As is usually the case with superhero films these days (or pretty much any other big-budget movie for that matter), people are always looking to the future in one respect or the other. In Tom Hardy's case, the Venom actor already has plans for Venom 3.
Hardy, who took on the role of Eddy Brock / Venom in 2018's Venom and the upcoming sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, talked about his experience in helping Kelly Marcel out with the writing for the 2021 superhero film.
Hardy was quoted as saying, "I'm thinking about the third movie as well, because I think you need to write that at the same time." However, when probed about whether this means that Hardy and Marcel are already working on the story for a third Venom film, Hardy had a more subtle response, saying that "a third won't be greenlit until the second is successful."
So, there you have it, folks. If you want Venom 3 to happen, you should watch Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which was just coincidentally delayed.
Is Venom 3 going to be a part of the MCU?
Marcel has since confirmed Hardy's involvement in the Venom films, saying that Hardy is "married to Venom" and is "very involved in what he thinks should happen."
With that said, the larger picture here doesn't just involve Venom 3. Although fans are definitely looking forward to where Brock and Venom are headed next after dealing with Carnage in the second film, audiences will want to know if Venom is ever going to cross over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Because Venom is originally part of the Spider-Man comics, the two share similar settings, albeit in different universes. Case in point, the Daily Bugle also exists in the MCU's Spider-Man movies, which stars Tom Holland.
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group President Sanford Panitch has previously confirmed that the studio does plan on linking the upcoming Morbius (where Michael Keaton's Vulture from the MCU will appear) and Kraven the Hunter movies, with the MCU. Because both films, as well as the Venom movies, belong in the same cinematic universe, we can assume that this was Panitch's way of confirming that Hardy's Venom will eventually cross paths with Holland's Spider-Man.
Of course, please be reminded that this is all speculation.
When is the Venom 3 premiere date?
Now that Sony has released a trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, we know almost for certain that Tom Holland's Spider-Man isn't going to appear in it. However, because the premiere date was delayed to October 15, we won't know for sure until months from now.
The more interesting part here is how well Let There Be Carnage will fare in the global box office.
So far, some of the big-name movies that have been released these past few weeks have suffered because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Among those was James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which had a rather paltry showing despite rave critic reviews.
Unfortunately, it's difficult to know what the studio's expectations are for Let There Be Carnage. We know that it's unreasonable to expect the sequel to do as well as the 2018 film - the classic Spider-Man villain's standalone film raked in more than $850 million in the box office.
If Let There Be Carnage can make back its initial budget and then some, Sony has no reason not to greenlight a third Venom film.