Morbius - Likely July 10, 2020
Along with Sony’s animated efforts, they also have a plethora of live-action properties, continuing the Spider-Man villain shared universe started by this year's Venom.
Producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad confirmed that Morbius, The Living Vampire is Sony's next Marvel movie, with Jared Leto taking the title role. Charting the tragic tale of the biochemist-turned-vampire, the film is expected to begin shooting in February 2019 to meet the July 10, 2020 release date.
Venom 2 - Likely October 2, 2020
2020 also has an October 2 opening, which is assumed to be Venom 2. As the champion of their comic book universe, the film will likely see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock continue to be the Lethal Protector of San Francisco, likely going up against Woody Harrelson's Carnge. Considering that Hardy’s contract consists of three movies – and that Venom 2 could end up being as successful as the first – it’s very likely that a Venom 3 will turn up several years after that.
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Other Films In Sony's Spider-Man Villain Series
Beyond 2020, the apparently-titled SUMC (Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters) is said to incorporate the lesser-known vigilante Nightwatch into its ranks. Luke Cage show-runner Cheo Hodari Coker is attached to the project, which would relate the tale of Doctor Kevin Trench, who witnesses the death of a technologically advanced vigilante at the hands of a terrorist group, only to discover that the dead hero is a future version of himself. Spike Lee was reportedly attached to the project, but he has since denied his involvement.
Furthermore, popular Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter is due to receive his first-ever cinematic outing. Using the iconic "Kraven’s Last Hunt" as a basis, Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) is scripting the big-game hunter’s movie which, like Nightwatch, is without a director or a release date.
Not all of Sony's live action efforts are about bad guys. The most recently discussed of these more heroic outings were the Silk and Jackpot solo movies, which would chart the origins of these newer female additions to Spidey’s mythos. There’s no word on who is writing or directing these movies though, so, as it is with the Into the Spider-Verse sequels, we do not know when they’ll be released.
There are other SUMC movies with a more turbulent development. It was reportedly due to count a Mysterio movie among their number. However Mysterio is soon set to appear in Far From Home, so this idea seems to have been discarded. Silver and Black has similarly hit a snag early in its development; the movie was originally due to follow the adventures of Spider-Man’s friends (and sometime enemies) Black Cat and Silver Sable. Screenwriter Lisa Joy (Westworld) and Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) each tackled the script before Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) came aboard to write and direct the picture. However, in August 2018, it was announced that the film would be split into two solo movies, and that Prince-Bythewood was no longer directing, though she would receive a producer credit. There has been no mention of either film since then.
Yet with access to over 900 comic book characters, the future looks bright for fans of Spider-Man’s varied and ever-growing mythos. If Sony is able to serve justice to these properties – as they have for Into the Spider-Verse – then they will be enticing cinema-goers to enjoy even more superhero movies for years to come.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019