The Tom Hardy-starring Venom sequel was initially set to release on October 2, 2020 but has now recieved both a new release date and title.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Venom 2 has recieved the new title Venom: Let There Be Carnage and new release date of June 25, 2021. This delay is for the same reason that every other Hollywood blockbuster has been delayed, which is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic delaying productions.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage will now take Warner Brother's initial release date for The Batman, itself now releasing October 1, 2021.
This new date would delay the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage by eight months and has it set to release less than a month before the third Spider-Man movie on July 16, 2021.
UPDATE: Sony Pictures has taken to Twitter to share a first look at the film's official logo in this new title reveal:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Since Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now opening less than a month before Spider-Man 3, one has to wonder if Peter Parker's next solo movie will also be postponed. The production for Spider-Man 3 was already delayed and every other Marvel Studios release date has been pushed back.
But, could Sony releasing them so close together mean there is a deeper connection? After all, Spider-Man: Homecoming's Adrian Toomes (portrayed by Michael Keaton) appeared at the end of the trailer for Morbius, itself having been delayed, which is meant to connect to Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC).
Kevin Feige himself has even commented on this possiblity after the renewed Spider-Man deal with Sony.
"He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
As for the new title, it very much highlights the new villain, Carnage. Audiences got a taste of this character in the post-credit scene for Venom, played by Woody Harrelson in an infamously terrible wig.