Eddie Brock and Venom have a falling out just as serial killer
Cletus Kasady escapes from prison with a symbiote of his very own.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
Directed by Andy Serkis
Written by Kelly Marcel
Starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams,
Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham, Reid Scott
Sequel to 2018's Venom
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
I’ll be one of the first to admit that while I enjoyed the original Venom, I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Mainly due to the fact Tom Hardy was the best thing in a film which felt mediocre and unsure of itself. So, wasn’t clamoring for a sequel admittedly. But, during the lead up to the release of this second installment, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I loved the director attached, the big screen debut of Carnage, and the rumors of this setting up bigger plans for the series moving forward. On the other, the same debate with the rating popped up again and the worry of if the same issues would be repeated started to cross my mind. Yet, against all odds, it appears one does not simply put Venom in the corner. Instead, he completely shatters your worries and gives you a better sequel with one of the best teases of what’s to come to cap everything off.
It goes without saying Tom Hardy delivers once again as the title character. Giving us a character not like what we’re used to in superhero films, but one which is refreshing and fun because of it. This time around, though, he’s not alone. On the villain side, Woody Harrelson completely delivers as iconic bad guy, Cletus Kasady. He chews the scenery in a more villainous role where it’s clear he’s having the time of his life. As for his alter ego, Carnage, this film does not disappoint on his big screen debut. He’s every bit as terrifying, insane, and deadly as we’ve come to see him in the comics. Holding all of this together is director Andy Serkis. He delivers a much more confident film than what we got the first time. His movie is a lean, mean, and fun film which hones in on what works. Specifically, the fantastic CGI sequences and the core relationship from the original film. As for the mid credit scene, all I’ll say is it’s a truly great time to be a comic book fan.
Let There Be Carnage is the Venom film I wanted the first time. Completely confident in itself while also being incredibly fun. It continues the core relationship from the original and delivers exceptionally well in the big screen debut of Carnage. With the tease they left, I now couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store for us in this franchise.
Venom was a surprise hit with fans, despite horrible reviews, a clumsy PG-13 re-edit, and a persistently selfish Sony Pictures insisting on creating their own shared universe with Spidey's villains. While we've still got Morbius and a Kraven the Hunter movie on the way, and God only knows how they'll fare with critics and fans, we can calm our nerves knowing that Sony is knocking it out of the park with Venom. This sequel checks all the boxes. Well-developed story that feels like natural progression? Check. A vicious, unhinged new villain? Check. An insane post-credits scene that implies a magnificent future for the character? Very big check.
Eddie Brock (Hardy) has been living with the symbiote Venom for quite some time, and the two are not getting along. Brock won't let Venom eat people, and Venom is starting to feel neglected. Meanwhile, notorious serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson) is awaiting death row and will only talk to Brock about his life story. A surprise bite later, and Kasady is infected with his own symbiote: Venom's psychotic offspring, Carnage. I've been waiting my whole life to see Carnage on the big screen, and Andy Serkis does not disappoint. Eddie and Venom must work out their differences if their going to stop Kasady and Carnage from getting their revenge. For only an hour and a half, this movie is jam-packed with epic visual effects, hilarious banter, and solid character development.
The post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage is going to be the only thing people will be talking about with this movie for quite some time. It's truly something I never thought possible as a longtime fan of all this awesome shit. I won't spoil it because I'm a gentleman. It cements the Venom sequel as one of the most entertaining films of the year, and I'm so glad I'm able to say that.