Venom star Tom Hardy is apparently glad to be back at work as Eddie Brock, sharing a behind-the-scenes shot from the set of the Spider-Man universe film on social media today. From director Andy Serkis, the film is a sequel to the surprise blockbuster Venom from 2018, and will reportedly pitt Hardy's brock against Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who gets his hands on a symbiote and becomes the powerful killing machine known as Carnage. Whether or not this will turn into a full-on symbiote war, with other Carnage "siblings" in the mix, isn't yet clear, but don't count the idea out.
We do know that Shriek is set to make an appearance, who is right up there with Carnage in terms of messed-up and violent symbiotes. Elements of the story seem to be pulled form the Venom: Lethal Protector storyline that served as the primary basis for the first Venom movie, as well as from the "Maximum Carnage" crossover event.
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Serkis is directing the film from a script written by Kelly Marcel. Hardy returns in the lead role as Eddie Brock / Venom. Harrelson returns as Cletus Kasady / Carnage and Williams returns as Anne Weying. Reid Scott plays Dan Lewis, Anne's boyfriend, and Naomie Harris plays Shriek, Carnage's villainous love interest. Stephen Graham has been cast in an undisclosed role. Filming began in November.
Ahead of Venom, Sony's Morbius movie debuts in July. The film is also rumored to be a part of this shared Spider-Man/MCU universe. That Michael Keaton, who played the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, appeared in the first Morbius trailer seems to back up this notion.
Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige has hinted that Spider-Man could be the lynchpin of a wider shared Marvel movies universe in comments made after Sony and Marvel renegotiated their deal to share characters. “I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”