While Marvel and DC dominate the world of superhero movies, one of the most famous superheroes of all time–Spider-Man–isn’t owned by either studio. Marvel was in serious financial trouble during the late ’90s and sold the cinematic rights to some of its prize possessions to other studios, with Spider-Man going to Sony, and X-Men and the Fantastic Four to Fox. And while the latter two properties have now returned to Marvel, Sony clearly has no interest in letting Spidey go. His appearance in the MCU is via a temporary co-production deal with Disney, and Sony continues to develop its own films using characters from Spider-Man comic books.
The first of these was 2018’s Venom. The film starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes the host for the dangerous alien symbiote of the title. The movie was met with very mixed reviews but was a box office smash, grossing more than $856 million worldwide. A sequel was announced soon after the movie’s release, and in April this year, the title was confirmed to be Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Like most major Hollywood movies set for release in 2020, the Venom sequel had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it won’t be released this year at all. However, production was completed before the pandemic shut down work across Hollywood, and we know quite a bit about the film so far. So while we wait for the next dose of symbiotic insanity, here’s everything we know so far about Venom: Let There Be Carnage.