Sony Stakes Two Spider-Man Spinoff Film Dates For 2020

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.

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