While no specifics were provided in the studio’s announcement, the July project is likely “Morbius,” starring Jared Leto. The character is another villain from the Spidey canon, which will be shepherded by “Safe House” director Daniel Espinosa. Morbius first surfaced in the 1971 comic “The Amazing Spider-Man,” as a scientist seeking a cure for a blood disease. Things don’t go as planned, and the doctor winds up with vampiric traits and a thirst for blood.
That project should arrive with significant anticipation, given how well the studio fared by playing up another Spider-Man villain in Venom. Speaking of the symbiote, the second date is presumably for “Venom 2,” which will see Tom Hardy return as a gruff journalist sharing a body with an alien keen on invading the planet.
Sony opened the first “Venom,” directed by Ruben Fleischer, in the same timeframe this year to great success — the film launched to $80 million on its way to a lifetime domestic gross of $210 million. It has earned close to $570 million worldwide, and as of Wednesday, amassed $215 million in China alone in only 12 days of release.
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