Sony delays ‘Venom’ movie sequel release amid new COVID-19 wave

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Hardy poses at a photo call for the movie
FILE PHOTO: Cast member Tom Hardy poses at a photo call for the movie "Venom" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

August 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s movie studio on Thursday delayed the release of superhero sequel “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” by nearly a month to mid-October as the United States grapples with a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

The movie starring Tom Hardy as the Marvel Comics character will now debut in theaters on Oct. 15 instead of Sept. 24, Sony Pictures said via email.

Hollywood studios have been shuffling their schedules throughout the pandemic but had hoped for a moviegoing rebound in the autumn.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a rise in infections in the United States, raising concern about whether audiences will feel safe sitting in cinemas.

The original “Venom” movie in 2018 took in more than $850 million at global box offices.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Marguerita Choy)