Tom Hardy announced this morning that pre-production for Venom 3 has started. The Venom star posted a video of a test shot from the first film of him practicing the back-and-forth struggle between Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote.
The Instagram video’s caption reads: “Whilst working on V3 pre prep @lelping @sonypictures @sony @venommovie this throwback came up #cuttingroomfloor #byetom👋🏼 #thankstom”. Is Hardy hinting at his last Venom film? It seems that would be the case.
Venom 3 will be directed by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), who wrote and produced the first two Venom movies alongside Tom Hardy; Marcel and Hardy are also writing the script of the third film. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Hutch Parker will all produce alongside Marcel and Hardy.
Plot details haven’t been released and there are no further details about Venom 3 other than it will be the last film in this Venom franchise. It has been reported that Tom Hardy will finish his trilogy and presumably step aside.
Marvel Studios has already teased its own adaptation of the Venom symbiote during the post-credits scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s when Hardy’s Brock/Venom was transported from Sony’s Spider-Verse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He then gets transported back to his own universe, but a small piece of the symbiote was left behind on the bar table.
Fans are still hoping that the last film in Sony’s Venom franchise will be a big crossover like Venom fighting Spider-Man or one of the Spider-Mans. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been reported to be coming back for a fourth film. Spider-Man: No Way Home brought back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of the web-slinger. Venom has also seen Holland’s Spider-Man when he saw Spider-Man in the post-credits scene in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Perhaps, one of these versions could make it to Venom 3. Tom Hardy certainly hasn’t given up at the chance to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man. He still wants to give fans what they’ve been hoping for.
“I would be remiss if I wasn’t trying to steer any kind of connectivity,” Hardy said of a potential Spider-Man crossover during an interview with Esquire. “I wouldn’t be doing the job if I wasn’t awake and open to any opportunity or eventuality or be excited by that. Obviously, that’s a large canyon to leap, to be bridged by one person alone, and it would take a much higher level of diplomacy and intelligence, sitting down and talking, to take on an arena such as that.”
“Should both sides be willing, and it be beneficial to both sides, I don’t see why it couldn’t be,” Hardy added. “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. But it would be foolish not to head towards the Olympic Games if you were running 100 meters, so yeah! I want to play on that field.”
It would definitely benefit both franchises if it were to happen. There is no release date set for Venom 3. You can see Tom Hardy’s Instagram post here.