Apparently, Venom (not to mention Carnage) did not want to duke it out with Michael Myers.
Once again, Sony Pictures has played musical chairs with Venom: Let There Be Carnage–this time moving the horror sequel up from its previous release date of Oct. 15 to Oct. 1, as reported by Deadline. As fans know, Halloween Kills will land in theaters Oct. 15, so that may have factored in on this latest decision.
It also was suggested that the record-setting success of Marvel’s Shang–Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings over the Labor Day weekend may have made the powers-that-be prefer an earlier release date for the Venom follow-up. Whatever the reason, the sequel’s release date appears set. For now.
For the record, the sequel originally was slated to hit theaters Oct. 2, 2020, but was pushed back to June 25 of this year due to the pandemic. The film was bumped again to Sept. 17 and then to Oct. 15. No way to treat a murderous symbiote.
The Venom sequel, as explained, now will screen in 3D, PLF and IMAX theaters, with tickets going on sale this Wednesday.
The PG-13-rated Venom: Let There Be Carnage–directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel–follows journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his symbiote Venom as they struggle to get along with each other.
To that end, Brock tries to restart his career by interviewing jailed serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who attacks Brock and chomps down on his hand. What Kasady tastes, as he puts it, is something other than blood. This exchange leaves the killer as the host for another symbiote, Carnage, and that’s when things really go south.
The film also stars Michelle Williams as Brock’s ex-fiancée Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison (and Shriek), Reid Scott as Dan Lewis and Stephen Graham as Det. Mulligan.
The Marvel Comics Venom character was introduced as a living alien costume in The Amazing Spider–Man No. 252 (1984), and had its first full appearance in issue No. 300 (1988) of the same comic book.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates–or release date changes–on Venom: Let There Be Carnage.