:sigh: VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE now coming out… wait, *early*?

When did that become allowed?

Sony’s highly-anticipated sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage is releasing two weeks earlier than its previous date, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will now debut on October 1 instead of October 15, opening against Warner Bros.’ Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and United Artists’ The Addams Family 2.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy to see it make it to theaters sooner. I’m just… surprised, that’s all. The last two years has been one long litany of movie after movie being delayed or archived or sent off somewhere that isn’t its natural environment (a movie theater). I am so [expletive deleted] tired of it. Movie theaters are safe, dammit. But I can’t go to them if the studios freak out every time Twitter does.

So well done, Sony.

The “MY CHILDREN APPROVE” SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Teaser trailer.

Not only do my children approve; they are ready to see SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME in theaters. You have no idea how hard it is to convince them to do that. We are also binging Spider-Man flicks this week, on general principles.

I did catch the leaked SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME trailer…

…before they yoinked that sucker. It definitely looks real, if extremely unfinished*. Dr. Strange, Peter Parker being upset about how everybody knows who he is now, the two collide — the dialogue is not from previous movies, and neither were the scenes that I saw. My children have already shown an interest in a Spider-Man marathon this week; which is good, because we were going to have one anyway…

*Which may be why they haven’t released a trailer yet. The CGI didn’t look finished. Mind you, the video quality was uber-crappy.

Willem Dafoe to reprise Green Goblin role?

That’s the rumor. They’re supposedly going to Sinister Six it, which makes sense. Doc Ock and Electro were already announced, complete with the actors who played them in past Spider-Man movies. Never saw THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies, so can’t speak to Jamie Foxx; but Alfred Molina was solid as Doc Ock and Dafoe — well, as Weird Al once noted, the dude was even scarier without the mask on. So… I’ll allow it.

The ‘COVID Doesn’t Kill It!’ VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE trailer.

Astoundingly, this may still be a fun movie summer. I mean, starting Sunday the two week clock starts on full immunization for me.

Am I gonna see VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE? Yeah, sure. The first VENOM was fun, if not exactly high cinema. And that’s fine with me. I’ve spent far too much time over the last year and a half being stuck with myself. Time to go just… do and see things. Things I didn’t make.

Sony to Netflix to… Mouse.

Ha! Was able to match the original scansion. Anyway: “Disney has set a massive movie licensing pact with Sony Pictures for the U.S. that promises to bring Spider-Man and other Marvel properties to Disney Plus starting with Sony’s 2022 release slate… The agreement comes on the heels of Sony’s output deal with Netflix for titles in the lucrative post-theatrical release Pay 1 window.”

Continue reading Sony to Netflix to… Mouse.

Sony allies with Netflix in the Streaming Wars.

That’s what somebody on Sonny’s Twitter thread is calling it, at least, and he’s not wrong. I really wish Paramount would do the same thing, preferably with a service I’m already subscribed to. There are too many combatants in the Streaming Wars as it is.

Keanu Reeves in talks for JOHN WICK WITH A SPEAR… err, KRAVEN.

Let’s face it: that’s what this would be: “Sony Pictures has reportedly offered Keanu Reeves the role of Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter in a solo film project that is currently in development. If this is true, we still don’t know if Reeves is going to accept the offer.” Come, I will conceal nothing from you: all I know about Kraven the Hunter is from Squirrel Girl. I don’t know just where this falls on the Abomination Scale, or even if it falls on it at all.

Still. John Wick with a spear. That could be cool.

Tom Holland to be in VENOM 2?

I dunno. Maybe? Tom Holland might just be there to do a cameo or an end-scene teaser. I mostly want to mention one thing, though: contra GeekTyrant, I don’t particularly think that Sony cares overmuch if having their Spider-Man show up in their movie confuses people who watch the MCU. I mean, seriously: it’s not going to make anybody not go to see future Spider-Man films, future Venom films, or future MCU films.

Personally, I love superhero flicks, but I consider the level of half-assed continuity that we have now in the various shared universes to be above what we might have reasonably expected.