“Venom” Sequel Delayed, “Shang-Chi” Stays

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

A few days ago some eagle-eyed film fans spotted that Sony Pictures was quietly delaying “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in some international markets by about a month.

Unsurprisingly, the United States is following suit with the Sony Pictures Marvel release being pushed back from September 24th to October 15th. The rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the recent underwhelming opening of “The Suicide Squad” among others, has led to studios rethinking their early Fall release plans.

One person who isn’t changing though is Disney who are staying firm with their Marvel release. Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed during the company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday that “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is sticking firm to a planned theatrical exclusive run despite the surge in COVID-19.

So the film will not get a Disney+ Premier Access day-and-date release, instead it’s trying something new for Disney but already used by other studios – namely a 45-day cinema only run, followed by a release on Disney+ (at no premium charge).

Chapek says the film will give them an opportunity to test both the film’s box office and streaming performance under a shorter theatrical window. The decision was also made a while back and he says moving the film to a hybrid ‘Premier Access’ release at this point would be very difficult due to “the impracticality of last-minute changes”.

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Source: The Wrap

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