Since the contest between notable directors for the coveted director’s chair on Venom 2 began, we’ve been mentioning the ambiguity around Michelle Williams’ return to the series. In the first film, she played Anne Weying, Eddie Brock’s (Tom Hardy) ex-girlfriend who kicked him to the curb for very valid reasons. She traded up with a very sympathetic and understanding doctor played by Reid Scott. Of course, because this is the movies, people want to see Eddie and Anne get back together. Even Venom (also Hardy) wants it to happen.
But with her return unclear, it was always possible the story would be dropped entirely. At least until Williams told Yahoo! News “I’m in!” Apparently, Sony always had an option on her participation, but it was not clear if her services would be necessary until recently. As she mentioned a hope for Anne to take control of the Venom symbiote again, we’re assuming that will factor into the film.
Earlier this week, Andy Serkis won the director’s chair after Sony considered directors like Rupert Wyatt and Travis McKnight.
“I’m such a fan of Andy [Serkis], and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish,” she added. “He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.”
Meanwhile, we hope Anne will stay with Scott’s character Dan. It would set the Venom films apart if Eddie learned he can be friends with an ex and moved on with his life. We doubt that will be the case, of course, but we dare to dream.
Venom 2 hits theaters in October 2020.