Venom Let There Be Carnage hit theaters on October 1st after a year of being delayed. Directed by Andy Serkis, whose best known for playing CGI characters such as Gollum, King Kong, Snoke in the Star Wars sequels and Caesar from Planet of The Apes, along with his live action performances in various genres including playing Ulyssus Klaue in the MCU and will be playing Alfred in The Batman.
Returning as Venom/ Eddie Brock is Tom Hardy along with some familiar faces from the first film. While adding Woody Harrelson as psychopathic murderer Cletus Kassady/ Carnage and Pirates alumni Noami Harris as Shriek.
Let there be Carnage moved pretty quickly through the plot packing as much into it’s 97 minute run time as possible. Staying close to Kassidy’s comic origins, although Harrelson’s performance tried to combine the creepy and the funny but just missed the nail of pulling it off and made Kassady seem more on the cringey side at times, but not unwatchable. With a film that puts Carnage right in the title I did expect more carnage. Majority of the film is centered around the relationship between Venom and Eddie as they argue like a married couple on the verge of divorce.
Although I did enjoy Venom and Eddie’s bickering. Their relationship being the main highlight of both films. We get to see Venom enjoying himself at a rave which was interesting to see. Seeing Michelle Williams become She-Venom again was a welcoming sight as well. The big fight scene at the end was an improvement on the first film including ringing church bells in all, a nod I suspect to Eddie’s original Venom origins. However, it didn’t leave an opportunity for Kassady and Carnage to return for a possible round 2 making him a one off villain, which is sad because with a little more development Harrelson could pull off the character better.
The mid credit scene was 10/10 alone. Opening the doors to so many possibilities for Venom to meet a certain web slinger now that the multiverse has been unleashed. Hopefully this will strengthen the relationship between Sony and Disney/Marvel for future projects for Spidey and his rogue gallery.
Venom Let There Be Carnage now playing in Theaters