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Tom Hardy Unclear About 'Venom 3'

Actor Tom Hardy is eager for Venom 3, even if he's sending mixed signals about the future of Venom.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) is still on its way to theaters. Though there's time yet before the Venom sequel takes to the big screen, Hardy has already expressed interest in working on more Venom projects in the future. The actor spoke with Esquire about working on Venom: Let There Be Carnage as both the film's star and co-writer.

"I’m thinking about the third movie as well because I think you need to write that at the same time,” Hardy said. He may be restless to get ahead on the third installation into the Sony Pictures series, though provides a vaguer answer when asked about working with writer Kelly Marcel again. "A third won’t be greenlit until the second is successful, but the studio were really, really pleased with number two," he assured.

If that green light is given for Venom to continue on, Hardy plans on engaging with the creative process just as closely as he did with the first two films. "This is new for him, to get [writing] credit, but it’s not new for him to be this involved," Marcel said recently as she discussed Hardy's position as a writer. "He’s absolutely 100 percent committed to everything that he does. He’s married to Venom. He loves this character. He’s very involved in what he thinks should happen.”

The Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters has been growing as of late as it still plans to release its Morbius (2022) and more recently announced its Kraven the Hunter movie. SPUMC president Sanford Panitch has confirmed that there is a "plan" to attach the Sony films to the studio's Spider-Man saga. This could lie within the possibility of Hardy's Venom crossing paths with actor Tom Holland's Peter "Spider-Man" Parker.

Hardy has teased the fateful meeting of symbiote and web-slinger before and feels passionate about making it happen. "I hope and strongly, with both hands, push, eagerly, towards that potential, and would do anything to make that happen, within what’s right in business," he said to Esquire UK.

As willing as Hardy is to spur the franchise forward, there's been caution aired around moviegoing as the COVID-19 Delta Variant could bring about a delay for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This would be a second delay for the movie if Sony Pictures opts to postpone the sequel. If the studio chooses to suspend the release, it would clarify why the film's most recent trailer excluded a release date. As of now, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is still lined up for a September 24 release.

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