Production on Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Venom has been pushed back, Omega Underground reports.
Venom was supposed to begin production September 1 with shoots in New York and Atlanta, but a lack of available crew will push the start date back to October 23. In late August, Sony put out a call for "production assistants, grips, gaffers, make-up artists, stylists, wardrobe artists, and other crew members" to work on Venom's Atlanta shoot, and it seems those needs won't be met until late October.
The delay isn't expected to affect the film's planned October 5, 2018 release date.
The first movie out of "Sony's Marvel Universe," Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road) as long time Spider-Man foe and anti-hero Eddie Brock / Venom. Little is known about the project, but seeing as it apparently takes place in a universe without a Spider-Man, it's expected Hardy's character won't follow Eddie Brock's traditional comic book origin.
In June, ComicBook.com turned to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal for clarification on the biggest question surrounding Venom: is the project part of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe?
"Here's what we're doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe," Pascal said. "In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he's there."
Tom Holland, who stars as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, told ComicBook that Venom appearing in the Spider-Man movies is "never happening."
Venom swings into theaters October 5, 2018.