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Venom 3 retreats from summer blockbuster competition for more familiar turf

The move puts a lot of pressure on Kraven the Hunter to carry the flag for Sony next summer.

Venom 1 promotional image
Image credit: Sony Pictures

As the SAG-AFTRA strike finally comes to a close, studios are eager to get their halted projects back on track. Sony wasted no time announcing the new release date for their still-untitled Venom sequel, which had only begun production when actors traded the sound stage for the picket line in July. Eager fans will need to wait a few more months before they see Tom Hardy and his symbiote buddy return to the big screen.

Initially scheduled for a July 2024 release, Venom 3 will now hit cinemas on November 8, 2024. The delay isn’t surprising considering the amount of filming that is still to be done with the movie. Though Sony has said that it intends to get the movie back into production as soon as possible, getting the machinery of a major production moving takes time. The few extra months will give the team time to back onto location without needing to put more strain on their visual effects crew for the Venom: Let There Be Carnage sequel.

The first two Venom movies were released in October, so this fall/winter territory is familiar (and successful) grounds for the franchise.

By moving to a currently quiet November, Venom is effectively retreating from the summer blockbuster season and putting more pressure on Kraven the Hunter to perform well for Sony Pictures. Venom’s move leaves little competition for Captain America: Brave New World and Disney prequel Mufasa: The Lion King to get the early ticket sales from the summer holidays, provided no one else announces a delay now that production can finally get underway.

Venom 3’s biggest current competition at the November box office will be Joker: Folie a Deux in early October Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel later in November. As it stands, Venom will have at least two weekends where it is almost guaranteed to be the biggest movie in cinemas, which is almost certainly the plan Sony had in mind when it made this announcement.

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