Just as things were looking positive for the theatrical releases of upcoming films, a new COVID-19 surge has given everyone a reason to pause and reconsider their plans.
Sony is among those that's had to rethink its initial schedule. Instead of releasing the highly-anticipated Venom sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, on September 24, Sony has opted to push its premiere date back by nearly a month to October 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The first Venom was a huge success when it released back in 2018. The superhero film starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Broke and alter-ego, Venom. It went on to gross $856.1 million in the global box office, on a more modest $116 million budget.
The runaway success of the first film all but guaranteed that a sequel would happen. Sony itself confirmed that a sequel was coming not too long following the premiere of Venom.
Hardy will reprise his role as the titular anti-hero in Let There Be Carnage. He'll be joined by Woody Harrelson, who will take on the role of a serial killer, Cletus Kasady.
The sequel's story revolves around Brock's attempt to try and kickstart his dying career as a journalist, and he plans to do an exclusive interview with Harrelson's Kasady. Unfortunately, this ends badly for Brock. A series of events lead to Kasady becoming infected with his Venom alien symbiote to become Carnage.
In the Marvel comics, Carnage is depicted as a more powerful version of Venom. Often, Venom will ask for Spider-Man's help to deal with Carnage.
So far, the trailers we've seen of Let There Be Carnage appear to show that Sony has stayed true to Carnage's character from the comics. In one particular sequence, Venom can be seen reverting and hiding after coming face to face with Carnage.
What is interesting here is how Venom will handle Carnage in the sequel. Both Venom movies take place in an entirely different cinematic universe, so we can't exactly expect him to ask Spider-Man for help.