What Will Andy Serkis’ ‘Venom 2’ Look Like?

Andy Serkis is officially signed on to direct Venom 2. The sequel, set for an October 2020 release, plans to more closely tie the Venom franchise and its characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new project will be Serkis’ third foray into directing.  The news has officially confirmed that the October 2020 unnamed project announcement is precisely what fans had expected.

Who is Andy Serkis?

Serkis, best known for his work as Gollum, is a household name as an actor. He also appeared in several Planet of the Apes films as Caesar. Serkis took on the role Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He later reprised the role in 2018’s smash hit, Black Panther.

Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis | Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

While Serkis is well-known for his iconic acting roles, his directing credits are short. What he has directed, however, has been impressive. Serkis directed Mowgli, a Jungle Book remake that ended up on Netflix. He also took the wheel for 2017’s Breathe.

Why was Serkis chosen to direct Venom 2?

Back in late July, Serkis admitted that he had been in talks with Sony to helm an untitled movie. Several directors were considered for the role. Travis Knight, famed for his work on Bumblebee and Rupert Wyatt, best known for his direction of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also met with Sony to discuss the project, according to Variety.

The original Venom director, Ruben Fleisher, is currently tied up in the post-production work for Zombieland: Double Tap, which left the role open for a newcomer. Serkis was likely selected to take control of the film because of his link to the MCU and his experience in CGI-heavy productions.

Could fans see a brand-new Venom with Serkis at the helm?

Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the anti-hero, Eddie Brock, grossed over $800 million at the box office in 2018. Now, it looks like the alien-human hybrid will receive a complete makeover for the second installment in the series.

Serkis has already teased a potential Spider-Man tie-in. Minutes after his role as director was announced he took to Instagram to share a snapshot of himself reading the final comic in the series. He suggested that Spider-Man could play a significant role in an upcoming Venom flick. Presuming he is talking about Venom 2, fans can now rest easy. The absence of Spider-Man in Marvel’s Phase 4 announcements shook fans to their core.

Serkis’ direction is sure to pay the CGI-heavy film justice, but there seems to be a few things he plans to change. Venom’s origin story, for example, may be further fleshed out or altered. In Fact, Serkis promises that the characters will be taken in a brand-new direction, and even noted that Hardy played a hand in putting the script together, according to Cnet.