‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ - When and Where Will It Be Available to Stream?
The second Venom movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage finally has a release date — October 1 — much earlier than expected.
The release has bounced all over the calendar thanks to the pandemic, with an original release date of October of 2020. With the pandemic throwing the entire movie release calendar into disarray, the date was first moved to June 25, 2021, before shifting to two September dates, then October 15, and ultimately settling on October 1, 2021. Like most of Sony’s titles, this new Venom movie will be released exclusively in theaters.
Sony announced the new date shortly after Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opened to a much larger than expected first-weekend box office take for a theatrical-only release in early September, despite increased COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates across the nation due to the Delta variant.
With the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage coming on October 1, and Sony’s releases through the end of 2021 are tied to STARZ, the film will first stream on STARZ after the conclusion of its paid digital rental/purchase window early in 2022.
STARZ offers a subscription video streaming service that gives access to content on the STARZ channel without the need of a cable subscription. With your subscription, you’ll get access to all of their current originals like Outlander, The Serpent Queen, and Power.
The service also offers a large rotating library of older films like Die Hard, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, 12 Monkeys, and A Beautiful Mind.
You can subscribe for $8.99 a month either directly from STARZ, or through Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Premium Subscriptions.
Earlier this year, Sony and Netflix struck a deal that would see Morbius, Uncharted, Bullet Train, and the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse make pit-stops at Netflix before sliding over to Disney+ or Hulu, depending on the rating. This would also include future Spider-Man and Venom films (though not the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home).
That’s not to say that the film won’t one day be available on both platforms simultaneously. We’ve seen instances where shows like Rick and Morty, Modern Family, and The Simpsons are available on two streaming platforms simultaneously — one of which is even a Disney property now. At least at first, though, Disney will have to wait for Netflix’s exclusive window to end before it comes to Disney+.
Sony’s been an interesting case in the streaming wars, as it’s probably the largest media rightsholder without its own streaming service. Sony seems perfectly content playing the role of “streaming arms dealer” and letting other companies fight for the rights to their shows and movies while reaping the benefits. Outside of the deals with Disney and Netflix, Sony also has deals in place with Amazon’s IMDb TV to stream classic shows like “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” and “The Jeffersons.”