Emboldened by the success of ‘Venom’, Sony has locked in two 2020 release dates for its Marvel movies, July 10 and October 2. Though the names weren’t announced, the July 10 spot is dedicated to “an untitled Sony-Marvel project,” while the October 2 slot goes to “an untitled Sony-Marvel sequel.”
The first feature will most likely be ‘Morbius’, directed by Daniel Espinosa (‘Life’), with a screenplay by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’). So far, only Jared Leto has been cast as the lead character, Michael Morbius although the picture is said to include the characters: Emil Nikos, Morbius’ best friend and fellow biochemist who attempts to help cure him of his blood disease, with Sony allegedly seeking Riz Ahmed or Rami Malek for the role; Martine Bancroft, who in the comics was Morbius’ finacée who became his victim and later, a vampire-like being herself; and Loxias Crown, as the villain. There is no Marvel character named “Loxias” Crown in the comics, but it seems as though this will be a modified version of the villain Crown a.k.a. The Hunger, another vampire-like being.
The second release is listed as a sequel and is most likely ‘Venom 2’, even though Sony has yet to officially confirm a sequel to this year’s hit. But Tom Hardy was signed for three films and after ‘Venom’s monstrous global box office haul– it’s made more than ANY ‘X-Men’ movie– follow-ups are a given. It looks as though Sony is jumping right on a sequel in order to get it out within two years of the first, so as not to lose momentum.
‘Venom’ had the highest October opening weekend of all time, so it makes total sense that Sony would put its sequel out at the same time of year.
Some have speculated that the second film, a sequel, could be a ‘Spider-Man’ film, but ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is coming out in 2019, so 2020 is too soon for another ‘Spider-Man’, or even a sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, seeing as how animated movies take so long to produce. Also, the live action ‘Spider-Man’ movies are now attached to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, so expect further releases in that line to be co-determined between the two studios.
Are you excited to see more Sony Marvel movies after ‘Venom’?