It was only two weeks ago that Sony Pictures dropped the disappointing news that its Venom sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, would be delayed from its original premiere date of September 24 to October 15.
Insiders are now claiming that the film will be pushed back again, and not only that, it’ll be delayed for far longer than just a couple of weeks.
As reported by Vulture, “multiple inside sources” have stated that Sony is planning to delay Venom: Let There Be Carnage from October 15 all the way into next year. The movie will now purportedly premiere on January 21, 2022.
The date is notable in that it was originally reserved for Jared Leto’s vampire-superhero thriller, Morbius. While it’d be interesting to see both of these films show up in theaters at the same time (both Venom and Morbius are villains of Spider-Man), Morbius will presumably be moved if Venom: Let There Be Carnage really does get delayed.
January is typically a dumping ground for movies that studios have little faith in, but hopefully, the Venom sequel will make a nice profit for Sony.
Vulture’s sources also suggest that Marvel Studios’ Eternals could suffer a delay depending on the performance of its next release, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which comes out September 3. Shang-Chi has already been getting rave reviews, however, indicating that it’ll be quite successful at the box office.
[…] the studio is waiting to make the announcement until after CinemaCon, the annual extravaganza at which movie-theater-chain executives and owners come to be dazzled by sneak peeks at Hollywood’s impending blockbusters. “They didn’t want to flash to exhibitors that they’re scared of the early fall,” one person with knowledge of Venom’s release scheme tells me. “Why would you move it three weeks? Buys you nothing.” (Sony declined to comment for this story.)