Sony has announced its plans to release two Spider-Man universe movies in 2020, expanding its use of its lone piece of Marvel intellectual property after the success of Venom.
The company announced that the first movie, an untitled Sony-Marvel project, will debut in theaters on July 10, 2020, with another untitled Sony-Marvel project, this one a sequel, coming on Oct. 2.
While Sony didn't provide any further details, Variety speculates that the July release is most likely to be Morbius. That movie will star Jared Leto as the title character, a villain from the Spider-Verse. Morbius initially appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man in 1971 as a biologist who becomes a Living Vampire after he attempts to cure a blood disease. Daniel Espinosa is slated to direct.
Meanwhile, the October date may be reserved for Venom 2, with Tom Hardy returning as Eddie Brock/Venom, another popular Spidey villain.
Venom has been an unexpected blockbuster for Sony. It's raked in $210 million at the North American box office and is expected to take in at least $800 million worldwide, with at least $215 million of that coming from China.
That success has likely given Sony confidence in its plan to delve further into the Spider-Verse with standalone villain movies that don't include Spider-Man. That confidence is reflected in the decision to release Morbius during the competitive summer months.
Venom 2 would be released around the same time as the first movie was this year, potentially letting Sony stake out that time of year for the franchise if it continues to move forward.