Venom: Let There Be Carnage – everything we know so far
The first Venom movie was… strange, to say the least. Yes, because Venom’s a Spider-Man villain and that whole shared-custody situation with the rights is a bit confusing, but also because it was just flat-out weird as a movie. We did a whole podcast episode trying to make sense of it and our reviewer barely knew what to make of it either. Either way, the film was a success, developing a real following — some of it ironic, some of it earnest — and so a sequel was pretty much inevitable. That sequel is Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and here’s everything we know about it so far.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage release date
After initially being slated for an October 2020 release, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the film back almost a year, with a September release date being tentatively penciled in. The latest trailer still suggests a vague “fall” release, but other sources suggest the film will come out theatrically in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2021, and then in the United States on September 24. This is still subject to change, obviously, but it makes sense.
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage plot
As with most superhero blockbusters, specific details are thin on the ground, but we do have a premise courtesy of Wikipedia:
One year after the events of Venom (2018), investigative journalist Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to life as the host of the alien symbiote Venom, which grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution.
Given the title and the focus of the marketing thus far, this second outing seems very much like a showcase for Carnage, easily Venom’s most iconic nemesis, and Woody Harrelson is chewing the scenery so much that he probably eats his way out of jail. But that seems right on trend to me. The first film had an absolutely bonkers tone, and this one seems to have retained a lot of it while also leaning into darker territory that should provide for an interesting contrast. Critics will inevitably hate it.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage cast
Tom Hardy, as well as sharing a screenplay and producer credit, will reprise his role as investigative journalist Eddie Brock, the human host of the alien symbiote Venom. Woody Harrelson, whose arrival was teased in a mid-credits scene in the first film, plays serial killer Cletus Kasady, who hosts another symbiote, the titular Carnage. Michelle Williams reprises her role as district attorney Anne Weying and Naomie Harris is on board as Frances Barrison/Shriek, Kasady’s love interest. Stephen Graham, perhaps the world’s most underrated actor, will play a detective named Mulligan, and Peggy Lu reprises her role as put-upon convenience store owner Mrs. Chen. Andy Serkis directs from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer
Sony dropped the first trailer on May 10, 2021:
Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer #2, from August 2, 2021: