Venom: Let There Be Carnage Officially Delayed to October
In a not-altogether unanticipated move, the United States release of Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage has officially been delayed until October 15th, 2021. The news was reported on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 in an article on Variety that noted the movie had previously been set to release on September 23rd, 2021.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The delay of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to 2018’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the eponymous symbiote and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, is something that the most devoted Marvel Blog True Believers will have been expecting.
On Monday, August 8th, 2021, we ran an article entitled, “Will VENOM 2 Be Delayed in the US?” Now we can answer with a resounding, “Yes!”
The news comes as more cases of the delta variant of COVID-19 are reported across the country.
According to the Variety article, the rise in COVID-19 cases has led to a decline in consumer confidence in going to the movies:
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Research Group, 67% of moviegoers say they’re “very or somewhat comfortable” visiting their local multiplex — which is a dip of 3% compared to last week, and down 14% from one month ago.
Thus, the movie business isn’t doing well, and according to the numbers, it has very little to do with those streaming releases – both domestically and internationally.
Massive Multiplex Madness
Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a mess at the multiplex lately.
The simultaneous debut of Black Widow in theaters and with Premier Access on Disney+ smashed expectations, including my own.
However, Scarlett Johansson responded to the Disney+ release of Black Widow with a lawsuit, arguing that there was no reason to simultaneously release the movie for streaming (I guess the news of COVID-19 hasn’t reached her on one of her palatial estates – imagine riding out lockdown here).
Now, Black Widow is available across several digital platforms for streaming.
“No More Coronavirus”
Will Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings be the next movie to be released simultaneously for streaming and in movie theaters, or will it remain theater-only? Alternatively, will it simply be delayed, along with Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Although, unlike Sony, Marvel Studios is currently sticking to its release schedule, everything is changing rapidly in Hollywood and around the world.
There’s a whole lot of uncertainty in the future. At least we can count on What If…? Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. I’m looking forward to T’Challa as Star-Lord, personally!
What do you think about the delay of Venom 2? Are you going to take the opportunity to re-watch the first Venom in the meantime? Let us know what you think in the comment section, Marvel Blog True Believers!