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If you were looking forward to seeing the followup to Venom this year, you’re in for some bad news as the film’s release is being delayed until 2021.

According to Variety, Sony is shifting a ton of their film’s release dates with Venom: Let There Be Carnage slated for a mid-2021 release now.

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The film was originally set for release on October 2, 2020, but is now arriving on June 25, 2021.

This shifts back a load of other film’s release dates too. Morbius is moving from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is moving from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021 and Tom Holland‘s Uncharted is shifting from March 5, 2021, to October 8, 2021.

The Venom sequel will now be taking the release date Robert Pattinson‘s The Batman was set to arrive after it was reported that it was delaying its release yesterday.

The delayed release of several films is coming due to the coronavirus shuttering movie theatres all across the world.

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp says movie theatres in the state are able to reopen as of next week. Despite this announcement, it’s highly unlikely it will be happening right away.

Cinemark discussed the potential for a soft reopening as early as July. They’re estimating they can remain profitable with “20 to 30 percent of capacity.”

Still, opening next week is leaving theaters open to potential liability over people contracting COVID-19.

On top of liability, there just aren’t very many new movies they’ll be screening. With so many release dates delaying for films, theaters are relying on customers wanting to watch older movies.

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Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Venom managed to pull in an impressive $855 million. With the success of the first film, a sequel was an obvious decision for Sony.

The film was left without a director for some time but is being directed by Andy Serkis. It will see Tom Hardy reprising his role as Venom while Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott and Naomie Harris will also be featured in the movie.

What do you think of Venom 2‘s release date being pushed back to 2021? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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