Hardy’s Back As “Venom,” “Spider-Verse 2” Talk

Spider Verse Sequel Spin Off Already Planned

With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” almost upon us, those involved have been doing press rounds including former Sony production chief turned producer Amy Pascal.

Pascal remains a producer on almost anything Spider-Man related, including last year’s celebrated animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. Speaking with io9 the other day, she says work is already underway on a follow-up, saying: “We are definitely hard at work on the sequel. You can expect another movie.”

That’s understandable considering the film not only won the Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category, but also pulled in $375 million globally. Peter Ramsey, one of the three co-directors on the first, replied in response to the interview: “Wait – IT IS?!?” which has since drawn its own reaction.

Separately, Pascal spoke with Fandango where she confirmed the “Venom” sequel is moving forward and that Tom Hardy is onboard: “I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can.”

She then went on to discuss why she thinks the first one became such a hit, even in the face of bad reviews:

“It’s a couple of things. One of them is that Sony did a great job creating that franchise and giving it a life and giving it its own world. Then there’s Tom Hardy. When you think of Venom, you’ll never be able to think of anyone but Tom Hardy sitting in that bathtub of lobsters.”

She wouldn’t commit to the idea of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom crossing paths, saying only: “Everybody would love to see that. You never know someday… it might happen.”

One person who will comment though is Holland himself who tells CinemaBlend the one other superhero he wants to team up with next isn’t Venom, but rather Doctor Strange:

“I’m really wanting to do a team-up with Doctor Strange, because we’re both New Yorkers and I just really like the idea of a science guy being teamed up with a guy who does magic, because it totally contradicts everything he knows. And I like the idea that there is real science that Peter Parker talks about, and then there’s Doctor Strange gibberish, where he’s like ‘The time rift and the thing and the thing.’ So it’s kind of fun.”

You can see a new Audi tie-in commercial for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” below. That film opens July 2nd everywhere.