Venom 2 plot, cast, release date, spoilers, trailer and everything you need to know

There’s still no official word yet as to whether it’s cool to fancy Venom or not. Come on Sony, don’t leave us hanging.

But we do already know there’ll be a second film allowing fans to drool over Tom Hardy’s version of the character. Other cast members have already acknowledged that, even if they did clam up immediately after uttering those confirmations.

So who’s going to be in it, what’s it about, when can you see a trailer and – most importantly – will Tom Holland’s webslinger show his mask? Here’s everything we know about Venom 2 so far…

Venom 2 plot – will Spider-Man show up?

While it’s looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll get a Spidey-sized cameo in the first Venom movie when it arrives later this year, the director has hinted at a future Spider-Man crossover. Could that take place in Venom 2?

“This feels very much like Venom’s movie. It’s the introduction of the character,” Ruben Fleischer said of the first film, before teasing: “As to where it will go in future movies, and who he’ll run across, I can’t say.”

Venom 2 cast – who is returning?

Tom Hardy will be back. That’s a given. They make actors sign multi-film contracts these days, dontcha know.

Michelle Williams, who stars as Eddie Brock’s ex-wife Anne Weying, will likely be joining him. Unless she becomes She-Venom in the first film and things take a nasty turn as they did in the comics. Hopefully not, though, as that’s DC-level dark.

Riz Ahmed could also return as Doctor Carlton Drake. Drake plays an important role in teasing out multiple symbiotes in the comics, and even transforms himself into a spider-monster hybrid named Homo Arachnis in Spider-Man: The Arachnis Project. Sounds like the character’s definitely got more than one film in him.

Sony’s Marvel Universe, the shared cinematic universe that includes Silver and Black and Morbius movies, could also provide some extra crossover characters. However, the female-led Silver and Black (featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat) won’t be with us for a while, having got stuck at the script stage. So we still don’t know if Rogue One‘s Felicity Jones, who played Felicia Hardy (AKA Black Cat) briefly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, will still lay claim to that role. It’s looking doubtful, though.

One person we can guarantee *is* returning is Woody Harrelson. The Solo: A Star Wars Story actor was the man who revealed there would be a second film – even as he realised he wasn’t supposed to say that and couldn’t confirm who he’s playing in the first film.

“I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know?” he said. “I thought it was under wraps that I’m even in the movie.” It was, Woody. It was.

Our money is on Harrelson playing Cletus Kasady, AKA Carnage, the dog-torturing homicidal maniac who also bonds with a symbiote.

Venom 2 director – second bite for Fleischer?

Harrelson was attracted to the first Venom movie for a number of reasons:

“Well, you know, Ruben Fleischer did Zombieland, directed it, so that was a big part of it. And also, Tom Hardy. I really respect him and think he’s one of the great actors. So that, coupled with what is a really wonderful script, I felt like I kind of should, you know? Roll of the dice.”

Given that Fleischer’s presence was a part of Harrelson’s decision to sign on, and since Harrelson’s only in Venom for “a little fraction of this movie”, surely that means Fleischer and Harrelson are planning to work together on the second film?

Venom 2 release date

The first film hits cinemas on October 5, 2018. We’d expect a second film to land around two years later around the same time, in October 2020.

Venom 2 trailer

Nothing to see here, yet. Move along now, before we make you watch the trailer for the first film again where they use a fan-baiting pronunciation of “sym-bye-ote”.

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