King in Black finale, several tie-ins, and Venom #200 delayed

King in Black
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Marvel's current 'King in Black' event is picking up steam with a shocking power-up for Eddie Brock/Venom and Knull still dominating Earth (along with many tie-ins and spin-off titles). But there's been a wrench thrown in the works, with the finale - as well as the core Venom ongoing, and some tie-in issues - now being delayed.

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King in Black #5 (of 5) has been delayed two weeks, with a revised on-sale date of April 7. 

Apparently as a result, the next two issues of Venom are also pushed back - Venom #34, is shifting back to match King in Black's April 7 release. With that, the next issue - Venom #35 (a.k.a. Venom #200) has also been delayed, back to May 12.

King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #3 (of 3) has been rescheduled to April 7, away from its original March 10 release date.

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As King in Black recalibrates, its delays also affect the Fantastic Four's last tie-in issue for the event. Fantastic Four #30 was solicited for a March 10 date, but has now been moved to come out a week after the King in Black finale - April 14.

That apparently won't affect the post-'King in Black' Fantastic Four issues (and that teased Doctor Doom wedding), as Fantastic Four #31 remains scheduled for April 28, with Fantastic Four #32 coming two weeks later on May 12.

Marvel has not given a reason for these changes. However, these kind of schedule adjustments are normal when a key issue of a major event is delayed, as the tie-ins and spin-offs also need to be rescheduled to avoid spoilers and to ensure they release in proper storytelling order.

Expect Venom to be very different after 'King in Black', as series artist Ryan Stegman told Newsarama recently that Eddie Brock will be "forever changed" by what will happen.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)