While promoting the upcoming release of Zombieland: Double Tap, director Ruben Fleischer to Fandom about the future of the Venom franchise (had to bow out as director on Venom 2) and seemingly confirms that Sony’s plan is to have Tom Holland’s Spider-Man crossover with Tom Hardy’s Venom.
FLEISCHER: “That’s where it’s all going to lead… [what] will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”
Exclusive: 'Venom' director Ruben Fleischer confirms the franchise is heading for a Tom Hardy x Tom Holland showdown – 'That’s where it’s all going to lead… [what] will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other'
— Fandom, but spooky 👻 (@getFANDOM) October 14, 2019
Andy Serkis, who did the second unit directing on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy replaced Ruben as the director on Venom 2 and they’ve hired cinematographer Robert Richardson best known for working on Quentin Tarantino’s films such as Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Kill Bill Vol. 1-2, Django Unchained, and Inglourious Basterds.
Venom 2 will primarily film in England at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden with Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom), Michelle Williams (Anne Weying/She-Venom), and Woody Harrelson (Cletus Kasady/Carnage) returning.
The villain of the film will be Carnage, a hyper-violent character that has a symbiote bonding with a dangerous serial murderer.
Having Serkis involved given the extensive motion-capture work needed for Carnage is going to be a huge boost and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that Weta Digital/Weta Workshop joins as well, given their relationship with Andy.
Their next Spider-Man spinoff Morbius directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) with Oscar-winner Jared Leto in the titular role has already wrapped after filming at Pinewood Studios UK and is coming out on July 31st, 2020.
Disney and Sony Pictures recently made a deal to have Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige produce Jon Watt’s Spider-Man 3 set for release on July 16th, 2021 with an untitled MCU film to include Tom’s Spider-Man as well (Secret Wars?).
Sony Pictures has given the sequel a release date of October 2nd, 2020.