Sony Re-Releases Venom 2 After Spider-Man: No Way Home's Success

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Spider-Man: No Way Home, Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Sony's Spider-Man universe had a great run in the latter half of 2021, mainly due to the arrivals of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Let There Be Carnage is the sequel to 2018's Venom, bringing back Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and his symbiote ally to face off against Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady. Meanwhile, No Way Home capped off Tom Holland's first MCU trilogy by introducing the Multiverse and paying tribute to previous Spider-Man films. 

The Multiverse's inclusion in Spider-Man's narrative opened up a plethora of possibilities for films like Let There Be Carnage. In the Venom sequel, the alternate reality shenanigans started during its post-credits scene, where Eddie and Venom are transported into the MCU due to Doctor Strange's spell. 

While No Way Home didn't fully unveil the much-awaited encounter between Venom and Spider-Man, it still managed to tease that Brock could seek out his universe's web-slinger

Now, as fans await a potential Venom 3, it looks like a unique opportunity to revisit Let There Be Carnage has emerged.

Venom 2 Is Officially Back in Theaters 

Spider-Man, Venom

Amidst Spider-Man: No Way Home's box office dominance, Sony Pictures confirmed that Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released again in select theaters on January 14, 2022. 

As part of its recent theatrical push, Sony unveiled a mini-trailer for the Tom Hardy-led sequel: 

Let There Be Carnage is also available on major digital platforms, Blu-Ray, and 4K Ultra HD. 

A Complete Spider-Man Theatrical Experience

It is unknown if this latest development for Venom: Let There Be Carnage is to improve its box office haul, but there's a chance that Sony is leaning towards a complete Spider-Man experience for fans. 

It's possible that some viewers would opt to watch Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home back to back in order to fully embrace the full web-slinging experience. Despite being available online, it's worth pointing out that this is still a surprising move for Sony. 

Theatrical re-releases have been the norm for several superhero movies in the past, such as Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Endgame's second theatrical run included a tribute to Stan Lee and unfinished footage of Mark Ruffalo's Smart Hulk saving the day while Far From Home showcased new footage of Spider-Man taking out Manfredi family thugs and an extended scene dubbed "Peter's to-do list."

It remains to be seen if Let There Be Carnage will include something new in its second theatrical run, but so far, promotional material doesn't indicate that fresh footage will be included. Without anything new, this may not persuade fans to watch the Marvel sequel in theaters. 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set for a limited run in theaters, while Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in cinemas worldwide.

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Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.