“No time table.”
‘Venom’ was a risk for Sony, as it was not directly connected to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. That whole issue is a bit murky, but obviously, Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man is part of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would appear that ‘Venom’ is not, and therefore possibly takes place in its own reality without a Spider-Man.
But ‘Venom’ was a resounding hit when it opened last fall, despite not including Spider-Man or being part of Disney’s MCU. It seems that character was popular enough to support his own movie, with no outside help.
There were reported clashes behind the scenes between director Ruben Fleischer and star Tom Hardy, so it was no surprise that it was announced that Fleischer would not return for the follow-up. Which may be fine, as Hardy seemed to be the real key to the film’s success. At least that’s how Pascal feels on the matter.
“Tom Hardy’s Venom was absolutely, bar none, unbelievable. He is so good. Nobody else could be that character.”
Kelly Marcel who contributed to the screenplay of the first ‘Venom’ is reportedly working on the second. The first movie introduced Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, who will presumably become Carnage in the upcoming film.
In addition, Sony has ‘Morbius’, directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Jared Leto, in post-production and due to be released on July 31, 2020. Sony also reportedly has movies featuring Black Cat, Silver Sable, and Kraven the Hunter in the works. At one point, Spike Lee was said to be interested in directing a movie starring an obscure character called ‘Nightwatch’, but that fell apart. It’s possible that Sony would still like to bring that character to the big screen with another helmer behind the camera.
As for ‘Venom 2’, check back for updates as they surface.