Sony Confirms 'Venom 3' and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' Sequel

Who ya gonna call, yet again.

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A new generation of spook-zappers was introduced in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.


Venom is biting back, and Ghostbusters lives on after Afterlife. Sony has confirmed Marvel spinoff Venom 3 as well as a sequel to the latest Ghostbusters flick, 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife directed by Jason Reitman.

Sony announced the sequels at CinemaCon, a movie industry event taking place in Las Vegas. Although the studio didn't add any further details about who's involved or when the release date might be, there's surely a good chance Tom Hardy will be back as the gloopy antihero from Marvel's Spider-Man comics, following last year's Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

Similarly, there's no detail about the Afterlife sequel, but it's probably likely to follow the crew of young Ghostbusters introduced in Afterlife (Mckenna Grace, Celeste O'Connor, Logan Kim and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard). No word yet on whether Carrie Coon or Paul Rudd will return.

Since Afterlife got its fan-pleasing continuity out of the way, hopefully the sequel won't have to shoehorn in any more cameos from original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver or the late Harold Ramis (who appeared in CGI form in Afterlife).

Sony also confirmed a new Spider-Man spinoff featuring lesser-known Marvel comics character El Muerto. Scheduled for January 2024, El Muerto will star rapper, producer and occasional WWE wrestler Bad Bunny as a superpowered luchador.

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