The theatrical release of Marvel’s latest instalment Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and weekly premieres of What If…? on Disney+ have given the studios an exemplary success. The former even proved to have revived the movie industry by its wholesome triumph with the audience, so much that Sony Pictures has postponed the release of their upcoming movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage by two weeks.
Eddie Brock and the symbiont will make an appearance on the big screen as a standalone after Tom Hardy’s Venom that came out in 2018 and amazed the audience and received an outstanding commercial and critical acclaim. With Let There Be Carnage, Hardy plans on giving the viewers a spectacular film filled with action, as the film is also set to dive into Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady who was seen in the original movie’s post-credits scene.
There are continuously more and more hopes from the fans to see the franchise bring together various Spidey anti-heroes and Spider-Man himself, now that Sony Pictures is widening its horizon with the Spider-Man Universe.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage star Tom Hardy, in an interview with ET Canada, talked about the franchise’s plans on yet another movie right after his sequel debuts in theaters on October 1, 2021.
To elaborate, Tom Hardy explains how for a movie series consisting of three instalments, each instalment needs to have an “infrastructure” of its own in order to establish a plot and how the instalments that follow stand on what worked in the previous setting. He said
“I think you’ve gotta always look at… With these things that come in threes at the moment, and if they progress further, then it’s normally the initial blocking of the infrastructure or a set of franchise movies will be one, two, and three, and done. So, when Venom 1 was presented, it was presented, if it was successful, with the two, and if that was successful, with the three. So one has to look at the whole overarching option.”
Once the character is placed in a certain setting, the process of putting them “on a journey” begins, and from there, the story is established in such a way that the character is allowed to “go bigger” from movie to movie.
“First, you establish a character. If people like it, then you take them on a journey. Obviously, Carnage, he’s a high priest in that aspect in the arcana of the characters. It’s like ‘Wow, you’ve got to go bigger,’ or you go lateral and build the world you continue to unpack.”
Tom Hardy even said that there were chances of touring through “canon and lore and mythology” in the future, especially now that “Venom-Verse” could coexist with the extensively loved Spider-Verse.
Hardy teases the capacity of involving “the right people and the right planning,” could take the anti-hero to new heights, and he is thrilled by the possibilities.
“There’s a Venom-Verse, you know, there’s a Spider-Verse, there’s multiverses, there’s all kinds of canon and lore and mythology to explore both laterally and forward in time. I think with the right people and the right planning, and feedback from the audience, and understanding it’s about making the right choices at the right time… Even with foresight of understanding where things may go already or they wish to go, it’s a combination of all those in the alchemy of what it will be.”
Tom Hardy managed to be ambiguous about where the franchise would go with the threequel, but we have enough information to speculate some fascinating directions that Venom could take in order to be a hit.
There are hopes of a crossover between Marvel Cinematic Universe’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and Sony’s universe. Sony Pictures owns the rights to Spider-Man to date anyway, so the chances of it happening are high. Hardy’s use of the words “the right people and…planning” only hints at a future possibility, and it is safe to say that if Marvel is involved in any way, the project will be kept a secret for as long as possible.
MCU’s current events are shaping to expand the multiverse, and Tom Hardy particularly mentioned the existence of multiverses. This is only about to send the media into a frenzy. Beginning at Loki and working its way around Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel is broadening its horizon of multiple realities. There is a faint chance that Venom’s next instalment and other Sony films could easily slip in through the cracks to join Marvel Studios in their upcoming record-breaking movies.
While Sony’s expanding universe and MCU exists separately right now, there are working personnel from both studios who have mentioned the likeliness of a unification of the two. Whether this will happen with Venom 3 or some other project is a question yet to be answered. But Tom Hardy hinting at the idea has left fans hopeful and excited.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set for its theatrical release on October 1, 2021.
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