Sony steals the success of “Top Gun: Maverick”

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Hollywood is back! The world of cinema bounces back with historic success for virtually every film released after Top Gun: Maverick (2022) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sony says they’re the only ones thanking them for saving “the movie industry.”

Tom Hardy as Venom
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Venom: let there be carnage (2021) was released in theaters on October 1, 2021, after numerous theatrical delays due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but it ushered in the re-emergence of cinema for countless audiences. Open the way to Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021), the movie theater has slowly started to feel like home again for many.

Tom Cruise as Maverick in
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After Top Gun: Maverick grossing over $1.1 billion at the box office and breaking national records, Sony Motion Group Chairman Sanford Panitch has come forward to say that Venom: let there be carnage is to be thanked for saving the cinema:

Sony Motion Group President Sanford Panitch on people saying #TopGunMaverick brought the movie industry back.

“In a weird way, I’d say #TopGunMaverick is taking advantage of our shot. Venom 2 is the beginning of that story.

What some may not realize is that Marvel Studios beat Sony Pictures at the box office with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), which hit theaters on August 21, 2021, marking the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to hit theaters since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shang Chi holding the Ten Rings in the air around him on Ta Lo
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Nevertheless, without Shang Chi ushering in audiences and helping weary viewers feel a little safer in a movie theater, Marvel and Sony couldn’t have walked out Spider-Man: No Coming Home and received such historic acclaim.

Quickly becoming one of the highest-grossing Marvel films to date, No coming home became the highest-grossing film of the pandemic era, opening the door to Top Gun: Maverick, Everything everywhere all at once (2022), Jurassic World: Dominion (2022), Elvis (2022), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), The man from the north (2022), and more.

Zoe Kravits as Catwoman (left) and Robert Pattinson as Batman (right)
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But a considerable part of this success belongs to The Batman (2022), Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s groundbreaking superhero partnership that grossed over $770 million – without audiences flocking to theaters around the world in March 2022, much of the Hollywood success seen today today for virtually every new movie – like Ethan Hawke’s black phone (2022) film which recently grossed over $100 million worldwide (made on a reported budget of $18 million).

Nonetheless, Sony’s Panitch comment prompted a few rebuttals on social media:

Never in my life would I have imagined Venom 2 and Top Gun Maverick in the same sentence

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Another user shares:

That’s called a load of bullshit. Venom has nothing to do with the success of Top Gun. Completely different audiences

A fan writes:

Godzilla did it first, sorry everyone

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It should be noted that the first major blockbuster to hit theaters was Warner Bros. Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), which grossed an impressive $468 million, given that a majority of theaters around the world were still closed.

On top of that, Christopher Nolan is jaw-dropping and instantly iconic. PRINCIPLE (2021) lit the fire for the films to return to the big screen after debuting in a still closed world.

Tom Hardy as Venom holding a chicken
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Nevertheless, it is clear that without the Venom sequel, every Marvel fan may have had to wait longer for Spider-Man: No Coming Home to be released in theaters.

Spider-Man: No Coming Home
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The wonder Universe becomes much more than iconic characters / Earth’s Mightiest Hero as Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawk Eye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natacha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain wonder/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger paves the way for newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Kate Bishop, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) , Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with her next Spider Man trilogy currently in the works.

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