Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

VENOM Returning for Sequel (But Director Might Not)

VENOM Returning for Sequel (But Director Might Not)

If you liked Tom Hardy's sci-fi blockbuster Venom, you'll be thrilled to know that a sequel may have received the official green light. But it did make Aquaman money (or near to it), so Sony - who has nothing to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe owned by Disney - is doubling down for part two, even, as per Variety, hopefully bringing back one of the writers from the original. The movie wasn't anyone's idea of a critical success (it got only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it did the one thing it was supposed to do: make a lot of money.It's now sitting at $855 million, only $30 million less than another recent movie in the Spider-Man universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was by all accounts a much better movie.

However, it's not clear whether director Reuben Fleischer will be returning; he's slated to helm his long-awaited Zombieland sequel, which might impact his availibility for Venom 2.

Venom was far from a flawless movie. This might not be the worst thing in the world, because the map for making Venom 2 better has already been plotted by another sequel and that required a change of director too. The supporting characters, villains and story weren't anywhere near up to the same level and that's very much the same with Venom.

Reports of the sequel will come as a surprise to many given the first Venom was so heavily panned by critics -'s reviewer felt there were "pulled punches and missed opportunities". Carnage should certainly allow for that and it would be great to see more of She-Venom after the tiny hint in the first movie.

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