Venom 3 Is In The Works, According To Producer Amy Pascal

With nearly half a billion dollars in the bank and a credits scene that paves the way for a crossover between the "Venom" movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's no question "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" is getting a sequel. Tom Hardy has similarly made it clear he's "deeply invested" in the continuing adventures of those oh-so-messy boys Eddie Brock and Venom, having even received story credit for his contributions to their cage match with Cletus Kasady and Frances Barrison. Question is, what's going on with "Venom 3" now, and how long will audiences have to wait for Eddie and his alien symbiote/boyfriend to return?

Speaking to Collider ahead of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" hitting theaters, all-things "Spider-Man" producer Amy Pascal was naturally cagey about revealing too much about Sony's upcoming Marvel Comics projects. However, she was willing to confirm a third "Venom" film has entered active development, stating: 

"We are in the planning stages right now [on Venom 3], but what we are focused on is getting everybody to come and see No Way Home."

But Will Andy Serkis Return?

"Let There Be Carnage" saw Andy Serkis take over as director from "Venom" helmer Ruben Fleischer, with Kelly Marcel once again writing the script. It's clear that Serkis, Marcel, and Hardy listened to the critical feedback to Eddie and Venom's first outing; as /Film's Chris Evangelista rightly noted in his review, "Let There Be Carnage" does away with any pretense of being "a dark, shadowy, potentially violent antihero story" in favor of playing out as a zany queer-coded rom-com by way of a superhero action movie. It's a juggling act that requires a delicate balance of tones — so it only makes sense to bring Serkis back for "Venom 3," yes?

In an interview with Metro, Serkis made it clear he's game to return for the third "Venom" movie. Much like Pascal, though, he avoided confirming anything definite:

"Well, hopefully ... I don't want to count our chickens. But yeah, of course [I would return for Venom 3]. It was such a fun world to play in."

No doubt, the main reason everyone's wary of talking about "Venom 3" is they want to avoid inadvertently spilling any details about "No Way Home" and how, if at all, Eddie and Venom fit into the movie. And by "everyone," I mean everybody but Hardy, who's been parading around in a "No Way Home" baseball hat for months.

"Venom: Let There Be Carnage" arrives on Blu-ray on December 14, 2021, three days before "Spider-Man: No Way Home" hits theaters.