As Marvel Studios continues to deliver its expansive Phase 4 slate, Sony Pictures is continuing to build its own Marvel world centered around its suite of Spider-Man-centric heroes and villains. Sony's officially announced projects include Jared Leto's Morbius , Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven the Hunter , and more Venom films with Tom Hardy.
Despite releasing in 2018 to fairly mixed reviews, Venom proved to be a box office hit, meaning a sequel is on the way. As was teased in the post-credits scene of the first installment, Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady, better known as Carnage, will be the main antagonist of Eddie Brock's next adventure.
Back in May, Sony debuted the first trailer for the Andy Serkis-directed sequel to a lukewarm reception from fans. Based on what's been shown so far, Let There Be Carnage will include more jokes, action, and banter between Eddie and his Symbiote than the 2018 blockbuster.
Amid high anticipation for the first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer , Sony instead released a new look at Tom Hardy's Marvel sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage .
SONY RELEASES THE SECOND VENOM 2 TRAILER
Sony Pictures officially released the second trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage , offering a new look at Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and Woody Harrelson's villainous Cletus Kasady aka Carnage:
IS A VENOM 2 DELAY IMMINENT?
Tom Hardy's Venom sequel was originally slated for release in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, pushing the release back to June 2021 and later to September . By all accounts, the days of theatrical delays appeared to be over until the Delta Variant recently began to shake the industry, leading to several delayed releases.
Paramount Pictures recently became the first studio to delay a release due to the variant by pushing the September release of its family-friendly CGI adventure, Clifford the Big Red Dog . While this delay may seem insignificant to most, it could start a spiral of further changes just as MGM Studios did at the beginning of the pandemic in pushing back James Bond's latest adventure No Time to Die .
With Venom: Let There Be Carnage set to occupy a similar release window to Paramount's animated comedy, one would assume Sony will take similar action to avoid losing out on any revenue due to the Delta Variant.
At the time of releasing the Tom Hardy sequel's first trailer , Sony didn't shy away from mentioning its September 24 release date. However, the latest look simply states it will debut “exclusively in theaters this fall. ”
Granted, the omission of a specific release date doesn't necessarily mean Sony has decided to delay the film, but it certainly is far from a good sign with the film currently set to drop next month. Fans of Sony's VenomVerse should prepare for the possibility that a delay could be announced imminently or in the days and weeks to come.
The Australian version of the trailer seemed to give a more specific indication of a potential delay as the movie was said to be coming in October. Up until now, Sony had marketed the film to be dropping on September 17 in Australia, meaning the change in release date will likely need to be explained soon.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is currently slated to hit U.S. theaters on September 24, 2021.