Venom: Let there be Carnage…….later…..
That’s right, despite being set to premiere on September 24th, the Venom sequel Venom: Let There be Carnage has been delayed yet again to an October 15th release. Based on the eponymous comic book series, the Venom films follow reporter Eddie Brock and his peculiar relationship with the alien symbiote living inside him.
This latest delay comes as a result of the delta variant of COVID-19 upending the film industry’s recent box office takings. Due to the variant causing multiple spikes in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., there has been a resultant decline in audiences attending cinemas. In a recent survey conducted by the National Research Group, 67% of film-goers say that they’re “very or somewhat comfortable” visiting their local cinema which is a dip of 14% from last month.
Consequentially, it seems that the cinema industry is still yet to fully recover from the pandemic shutdown. Interestingly, there has been a mix of both hits and misses from films released in COVID-era cinemas; A Quiet Place Part II being a smash hit and Space Jam: A New Legacy being….not (see our Review of it to see why).
The first Venom was a surprising success, earning $855 million in total at the Global Box Office. With the sequel being directed by Andy Serkis, Sony seems set to give its action-alien-symbiote-smash-up the best chance it can get with COVID cases continuously rising.
The film stars the returning Tom Hardy as the lead Eddie Brock / Venom, plus Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, and Reid Scott! Although we were pleasantly surprised that the original Venom ended up being the best romcom of 2018, we’re skeptical as to whether this new entry will be worth the wait after its unending delays.
Are you disappointed about the latest delay to Venom 2? Will you still be seeing it? Let us know in the comments below!