Apart from the Spider-Man films under the MCU, the Venom franchise has been the most successful Spider-Man-related movies Sony has made. With a total budget of $226 million for two films, it has earned a whopping $1.3 billion at the box office.
Tom Hardy leads the franchise playing both Eddie Brock and Venom. The Sony Spider-Man universe is struggling to find itself mainly because of the obviously missing the wall-crawler himself. But Hardy makes the best of playing around with the idea of two characters forced to live within the same body.
So far, other than the main lead Tom Hardy, no one else has been confirmed to reprise their roles like Stephen Graham and Michelle Williams, who play Patrick Mulligan and She-Venom, respectively.
Although it’s been confirmed that Juno Temple (Ted Lasso) is in talks to join the project, it seems like a Doctor Strange actor would be added to Venom 3 as well.
Chiwetel Ejiofor Has Signed To Star In Venom 3
A report from Deadline has confirmed that MCU actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will be joining Tom Hardy in Venom 3. At the moment, his role has not been announced. With no details about the upcoming film, it’s hard to tell what Ejiofor’s role could be.
There are speculations that Venom 3 would focus on the effects on the multiverse. Considering it is the highlight of the mid-credits scenes for both Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Both of the films showed Hardy’s Eddie Brock experiencing moving from one universe to another. Not only that, but in Venom 2, Venom tries to explain to Brock that the multiverse does exist before they were transported to the Marvel Universe. In No Way Home, Brock had the intention to talk to Peter Parker before returning to his universe.
With Eddie’s curiosity about the multiverse, it’s not impossible to see why this is something Venom 3 would pursue.
Now, with that said, I wonder if Chiwetel Ejiofor would be reprising his role as Karl Mordo from Doctor Strange, or a version of him.
Then again, the Sony Spider-Man Universe is a totally different beast. We have to remember that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing Kraven in Kraven the Hunter, and he also starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron as Quicksilver. In other words, Ejiofor could be playing a completely different role from the MCU.
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I would personally love to see Venom 3 explore the Marvel multiverse, and incorporating Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo could create an intriguing connection. While I don’t necessarily expect him to portray the same character, it would be fascinating if there was some continuity in that regard.
We’ve already seen hints (apart from the Venom and Spider-Man films) of the MCU and Sony connection with Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes showing up in Jared Leto’s film Morbius.
I would enjoy it more if Sony does address the multiverse more than just a passing mention.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a multi-awarded actor in films like 12 Years A Slave, American Gangster, Othello, and several others. The actor will star in The Pod Generation with Emilia Clarke, and he’s also starring in Netflix’s Old Guard 2 with Charlize Theron.
Venom writer Kelly Marcel is set for Venom 3 to be her directorial debut film. She is also known for writing Saving Mister Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey. Back in February 2023, Tom Hardy revealed that Venom 3 was already in the pre-production stage.
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