It looks like we may still be seeing Tom Hardy reprise his role as Venom in October 2021.
Earlier this week it was announced that Venom: Let There Be Carnage will supposedly be delayed until early 2022. The movie was originally set to be released around fall last year, however it has subsequently been delayed several times due to Covid-19. The latest delay was announced a couple of months ago when the movie was pushed back from a September 2021 to an October 2021 release date due to the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Once again there’s been further uncertainty about the October 2021 release date for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This is largely due to the fact that it appears cinema goers are still feeling rather reluctant to return to theaters amidst the ongoing pandemic. The general box office trend has seen new releases enjoying an initial spike in ticket sales upon the opening weekend, followed by a massive drop. The Suicide Squad is a good example of this. This could be the reason that sparked rumours of a yet another delay for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, however these fears may have been unfounded.
Variety has reported that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is indeed still set for an October 2021 release, as it’s the movie Sony is banking on to perform well as their major release this fall. Nothing can be said for certain however during these uncertain times. It’s been said that Marvel may look to reevaluate the release of the Eternal’s movie depending on how well Shang-Chi performs in the coming weeks, so Sony may use similar metrics to reach a decision. What also needs to be taken into consideration is that it would be unrealistic to expect box office numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels for a while yet, so it wouldn’t be a financially sound decision to keep delaying movies in that regard.
At the moment all signs point towards Marvel/Sony sticking to their revised release schedules. This was most recently illustrated by the Spider-Man: No Way Home movie trailer confirming the December 2021 release date for that movie as planned.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a theatrical exclusive release, which goes against the grain compared to most other blockbusters released this summer including Jungle Cruise and Black Widow. These movies were also released on the Disney Plus streaming platform. It goes without saying then that all eyes will be on Venom: Let There Be Carnage to see just how well it performs as a cinema specific movie upon release. On paper things are looking promising, and Sony will be quietly confident that they have another hit on their hands given that the original Venom movie grossed in excess of $800 million worldwide. Sony will have their fingers crossed that audiences will turn up for the sequel in the same way.
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