Venom sequel swings into development with writer Kelly Marcel
Sony is moving forward with a sequel to its hit film Venom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade reports that writer Kelly Marcel, who was among the original film’s writers, is currently hard at work penning the screenplay.
Venom amassed an enormous $855 million worldwide during its box office run despite negative reviews and a so-so response from fans. The Tom Hardy led vehicle teased a sequel by introducing Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson, during its closing credits. The trade reports that Hardy will return for the sequel along with co-star Michelle Williams. It’s unclear if director Ruben Fleischer will return.
First appearing in the comic book series as an alien costume worn by Spider-Man in Marvel‘s The Amazing Spider-Man #252 in 1984, it was several years before the creature left Peter Parker and merged with photographer Eddie Brock, forming the antihero known as Venom. Since then, the character has appeared in a variety of different forms and bonded with several different hosts. In the “Ultimate” Marvel Universe, the suit has a more terrestrial origin, created by Parker and Brock’s scientist parents in an attempt to cure cancer. More recently, the Venom symbiote has been moving between hosts, including Mac Gargan (aka The Scorpion) and Peter Parker’s old high school rival, Flash Thompson.
Sony currently has plans to give films to other Spidey characters, with Jackpot, Black Cat, Kraven the Hunter and Silver Sable all candidates to get their own movie. Morbius the Living Vampire already has Jared Leto lined up for the title role.