One of Marvel’s most popular antiheroes, Venom, is returning for a new movie called “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in October 2021.
Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. After finding a host body in investigative reporter Eddie Brock, the alien symbiote must face a new enemy, Carnage, the alter ego of serial killer Cletus Kasady.
The film is directed by Andy Serkis and has been written by Kelly Marcel with the story by Tom Hardy & Marcel. The film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.
While Venom is a Marvel character, which The Walt Disney Company owns, Sony Pictures has a deal with Marvel to the film rights to the character. This deal was made before Disney purchased Marvel. While Sony and Marvel Studios have worked together on bringing Spider-Man into the MCU, Sony’s “Spider-Verse” of films, which includes “Venom” and the upcoming “Morbius”, are separate.
When Is “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Being Released?
Due to the pandemic, the film has shifted release dates several times. The film is now due to be released exclusively in cinemas from Friday 1st October 2021.
Is “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Coming To Disney+ In The US?
Unfortunately, things are a little complicated when it comes to when “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” will be coming to Disney+. This film is being released by Sony Pictures, rather than by Marvel Studios, so it doesn’t automatically head to Disney+.
Instead, it will be heading to other streaming services due to pre-existing contracts. In the United States, the film will be going to Starz for its Pay 1 Window, which is after it’s been released in cinemas and on PVOD/home video.
Earlier this year, Disney signed a brand new multiyear contract with Sony Pictures, that will bring new theatrical releases across Disney’s portfolio of platforms, including Disney+ and Hulu, as well as linear entertainment networks including ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic. This deal is for theatrical releases from 2022-2026, for the Pay 2 window, so this means any new films would go to cinemas and home video markets, before going to Netflix for the Pay 1 window. So ironically, had the film been delayed like “Morbius”, it would have come under this part of the deal.
But there’s more, the deal also grants rights to a significant number of Sony’s iconic library titles, ranging from the “Jumanji” and “Hotel Transylvania” franchises to Sony Pictures’ Universe of Marvel Characters films, including Spider-Man. This gives Disney enormous programming potential across its platforms and makes them key destinations for a robust collection of Spider-Man movies.
This is why “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” could eventually be available for a limited period on Disney+ in the United States. But it might be a couple of years before we see it available, when Sony considers the film to be library content.
Is “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Coming To Disney+ Internationally?
Internationally, things are generally less complicated as there are no Sony films are available on Disney+. So unless a new contract is signed between Sony and Disney, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” won’t be heading to Disney+ internationally.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.