I’ve lost count on how many times Venom: Let there be Carnage has been delayed now. It seems like every time I turn around it’s getting pushed back.

This time it’s because of the same reason as any or maybe all of the other times this has happened. That virus that I refuse to say anymore because I’m starting to believe it gives it power.

It’s the dreaded “delta variant.” It seems to have caused movie studios to worry about it upending the recent gains they’ve been making with movies returning to theaters.

Seeing that the future landscape for movie theaters being rocky, mostly due to talks of lockdowns looming over head, Sony has decided to delay the Venom sequel.

From Variety, according to a National Research Group survey, 67% of moviegoers say they’re “very or somewhat comfortable” visiting their local multiplex — which is a dip of 3% compared to last week, and down 14% from one month ago.

Although there have been strong showings of people going back to movie theaters, it’s still much lower than what it used to be and now seemingly getting worse. There has been some big movies that have seen success, such as F9 and A Quiet Place Part II. Of course some flops as well, like Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The international box office has also been an important component of movies financial success and that’s been affected by all of this too.

At least the delay isn’t so bad this time around for Venom: Let there be Carnage. The movie was set to release on September 24 of this year and is now set to open on October 15 instead.

Unless of course there’s another delay. At that point, they might as well shop it around on streaming services.

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