Sony Pictures is pushing back the release dates for two of its upcoming Marvel films. Diversity reports. Affected titles are Madame Web and Kraven the Hunter, both of which are in production. Madame Web, which starred White Lotus star Sidney Sweeney alongside Dakota Johnson, was previously scheduled for release on October 6, 2023; instead, it will debut on February 16, 2024. Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and was previously scheduled to hit theaters on January 12, 2023, will instead hit theaters on October 6, 2023 to take its place from Madame Web.
In an attempt to capitalize on Marvel’s intellectual property, to which the studio still holds the rights, Sony has met with mixed success. His Tom Hardy Venom car was unpopular with critics but found a passionate fan base, leading to last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, directed by Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, following the release of Morbius earlier this year, the film became yet another critical acclaim but became a meme in internet circles, leading to an ill-fated re-release in theaters.
While shifting release schedules can signal many things, including production issues, they can also reflect a change in studio priorities. Sony has announced a new movie, The Karate Kid, for 2024. She also announced release dates for The Search’s sequel, Missing, and the as-yet-untitled horror film, which is also set to release in 2023.