Venom 3: Release date, cast and plot for Tom Hardy threequel

Settle in for another symbiote sequel

Tom Hardy is set to return in the as-yet-untitled Venom 3. (Sony)
Tom Hardy is set to return in the as-yet-untitled Venom 3. (Sony)

Tom Hardy is set to reprise his role as gruff reporter turned gruffer alien symbiote creature Venom in the as-yet-untitled Venom 3.

While still in its early stages of production, the threequel fits into a wider overall plan from Sony’s own spin-off Spider-Man universe. This alternate storyline has so far favoured villains or anti-heroes over traditional do-gooders, with Reuben Fleischer’s original Venom kicking things off in 2018, followed by Andy Serkis’ Let There Be Carnage sequel in 2021 and Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius in 2022.

Looking ahead, Sony has even more comic book action in store, with its upcoming shift into heroics with Madame Web in February 2024 and the Aaron Taylor Johnson-fronted Kraven The Hunter set to pounce in late August.

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Landing in between these two movies is a third Venom outing - but what will it entail? Read on to discover everything we know so far about Venom 3.

Venom 3 release date

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures) (Sony)

Venom 3 will be swinging into cinemas on Friday, 8 November 2024. It was initially due to premiere during the height of the summer blockbuster season on Friday, 12 July 2024 but was delayed due to the fallout from the Hollywood strikes.

Before it had set a July release date, Venom 3 had originally eyed an October 2024 release before being brought forward by three months. However, now it seems that the movie will be a winter release once more.

However, all this could be set to change in the wake of the WGA/SAG AFTRA strikes in Hollywood. If they wrap up later than planned, then poor old Venom might be late for his big July premiere.

Venom 3 cast and crew

Juno Temple in Ted Lasso. (Apple TV+)
Juno Temple in Ted Lasso. (Apple TV+)

As previously mentioned, Hardy will once again slip into the slimy symbiote suit to play (or at least voice) Venom and his human counterpart, Eddie Brock.

He’ll be directed by screenwriter-turned-filmmaker Kelly Marcel who makes her feature film debut on Venom 3 after co-writing part one and writing all of part two. According to reports, Marcel and Hardy penned the script for Venom 3 together.

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In addition to Hardy returning, we also know that Ted Lasso star Juno Temple will be joining the franchise in a leading role which is currently being kept under wraps. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s Mordo Chiwetel Ejiofor will also star but it’s unclear what his role will entail.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Doctor Strange. (Marvel Studios/Disney)
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Doctor Strange. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Will his presence mark another step closer to Marvel’s cinematic universe or will Ejiofor play someone new entirely? Only time will tell.

Likewise, it’s still unknown as to whether Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man may play a part in Venom 3 following his crossover tease at the end of the last movie.

Venom 3 plot

Tom Hardy in Venom
Tom Hardy in Venom (Sony)

For those unfamiliar with the franchise let us fill you in on what you’ve missed.

Hardy’s Brock is an investigative journalist who stumbles upon a gooey sentient alien that uses him as its ‘host’ and imbues him with violent, superhuman abilities and an unquenchable hunger for bad guys.

Fleischer’s first film set up the world, introducing us to Brock and his ex-fiancée Anne Weying, played by Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed’s villainous Carlton Drake AKA Riot, a rival symbiote hellbent on destroying Earth.

In Serkis’ sequel, Sony takes a step closer to Marvel’s mainline Spider-Man universe by introducing us to Woody Harrelson’s Cleetus Kasady, better known to comic fans as cult-fave character Carnage.

Carnage is unleashed in Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Carnage is unleashed in Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony)

Serkis also dips the franchise’s toes into the multiverse playground, setting things up nicely for a potential future crossover with Holland’s Peter Parker and the mainline MCU’s current Spider-Man.

Sadly, that’s all the Venom knowledge we have at the moment. When it comes to the Unitled Venom: Let There Be Carnage sequel, information about what it may have in store is being kept close to the character’s gooey chest.

That said, we do know that this will be Hardy’s final stint in the symbiote suit having previously called Venom 3 the character’s “last dance” via a gif posted to his Instagram account.

Tom Hardy attends a photo call for
Tom Hardy promoting Venom in 2018. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) (Chris Pizzello, Associated Press)

Filming for the movie began in late June 2023 but was forced to halt shortly after thanks to the ongoing Hollywood strikes. It's currently waiting to start up once more.

Venom 3 trailer

Unfortunately, there is no trailer for Venom 3 yet. Until the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes end and filming can recommence, we’re unlikely to see any footage, officially or not, for the threequel.

Venom 3 will be released in cinemas on Friday, 8 November 2024. Both Venom films are streaming on Netflix.

Watch a trailer for Venom: Let The Be Carnage