The movie wasn't anyone's idea of a critical success (it got only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it did the one thing it was supposed to do: make a lot of money.It's now sitting at $855 million, only $30 million less than another recent movie in the Spider-Man universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was by all accounts a much better movie. That's only $25 million less than Marvel Studios' own Spider-Man: Homecoming, which certainly proves that audiences are hungry for more Spider-Man related content, even if the web-slinger doesn't appear in it.
Despite critics denigrating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.
It's set to be written by Kelly Marcel, who has previously written Saving Mr Banks and Fifty Shades Of Grey and was brought in for rewrites on the first Venom. Sources are also saying Marcel will also take on a role of executive producer for the sequel and that Tom Hardy will return as the symbiote infested Eddie Brock.
It's not quite official, but industry insiders are pegging the likely release date of the Venom sequel (think it will be called Venom: Carnage?) as October of 2020, which would match the release window of the original. He will be busy with Zombieland 2, and that could limit his availability for Venom 2.
More news on the Venom sequel as it arrives.