screamed Carnage's arrival in Venom 2, which could either set up or directly adapt a Marvel Comics crossover event like "Maximum Carnage", which saw Venom having to team with Spider-Man and other heroes to stop Carnage and his gang of monstrous killers from massacring their way across Manhattan.

With Cletus Kasady on the board, and suggestion that we could see Tom Hardy's Venom and Tom Holland's Spider-Man crossover sooner before later, Venom has all the potential of being one of the biggest Marvel event movies outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Just more reason that fans want Venom director Ruben Fleischer exchanged for someone more capable of telling a cohesive and sensible creature-horror superhero film.
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It's actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I'm ready for the ride...Cant's wait! Are you ready, Tom Hardy? #venom #venom2 #marvel


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‘Venom 2’ Director Andy Serkis Has “Very Clear Ideas” About Where to Take the Sequel [TCA 2019]




Last week, the director search for Venom 2 was narrowed down to three. Andy Serkis was prematurely announced by star Tom Hardy on Instagram. Now it’s official: Andy Serkis will direct the Venom sequel. Serkis was on a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries A Christmas Carol, so reporters were able to ask Serkis about directing Venom 2.
Since Serkis just signed on to direct this week, it’s not surprising that his answers at this point are a tad vague. He did answer several questions before moving on to A Christmas Carol, so let’s dive into his visual plans, his history with Tom Hardy, and his approach to directing, as well as Serkis’ thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series.

Andy Serkis Has “Very Clear Ideas”

Venom 2 will be the biggest film Serkis has directed to date. He previously directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which had plenty of performance capture characters, and the intimate biography Breathe. Between Mowgli and Serkis’ history with performance capture in the Planet of the Apes films, King Kong, and Lord of the Rings, the visuals of Venom will be in his wheelhouse.
“I’m right at the beginning stages,” Serkis said. “I’ve got some very clear ideas about the journey I’d like to see visually and how we can take the characters into another dimension.”
Serkis Puts Trust in Hardy and His Collaborators

Before Venom came out, Hardy said in the press that 40 minutes of his favorite material had been deleted. Since the film was a hit, perhaps Hardy will get his way on the sequel.
“Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centered around their take,” Serkis said.
Andy Serkis is an accomplished director and performer in his own right. He certainly warrants the authority of the director’s chair. However, Serkis’ approach is to create an inclusive environment with all his collaborators.
“What I’ve learned from directing full stop is you’re working with an extraordinarily team of highly talented people and to create an atmosphere where everyone is able to do their work to 150%,” Serkis said. “As much as anything, directing is about creating an atmosphere of people not being afraid to step forward with their very best work.”
Hardy is someone with whom Serkis had been trying to collaborate for many years.
“I’ve known Tom for many years and always admired him hugely as an actor and producer,” Serkis said. “We’ve always wanted to work together directly. I’m deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I’m really honored to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it’s going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema.”
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Michelle Williams Confirms Return for Venom Sequel

Sony wasted no time getting a sequel to Venom in development, announcing the follow-up not long after the first film became an instant smash hit at the box office. Word on the upcoming sequel has been mostly quiet over the last year or so, until earlier this week when it was confirmed that Andy Serkis had signed on to direct it. Now that someone is at the helm, it looks like the pieces are finally falling into place. Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock and Michelle Williams has finally confirmed her return as Anne Weying.
Outside of Hardy's leading role, no other actors have yet to be announced for the upcoming Venom sequel. Woody Harrelson's Carnage is more than likely, given the first movie's post-credits scene, but Williams' future as Anne seemed up in the air. That changed on Wednesday when Yahoo published an interview with Williams about her new film, After the Wedding.
When the subject of Venom 2 came up, Williams put all worries aside by simply saying, "I'm in." That's about as straight-forward as one could be. Williams will be a part of the Venom sequel. Period.
Later in the interview, Williams went on to sing the praises of new director Andy Serkis, who became something of a cinematic icon playing motion capture characters over the years, before taking on the challenge of directing.
“I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish,” Williams said of Serkis. “He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.”
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VENOM 2: Three-Time Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson Reunites With Director Andy Serkis

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, who is coming off Once Upon a Time In Hollywood has signed on to shoot Venom 2, the highly anticipated sequel which is being helmed by Andy Serkis




Robert Richardson has signed on to shoot Venom 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One of Hollywood's most prestigious cinematographers, Richardson is a three-time Academy Award winner for his work on JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. He's frequently worked with a number of prominant directors in his career, including multiple films with Oliver Stone, Quintin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese.


Richardson is coming off work as cinematrographer on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. His other Tarantino films include Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. For Scorsese, he's worked on Casino, Bringing Out the Dead, The Aviator, Shutter Island, and Hugo. With Stone, he won an Academy Award for JFK, but also worked on Platoon, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, and more. Suffice to say, Richardson has got a quite the extensive resume and his experience should prove valuable for Sony's sequel.

Venom 2 will actually be a reunion for Robert Richardson and Andy Serkis. Richardson was the cinematographer for 2017's biographical drama Breathe, which happened to be the directorial debut for Andy Serkis.

Venom 2 is slated for release in 2020. Tom Hardy will be reprising his role as Eddie Brock and will be joined by returning star Michelle Williams. Woody Harrelson will also return as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
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Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige Reportedly Helped Sony With Venom





Sony's Venom movie reportedly received some help from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, though the film is not officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures struck a deal that allowed Spider-Man to join the MCU. In the years since, the studios have worked together on solo Spidey movies, but Sony's also been planning their own Marvel Comics movies separate from Spider-Man and the MCU. The first of these was Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. It hit theaters last fall and grossed $856 million worldwide.
Although Venom reviews weren't resoundingly positive, the movie did earn plenty of fans and proved to be a financial success with its box office haul. As such, Sony has been relatively quick to move forward with Venom 2, which doesn't yet have a release date, but might take the studio's October 2020 date. Recently, Venom 2 set Andy Serkis to direct, so the sequel is chugging along well. While fans hoped to see Venom one day crossover into the MCU, or at least cross paths with Tom Holland's Peter Parker, it appears that may not be happening given reports of Sony and Marvel Studios parting ways. These reports also include the revelation that Marvel's Feige help Sony with Venom.


As part of the Deadline report on Sony and Disney/Marvel's collaboration falling apart, the publication makes reference to Feige previously having discussions with Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman about Marvel Studios having a larger role in non-MCU productions, such as Venom. Specifically, Feige "lent an unofficial hand" to Venom, but it was long before Sony landed on a final cut for the movie. In fact, Deadline reports "Rothman himself spent a good long time in the editing room" indicating whatever help Feige offered came before Rothman's work. In i09's report on the studios' current status, a Sony representative confirmed Feige contributed to other Sony Marvel movies on which he didn't receive a producer credit.




It's not clear how much time or effort Feige put into Venom, but it comes as little surprise that Sony would want to use him as a resource since much of the MCU's success can be attributed to him. However, bringing in Feige, and Rothman's own involvement in the editing room, points to a larger problem the studio had with Venom prior to its release, and could explain Sony's desire to hire a different director for Venom 2. Ruben Fleischer directed Venom, which proved to be divisive even after Rothman and Feige's involvement (whatever the latter's was), and did not return for the sequel.


It also makes sense Feige would want to help out on non-MCU projects. Since Sony holds the rights to 900 Marvel Comics characters, there's a vast library that Marvel Studios can't touch without Sony's permission. They already have Morbius the Living Vampire and other Marvel movies in the works, not to mention a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated sequel and spinoff. Sony is putting its Marvel Comics characters to work. Now it simply remains to be seen if Sony will continue to forge ahead on their own, or if the studio will come to an agreement with Disney and Marvel so they have the added benefit of Feige's expertise at their disposal. Fans will have to wait and see how future unfolds regarding the relationship between Sony and Marvel Studios - and how it does or doesn't affect the Venom sequel.
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Yes, Woody Harrelson Is Returning As Carnage In Venom 2



Venom 2 cinematographer Robert Richardson says Woody Harrelson will indeed be returning as Carnage for the sequel. Sony released the first standalone Venom movie last fall, and while it was not a critical darling, the film broke box office records during its run and launched a new franchise for Sony to develop. Unsurprisingly, the studio is in the process of piecing together the followup, recruiting Andy Serkis to direct earlier this month.


The first Venom, of course, featured a mid-credits stinger where Eddie Brock visits a prison to interview Cletus Kasady, the serial killer better known as Carnage in the comic books. Played by Harrelson, this scene seemed to be intentional sequel setup where Carnage would be the primary antagonist going up against Venom. However, to this point, the only confirmed Venom 2 cast members were Tom Hardy (obviously) and Michelle Williams. But now, fans know Harrelson will, as presumed, be reprising his role as well.


In an interview with Collider, Richardson was asked what drew him to Venom 2. The acclaimed cinematographer revealed he was hoping to add a comic book adaptation to his résumé for a while, and liked the prospect of working with Venom 2's talented cast and crew (including Harrelson):


I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best.




Again, it was widely believed Harrelson would return for Venom 2, and while this isn't exactly official confirmation, it's encouraging to hear Richardson openly discuss Harrelson's involvement. Carnage, who in the comics is the symbiote offspring of Venom, is a character fans have wanted to see onscreen for a long time and viewers were excited by the prospect of the two going at it in the near future. Venom's Riot was a serviceable villain for the purposes of Eddie Brock's origin story, but the hope here is Carnage can leave a much more memorable impression and help elevate the sequel. Having someone like Harrelson onboard certainly won't hurt, as the actor's proven time and time again he's an extremely versatile performer who can handle any kind of material given to him. Harrelson's Kasady should fit right into the established Venom universe with an eerie and possibly campy turn from Harrelson.


Ideally, this won't be Harrelson's lone rodeo as Carnage. Venom and Carnage have such a rich history with each other, it would be a shame if it was only explored in a single film. This is one instance where it would arguably be better if the villain survived a comic book movie and was able to return at a later date. Perhaps Sony could even find a way to have Spider-Man team up with Venom to take down Carnage (which happened in the comics). That would certainly get people buzzing and soften the blow of Peter Parker no longer being in the MCU.
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SPIDER-MAN Star Tom Holland Reportedly Shot A Cameo For VENOM But Disney Made Sony Remove It

There were rumours for a long time that Peter Parker/Spider-Man was set to make a cameo appearance in Venom, and a new report claims that Tom Holland did shoot something...that Disney decided to scrap!




Venom wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but a lot of fans out there are still anxious to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man cross paths with Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock. Heading into the 2018 release, there were rumblings that Peter Parker could make an appearance in the movie, with seemingly reliable sources stating that he would be among the students on a field trip to the Life Foundation.

Well, it's now claimed that this was indeed the plan, and Holland actually shot a cameo of some sort.



However, Disney and Marvel Studios reportedly didn't want the two franchises to be linked (as it would insinuate that Venom was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), so they pushed Sony into dropping that cameo from the final cut. With Spider-Man now heading back to the "Spider-Verse," the two characters meeting is a given and it could happen as soon as the wall-crawler's next movie.

You can't blame Disney for not wanting Holland to make a cameo in Venom, but now that Spider-Man is a wanted criminal after his identity was outed by Mysterio, there's a good chance a "Lethal Protector" like Eddie Brock could head to New York City looking to take down Peter Parker.
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Venom 2 Reportedly to Begin Shooting Very Soon

The Symbiote is gearing up for a comeback with Eddie Brock, as Sony Pictures will apparently get started on the sequel to their hit Spider-Man spinoff movie Venom. It was recently announced that Andy Serkis will take over the director's chair, uniting with actors Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams for Venom 2. Now we know when Sony will plan to get started on the movie, with a new listing from Production Weekly indicating that filming could begin before the end of the year.


According to the new listing, Venom 2 will begin production on November 25th under the working title "Fillmore." That means we're a little over two months away from Hardy's return to his zany portrayal of Eddie Brock.
Producer Amy Pascal said that Hardy portrayed the definitive version of the popular Marvel anti-hero, explaining in an interview with Fandango that the actor is pivotal to the franchise.


"It's a couple of things. One of them is that Sony did a great job creating that franchise and giving it a life and giving it its own world," Pascal said. "Then there's Tom Hardy. When you think of Venom, you'll never be able to think of anyone but Tom Hardy sitting in that bathtub of lobsters. And once you saw Tom Hardy do this character, that's all you needed to know."


The film will likely flesh out Woody Harrelson's role as Cletus Kasady, who was briefly teased in the end of Venom. It's likely that he'll get his own Symbiote in Venom 2, finally becoming the fan-favorite Spider-Man villain Carnage.


Cinematographer Robert Richardson confirmed that he'll be joining the new movie, teasing Harrelson's expanded role during an interview with Collider.


"I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom," said Richardson. "But now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration."
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VENOM 2: Andy Serkis' Sequel Reportedly Starts Shooting As Soon As This November

Spider-Man fans are in desperate need of some good news after the wall-crawler's removal from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now a new report reveals that Venom 2 is quickly starting to come together.




Venom may not have resonated with critics, but it was a massive hit at the box office and a lot of fans are now very excited to see what comes next for Eddie Brock in Sony's Spider-Verse.

With Andy Serkis at the helm and Carnage expected to be the sequel's big bad, it's fair to say that Venom 2 stands a chance of being one of 2020's best superhero movies (assuming it is indeed released next October) and now that Spider-Man is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the wall-crawler making some sort of cameo appearance makes perfect sense.


Now, a new report from Production Weekly reveals that Venom 2 is looking to start filming on November 25th. We don't know where that will take place, but the working title is "Fillmore."

The Fillmore is a historic music venue in San Francisco, so that could be an indication that Eddie and his alien "other" will remain in the city as he hopefully embarks on becoming a Lethal Protector.
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