Comic-book enthusiasts put the pieces together to assume that slot was for "Venom 2", giving it the same release date as its predecessor.
Released last October, the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.
Tom Hardy is set to return as the titular character (and his host Eddie Brock), with Michelle Williams reprising her role as well as Woody Harrelson. It remains empty for now, and sources believe Sony will look for someone new to get behind the camera, since Ruben Fleischer, who helmed Venom, will probably be busy with Zombieland 2.
However, Sony has not confirmed the plans just yet. Looking at his interviews, he was frustrated during the first film's production over the decision to cut out most of the material he had the most fun shooting, which all sounded like the most colourful, outrageous stuff.
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No doubt Tom will be relieved with the sequel as he previously admitted he would be totally down for starring in another two Venom movies, turning the sci-fi into a lucrative trilogy.
Given the phenomenal box office success of the first Venom movie - which has now taken over $850 million at the global box office - it was always likely there'd be more coming in this franchise. We're all prepped for it to be a standalone universe.
Sounds like there's more juice left in Venom yet.