06 Sep 2021 1:17 PM +00:00 UTC

Venom 2 Gets Earlier Release Date Following Shang-Chi Box Office Success

We're finally getting some good news about Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The highly anticipated sequel has just been moved up so it's set to premiere in early October. The surprise move from Sony Pictures is believed to have something to do with the overwhelming success of Marvel's Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.

Forbes reports that Venom 2 has once again changed dates but this time, it's a little better. The Tom Hardy flick will now be moved up to October 1, a full two weeks ahead than originally planned.

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But why is Sony suddenly feeling so confident? The report points out that the earlier release date was inspired by how well Shang-Chi did during Labor Day weekend. The Marvel Cinematic Universe flick took in $90 million during its opening weekend which is an amazing feat during the pandemic era.

It's great to see that Sony has realized that fans will head for the theaters to enjoy a good comic book movie. However, this isn't the first time that another film influenced the studio's decision about moving release dates around. After all, Sony pushed Venom 2 to October after The Suicide Squad's less-than-stellar box office haul.

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Luckily, it looks like fans are still ready to go to the cinema to watch movies, especially when it's one that doesn't have a digital release. With that in mind, we're already looking forward to Venom 2 early next month.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is directed by Andy Serkis and also stars Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris. The film is currently scheduled to premiere on October 1, 2021.

Related: Venom 2 October Release Date Confirmed by New Let There Be Carnage Poster