I’m not going to sugarcoat this, it infuriates me when any show or movie is releasing in one or two countries, then the rest of the world has to wait.
Venom 2 is a prime example of this. The movie was released on the 1st of October in the United States, Canada, and Indonesia. Argentina and Mexico got the release on the 7th, the rest of the world has to wait until the 13th, 14th, 15th, and beyond.
Why is it unfair? Let me tell you. Social media is rife with spoilers. I scrolled through Instagram and was trying my absolute best to avoid spoilers, then I stumbled across multiple posts about the end credit scenes and more.
I shouldn’t have to find myself actively navigating to avoid spoilers because I want to have a look through my Instagram feed to see what my friends, family, or celebrities I like have been up to, or any news in the world.
I understand licensing issues affect releases around the world, but so many movies can manage to land a spot where the entire world gets to see a movie on the same day at around the same time. Why should only particular countries get to see a movie FIFTEEN days prior to the majority of the world?
It’s not even just a couple of days either, it’s over 2 weeks. Not to mention I can imagine piracy will be rife with the movie. We already understand there is a lot of those awful camera copies floating around the internet.
I don’t support piracy and will await my turn to see it in the cinema to support the movie, and a studio I have a lot of admiration for, but this is a ridiculous move.
When the news announced just a couple of months ago that the movie will be brought forward from the original release date of the 15th to the 1st, I got excited. Only to find out later this will only be for 3 countries, and the rest of the world will have to wait to enjoy a movie that’s garnered a huge hype.
I have a few American friends who also agree with me, even despite them getting to see the movie before anybody else. Although they’ve drawn the better end of the stick with this, I don’t mind the public getting to see this first. I really hope they enjoyed it.
I just believe the studios should have the entire world’s best interests at heart in deciding when a movie is going to be released to the public.
After all, in the end, they’re only losing money due to piracy. People will see this online for free and watch it there instead of waiting another 6 days to see the movie.
For those still waiting for the movie, here’s the trailer to remind you on how good it looks;
Disclaimer: at Comic Universe, we have reviewed the movie. Thankfully another writer managed to see the movie whilst on holiday in the USA at the time, hence despite being a UK-based network, have managed to see and review the movie. I, myself, am still yet to see it hence the article.