‘Beyond The Spider-Verse’ Removed From Schedule As Sony Delays ‘Kraven’ And ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequels, Sets Dates For ‘Venom 3’ & ‘Bad Boys 4’

Delays are the order of the day right now due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, with major studios making some tough decisions about upcoming projects. Well, it’s Sony Pictures’ turn, and they’re making moves all across the board, from Marvel to Ghostbusters.

This first one will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the struggles of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Across the Spider-Verse has now been pulled from the schedule and off of its March 2024 release date. Previous reports were that issues with the VFX artists were causing setbacks, and now we’re probably looking at a 2025 release for the film.

This next one hurts. Coming up for Sony was the anticipated Spider-Man spinoff, Kraven the Hunter, on October 6th. Well, that one’s not happening anytime soon, as it has been pushed to August 30th 2024, the very end of next summer. Ouch. That suggests a problem beyond the two strikes, as that weekend is generally not a strong one theatrically.

A sequel to Jason Reitman’s hit Ghostbusters: Afterlife had been set for December 20th, but it will instead arrive on March 29th 2024. This one isn’t shocking, either. It felt really soon for the sequel to arrive, especially since it still doesn’t have a title, and boasts a new director in Gil Kenan. There just hasn’t been much info on this one, so a delay makes sense.

A new Karate Kid movie originally set for June 7th 2024 has been moved to December 13th 2024. Details are still scarce on this one, but we do know it’ll be a continuation of the original franchise, which means a possible tie-in with Cobra Kai.

It wasn’t all terrible news, though. Sony has set a hard date for Bad Boys 4, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reuniting on June 14th 2024. Directors Adil & Bilall are expected to return, as well.

Tom Hardy will suit up for Venom 3, which will now open on July 12th 2024. Kelly Marcel takes the director’s chair for this one, and will co-write the script with Hardy. Others in the cast include Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor in mystery roles.

Madame Web, the Spider-Man spinoff led by Dakota Johnson and directed by S.J. Clarkson, moves up a couple of days to February 14th 2024, so you can take a date for Valentine’s Day. There’s also a mystery Marvel/Sony date for summer 2024 that may or may not be a fourth Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland. That seems a bit soon, though.

Travis Hopson
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