Against all odds, Sony turned a Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man in it into a success, as 2018’s Tom Hardy-starring Venom racked up over $850 million at the global box office against a $100 million budget. With returns like that, making a sequel was a no-brainer, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage being put into production almost immediately.
Just because the Venom franchise lacks Spider-Man right now, though, doesn’t mean it always will, as Sony’s agreement with Marvel Studios is scheduled to come to an end following December’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. In fact, I’ve long thought the events of that film will leave Tom Holland’s version of the character stranded in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (yes, that’s what they actually call it — SUMOC) with Tom Hardy’s Venom.
During a recent interview with Esquire, Hardy was asked about whether or not he hopes to see the two iconic Spidey archenemies cross paths, prompting quite a passionate response out of the 43-year-old Academy Award nominee.
“I would be remiss if I wasn’t trying to steer any kind of connectivity,” he says, drawing on his vape. “I wouldn’t be doing the job if I wasn’t awake and open to any opportunity or eventuality or be excited by that. Obviously, that’s a large canyon to leap, to be bridged by one person alone, and it would take a much higher level of diplomacy and intelligence, sitting down and talking, to take on an arena such as that.
“Should both sides be willing, and it be beneficial to both sides, I don’t see why it couldn’t be. I hope and strongly, with both hands, push, eagerly, towards that potential, and would do anything to make that happen, within what’s right in business. But it would be foolish not to head towards the Olympic Games if you were running 100 meters, so yeah! I want to play on that field.” [via Esquire]
At this time, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on September 24. HOWEVER, the most recent trailer for the film has left some fans feeling worried, as it only teases that the film will release “this Fall” instead of September 24.
In addition to Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock / Venom and Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Casady / Carnage, the Andy Serkis-directed film stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, and Stephen Graham.