The sequel to Tom Hardy’s 2018 box office smash hit Venom has officially been delayed to 2021. It also officially has a new title. The sequel to the film, Venom: There Will Be Carnage, obviously hints that the new villain of Venom’s universe will be Carnage, who was featured in the post-credits stinger in the first film.
Carnage, who in this film will be portrayed by Woody Harrelson, is one of Spider-Man’s ultimate baddies. Cletus Kasady, once a serial killer, became Carnage after merging with Venom’s offspring. The merge was catastrophic, making Carnage a more violent and unstable person because the symbiote simply highlights and adapts to the host’s personality — Cletus was already violent. At some point in the Spider-Man/Venom timeline, the Marvel hero and Sony anti-hero team up to stop Carnage. That could mean that Spidey and his web-slinging powers make an appearance in this Sony film, but our favorite high-school hero might not show up.
Carnage being the ‘big bad’ of Venom seems to tie-in with what looks like Sony’s strategy to set up a veritable cornucopia of Spider-Man villains. Morbius, the Jared Leto vehicle whose first trailer dropped early in 2020, also exists in the Venom and Spiderman universe. It looks like Michael Keaton’s Vulture — who was in 2017’s Spiderman: Homecoming will be in Morbius, making it totally possible that at some point, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might have to face down a group of villains who are ready to help him meet his demise.
But will Venom step in and save the day, given that we know that Venom and Spiderman brought down Carnage together? And will Spiderman show up in Morbius? We won’t know until both films come out. Morbius is still scheduled to hit theaters at the end of July in 2020, but that may change.
Carnage’s love interest, Shriek, will be played by Naomie Harris and Michelle Williams will return as Anne Weying. The film, which will be directed by Andy Serkis, will be out in June of 2021.