Sony’s commitment to theatrical releases continues to create delays in its release schedule, with the Venom sequel now rumoured to move to 2022.

We’re beginning to lose count of just how many times the upcoming Sony Pictures Venom sequel, Let There Be Carnage has been delayed. The movie, which was shot back in 2019, was supposed to arrive in October of last year, then it was June of this year, then September, then October and now it looks like it won’t be with us this year at all. Instead, Sony is reportedly set to push the film into January 2022, where it will likely take the spot of Morbius, the other Spider-Man related movie they have finished and waiting to release.

As a sequel, Let There Be Carnage has a greater chance of resonating with audiences than the Jared Leto-starring vampire origin tale, Morbius. That’s a film that may find it trickier to entice people in this difficult climate (given that it is the character’s first screen appearance).

It’s easy to sympathise with Sony over the difficulties it faces here: with no streaming platform of its own to benefit from, the studio is leaning heavily into theatrical releases in a very uncertain environment and as such, has elected to play it safe once more. It’s likely that studio executives will be watching the exclusive theatrical release of Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings very carefully to discern whether a cinematic release for the Venom in a few months will be feasible.

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