“Venom 3” Gets Official Title & New, Earlier Release Date

Tom Hardy’s alien symbiote lunatic is back for a third and final course.

And that third course now has an official title and an earlier release date, with longtime Venom scribe and first-time director Kelly Marcel’s film now called Venom: The Last Dance, with an October 25 premiere, a two-week move from its original November 8 slot. This move up to October 25 returns the franchise to its sweet spot around Halloween.

The Last Dance finds star Tom Hardy returning for a third waltz around the bloody dance floor as journalist Eddie Brock, who, of course, also plays host to the voracious alien symbiote Venom. Joining Hardy in the new film are newcomers Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Marcel directs from a script she wrote, from a story she and Hardy created.

Hardy’s run as Venom began with director Ruben Fleischer’s 2018 hit Venom, followed by Andy Serkis’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which co-starred Woody Harrelson as the alien symbiote that made Venom look mild-mannered by comparison. Marcel wrote on the previous two films, and now she takes the helm in her directorial debut.

As the title suggests and Hardy’s Instagram post from last November made clear, Venom: The Last Dance will be the final film in the series, one he’s said he has loved making. “It’s been and continues to be a lot of fun this journey — there’s always hard turns to burn when we work, but [it] doesn’t feel as hard when you love what you do and when you know you have great material and the support at all sides, of a great team,” Hardy wrote at the time.

Hardy also made sure to spread the love to Marcel, his longtime collaborator at this point: “I want to mention very briefly how proud of my director, writing partner and dear friend Kelly Marcel I am,” Hardy wrote, “watching you taking the helm on this one fills me with pride, it is an honour. Trust your gut, your instincts are always spot on.”

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Featured image: An image from “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” Courtesy Sony Pictures.


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