This time, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage is not delayed, on the contrary: it’s coming earlier than expected, two weeks earlier than expected. Carnage will be unleashed a little early next month. Sony has moved up Venom: Let There Be Carnage two weeks to Oct. 1, from its previous date of Oct. 15.
Sony announced the new date for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” shortly after Disney reported a bigger-than-anticipated opening weekend for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the studio’s comic book adventure that’s playing only in theaters. The Marvel movie collected $75.5 million over the weekend and a mighty $90 million in its first four days of release, crushing Labor Day weekend records.
Those box office receipts were encouraging to studios and movie theater owners alike, who feared the delta variant of COVID-19 would keep moviegoers at home. The well-reviewed “Shang-Chi,” starring Canadian actor Simu Liu and Awkwafina, was a sign that audiences would visit their local multiplex for the right movie.
In August, the studio moved “Venom” back three weeks from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15 (before moving it ahead two weeks to Oct. 1) and pushed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” back one week, from Nov. 11 to Nov. 19, after Paramount took “Top Gun: Maverick” off its Nov. 19 spot and delayed the Tom Cruise tentpole to 2022.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has an alien symbiote living within him. Together, they are Venom. Woody Harrelson stars as killer Cletus Kasady, whom he played in the post-credits scene for the first “Venom” (2018). This time around, Harrelson’s Kasady transforms into Carnage, a villain known as Venom’s chief antagonist in the comics. The first “Venom” earned $850 million globally.
Andy Serkis directs “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”. The Columbia Pictures film (in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures) also stars Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris as the comic book villain Shriek. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Hutch Parker.
Tickets for the new film will go on sale Wednesday, and it’ll be available in 3D, Imax, and premium large-format screens.
Some scenes of Tom Hardy’s 2011 film, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” were shot in Budapest. The filmmakers of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” borrowed locations from Budapest for some of the scenes, such as the Parisi Courtyard or the Western Railway Station, but also the Parliament building and the Fisherman’s Bastion.