You’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for the Carnage to come, as Sony’s Columbia Pictures has announced that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is moving from its June 25, 2021 release date to September 17th.
The sequel was originally set to be released on October 2, 2020, before COVID caused it to start the release date shifting that so many movies have seen occur over the last year.
The movie gets the Venom sequel away from F9, which is currently scheduled to be released on June 25th. Now Venom will share a date with Death on the Nile, decidedly smaller competition, and give it a few weeks to run in cinemas before No Time to Die is released on October 8th in the United States.
Released in 2018, the first Venom was a surprise smash at the box office, earning more than $856 million worldwide despite a critical mauling (29% on Rotten Tomatoes).
With money like that a sequel was inevitable, with Tom Hardy back in the title role, and Michelle Williams also returning as his love interest. The (sort of) new addition this time is Woody Harrelson, who appeared in a post-credits scene in the first film as the iconic fan favorite villain Carnage aka Cletus Kasady, a psychotic killer who becomes the new host for a symbiote to rival Venom.
While the first film was helmed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, the sequel is being directed by none other than Andy Serkis.
To coincide with the new date for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the studio also quietly removed the film that they had originally positioned for that date, an action movie titled Man From Toronto starring Kevin Hart and (interestingly) Woody Harrelson. That film is now without a release date.