A standalone “Venom” picture, almost wholly divorced from the “Spider-Man” universe, may have looked odd a few years ago. With the success of “Venom” in 2018 and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in 2021, the symbiotic antihero has become one of the Sony-owned Marvel roster’s most important characters, and the star of a billion-dollar franchise (per The Numbers). Tom Hardy now definitively owns the twin roles of Eddie Brock and his extraterrestrial counterpart, and the character’s future looks bright.
With that in mind, fans are already speculating about what surprises await Venom in a third film, which is all but assured.
There have been lots of suggestions about where the series and main character may go next, but few definitive answers. So, with that in mind, let’s dig right in and examine some critical elements around “Venom 3.”
When Is Venom 3 Coming Out?
The third “Venom” film has yet to be released. Because “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is still playing in cinemas and movie release dates have been shifted due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it seems probable that Sony is waiting to see how the newest picture does before announcing Tom Hardy’s next appearance. Consider how linked his destiny now appears to be with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man (more on that later).
It’s uncertain when “Venom 3” will be released. Sony still plans to release “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on December 17, 2021, and “Morbius” on January 22, 2022. It’s conceivable that we won’t hear anything about “Venom 3” until after both of those pictures have had their chance to flourish in theatres.
The previous flicks may potentially provide indications as to when “Venom 3” will be released, given Sony’s penchant for surprise moviegoers with fan service. We’ll see.
Who Is in Venom 3?
The actor roster for a prospective third “Venom” film is currently unknown, especially since the second film concludes with major changes in Eddie Brock and his titular symbiote’s lives. Regardless of the film’s final form, Tom Hardy must return as both Eddie and the voice of the symbiote that enables him. Hardy has been the series’ heart and soul across two movies, so his presence in a third “Venom” is very certain.
The supporting cast is where the fun begins. With Eddie and Venom on the run, it would make sense for Michelle Williams and Reid Scott to reprise their roles as Ann and Dan. While the return of either Carnage (Woody Harrelson) or Shriek (Naomie Harris) seems unlikely, given their apparent deaths in the second film’s climax — though never say never, as the comic book Carnage has risen from worse deaths before — “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” does hint at a future for Stephen Graham’s Patrick Mulligan, who in the comics is known as Toxin.
With Venom and Eddie leaving the MCU after “Let There Be Carnage,” it’s up to Marvel and Sony to put Hardy against Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. When “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hits theatres on December 17, we’ll know more.
What Happens in Venom 3?
No narrative elements for the third “Venom” film have been revealed yet. However, the following steps for Venom and Eddie are clearly laid out.
At some point in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” Eddie and his symbiote companion appear to be transferred to the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline populated by Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. So, like upcoming Marvel flicks “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” this may be a future feature for the anti-hero. While it’s evident that Venom and Spider-Man will cross paths, especially with this multiverse twist, “Let There Be Carnage” director Andy Serkis said that “Of course it’s going to happen.”
Whether Venom and Spider-Man fight in “Venom 3,” it’s unclear which storey pieces from the first film will be carried over to the sequel.
The seeming demise of Venom’s archenemy Carnage is a major plot point. Stephen Graham’s role in the film is expanded, although it’s uncertain if he’ll become Toxin as in the comics, as the film hinted a different route. Also, Knull — the King in Black and creator of all symbiotes — may be coming to Earth. But for now, it’s just supposition.