Venom: The Last Dance Hints at Lasher as Villain, Adds New Cast Members

Merchandise hints at Lasher as the potential villain in Venom: The Last Dance, the third installment in the franchise, releasing October 25, 2024. The film adds Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple, and Clark Backo to its cast, with Tom Hardy reprising his role as Eddie Brock.

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Venom: The Last Dance Hints at Lasher as Villain, Adds New Cast Members

Venom: The Last Dance Hints at Lasher as Villain, Adds New Cast Members

As anticipation builds for Venom: The Last Dance, the third installment in the Venom franchise set to release on October 25, 2024, new details have emerged about the film's potential villain and cast additions. Merchandise received by the movie's stunt team has sparked speculation that Lasher, a symbiote character from the Marvel Comics, could be the main antagonist in the upcoming sequel.

The merchandise, which includes hats and t-shirts, features a green "3" in the film's logo and three green slashes across the face of the symbiote. This design bears a striking resemblance to Lasher, a character created by the Life Foundation in their attempts to replicate the success of the Venom symbiote. In the comics, Lasher bonds with mercenary Ramón Hernández and possesses the ability to manipulate his biomass, with three tentacles on each side.

The Venom movies have explored the concept of the Life Foundation experimenting with symbiotes on human subjects. The first film concluded with Venom battling Riot and destroying the probe containing the symbiotes, leaving open the possibility that one or more may have escaped. This sets the stage for Lasher's potential introduction in Venom: The Last Dance.

In addition to the villain speculation, the cast of Venom: The Last Dance has expanded with several notable additions. Chiwetel Ejiofor, known for his roles in Doctor Strange and 12 Years a Slave, has joined the cast in a lead role, although his character remains undisclosed. Fans have speculated that he may portray General Orwell Taylor of The Jury, a group of symbiote-enhanced soldiers. Juno Temple, recognized for her performances in Ted Lasso and Atonement, and Clark Backo, known for her work in Letterkenny, have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Tom Hardy will reprise his role as Eddie Brock, the journalist who shares a symbiotic bond with the alien Venom. Hardy has also co-written the story alongside Kelly Marcel, who will make her feature film directorial debut with Venom: The Last Dance. Michelle Williams is expected to return as Anne Weying, Eddie's ex-fiancée who briefly bonded with Venom in the previous film.

Venom: The Last Dancefollows the success of its predecessors,Venom: Let There Be Carnage(2021) andVenom(2018), which grossed $502 million and $856 million worldwide, respectively. The film is part of Sony's expanding Spider-Man universe, which focuses on the web-slinger's iconic villains and anti-heroes. With Hardy hinting that this may be his final outing as the character, fans are eagerly awaiting to see how the symbiotic saga will conclude.

As the release date approaches, anticipation continues to build forVenom: The Last Dance. With the addition of talented cast members and the potential introduction of a formidable new villain, the film promises to deliver an exhilarating and action-packed conclusion to theVenomtrilogy. Tom Hardy's praise for director Kelly Marcel's vision and instincts further fuels excitement for the project, as he stated,"Seeing you take the reins of this film fills me with pride, it's an honor. Trust your instinct, your instinct is always perfect."