Sony has planned for Venom to jumpstart their dark yet irreverent take on the superhero universe, leading into a world chock full of Spider-Man villains and secondary players. Tom Hardy, starring in the dual role of Eddie Brock and the symbiote Venom in the antihero’s titular debut, already has an intriguing take on the character. But he also revealed that this, if everything goes well, will be his approach to Venom for the foreseeable future.
That’s because, according to Total Film, Hardy is under contract to play these characters for three movies. When asked about his future as the divided head-biter, Hardy explained that he’s already been locked down.
"I'm open to whatever you want to do with it,” the actor said. “We've signed up for three of them. So it's very much an open case. We'll see what people's responses are to it. I think it's an awesome character. I love playing both of them. It's an amuse-bouche, and for Sony, it's the Venom-verse launched in isolation, as it were.”
“We all prepped for it to be a standalone universe. So whatever Sony wants to attach to it at a later date, it's a fulcrum piece," Hardy added. So there’s a little flexibility here, contracts aside. While the film could completely flop and immolate these plans and the universe as a whole, Hardy’s co-star Woody Harrelson has also talked about how his unannounced character gets more to do in the planned sequel.
That could partially explain the “we” in the “we’ve signed up for three of them,” but other characters could certainly recur if Venom was indeed a hit. And yet, with towering figures in the superhero cinema world like James Gunn fired in the midst of even a successful run (of the Guardians of the Galaxy films), perhaps this planning is a bit premature.