Mo-cap work for Venom in Spider-Man 2 is likely underway

Venom actor Tony Todd appeared to tease the start of motion capture work for Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on Twitter.
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Tony Todd, the veteran horror actor taking the reins of Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, has seeming begun work on motion capturing the villain, per a set of innocuous tweets. On Tuesday, Todd tweeted: ‘Early riser. #Mocap time‘ – a simple tweet that kicked off an avalanche for fans.

Todd was announced as the voice of Venom in late 2021, with fans praising developer Insomniac Games for the choice. Todd is well-known for his role as horror icon The Candyman, and for having an iconic, silk-like voice – perfect for a devilish character like Venom. While an exact timeline for filming and motion capture work was not confirmed by Insomniac, Todd’s tweets line up with the assumed development of the game.

Several fans began tweeting pictures of Venom at Todd, which the actor ended up retweeted and liking. It’s not outright confirmation that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is the mo-cap project he referred to, but it’s as close as we’re likely to get as development on the title continues.

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As reported by VGC, a similar incident happened in mid-2021 when Miles Morales actor Nadji Jeter posted and retracted a photograph of himself in motion capture gear, with many assuming this had to do with work on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

It’s unknown why there appears to be a year-long gap between Jeter and Todd filming their motion capture scenes – should both posts have been a direct result of the game – but whatever the case, it does appear work on the title is continuing at a strong pace.

Todd’s Venom may be one of the most anticipated characters in the upcoming sequel, having only been teased in snippets at the end of the original 2018 title.


In this version of the Spider-Man mythology, it appears Harry Osborn is the one to become Venom, following experiments at Oscorp.

Todd will depict Venom in the upcoming sequel, although it’s likely another, so-far unnamed actor will embody Harry Osborn going forward.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is currently set to launch in 2023. Motion capture work continuing is a positive sign, but we likely won’t see more until Insomniac Games is ready to show it off.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.