Sony Pictures has planted two flags into the 2020 release calendar for films that are tied to their ongoing exploitation of the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man’s movie rights. The studio announced today that on July 10, 2020 it will release an “untitled Sony-Marvel project,” with an “untitled Sony-Marvel sequel” following on October 2.
To start with that second date first. The sequel is most undoubtedly Venom 2, a follow-up to the Tom Hardy-starring film from last month which has already pulled in a healthy $779.7 million at the worldwide box office. The character has been a fan favorite and with an end credit scene which promised another fan favorite was on their way, a sequel was certainly inevitable.
The July date announced is most likely the spot that Sony will be releasing Morbius. The film will feature Jared Leto as a biochemist whose experiments on himself and accidentally leaves him with the powers, and the bloodlust, of a vampire. The Marvel Comics character first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101 and therefore falls into the group of Spider-Man related characters that Sony has the film rights for.
Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach had previously stated that Morbius would be the next Spider-Man related project to go into production while Leto recently shared a picture on social media of him shaving his beard in preparation for shooting. Daniel Espinosa will be directing from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.
Meanwhile, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/ Spider-Man is set to next be seen on the big screen in next May’s Avengers 4 before swinging off to his next solo film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, on July 5, 2019.