Defying all expectations, Sony’s Venom movie was a huge success for the company. The film pulled in more than $855 million dollars worldwide, easily making it Sony’s highest-grossing movie of the year, and the film’s $213 million domestic take narrowly missed the Top 10 of domestic earners for 2018. It’s no surprise, then, that a sequel is coming, and today Variety reports the official word that screenwriter and producer Kelly Marcel, one of the writers on the first film, will be returning for the second.
The report includes news that both Tom Hardy, who starred as Eddie Brock, and Michelle Williams, who played Eddie’s ex, Anne Weying, will both be returning. They’ll be joined by Woody Harrelson, who appeared in Venom‘s mid-credits scene as Cletus Kasady, the serial killer who would be Carnage. No word yet on whether Harrelson’s incredible wig from that scene will also be returning.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Venom. I had no expectations going into it, and the plot was formulaic as can be, but I found the banter between Eddie and the symbiote legitimately charming, and the whole affair ended up winning me over in a ‘turn off your brain’ kind of way.
Look for the sequel to Venom in 2020.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.