COVID-19 continues to lay waste to what’s left of the 2020 release calendar. Yesterday, Warner Bros. became the latest studio to make significant changes to their upcoming schedule finding new dates for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” “The Sopranos” prequel, “The Flash,” “Shazam 2” and more. The announcement came following Disney’s massive shakeup a few weeks prior. Universal and Paramount also made significant changes delaying “F9” by a year and pushing “Top Gun: Maverick” to December. Now, after previously setting new dates for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Morbius,” and “Uncharted,” Sony will do the same for “Venom 2.”
According to Variety, “Venom 2” will vacate it’s Oct. 1, 2020 release date for June 25, 2021. While production wrapped earlier this year, one can only assume that post-production is taking longer than expected due to global shutdowns. It’s also easy to see the appeal in swapping dates as June is a prime summer blockbuster slot that was previously held by “The Batman.” With an overstuffed fall movie season, Sony likely wanted to maximize profits and avoid the chaos. It’s curious that Sony would slot “Venom 2” so close to the untitled “Spider-Man 3,” which hits theaters July 16, 2021. However, it’s more than likely Tom Holland’s third outing as the wall-crawler gets pushed back as the film is bound to suffer a significant production delay.
Sony also revealed the official title for “Venom 2,” which will now be called “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” Naturally, the name hints at Woody Harrelson’s involvement as the main antagonist Cletus Kasady AKA Carnage. While many were quick to poke fun at the goofiness of the title, it is likely based in deliberate self-awareness. Reuben Fleisher’s original “Venom” was more tongue-in-cheek than audiences expected. Given the title, one can only imagine Sony is doubling down on “Venom’s” dark comedy.
”Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is directed by Andy Serkis and sees Tom Hardy reprising his role as the beloved anti-hero. While there’s no official synopsis, the film stars Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris.