Turn up the excitement because Venom: Let There Be Carnage is on its way. The symbiote-infested comic book movie might’ve taken a little longer than expected to arrive but thank Knull it’s almost here.
While 2018’s Venom confused the critics with its intergalactic goodness and brain-munching hilarity, it smashed the box office and won the hearts of fans around the world.
Now, there’s a genuine possibility that Venom: Let There Be Carnage could top the first film when it arrives in theatres on 15 October 2021.
A better villain
Let’s not pretend like Riot is anywhere in Carnage’s league—that was just the warm-up. Everyone knows that the red symbiote is the Joker to Venom’s Batman, and their imminent showdown in Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the one that fans have hungered for.
More importantly, Carnage won’t be riding solo in this film, as his partner in crime, Shriek, will also be making her bow here. Prepare for total anarchy because this has all the makings of a mini-Maximum Carnage event—without Spider-Man, of course.
No shared universe pressures
Speaking of Spidey, no one really knows what’s the deal with him and Venom right now. Both properties fall under the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters banner, but the Web-Head seems more likely to face off against Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) than our favourite symbiote, Big Daddy V.
That’s okay, though. While there’s always the possibility that Spidey could cameo in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it isn’t critical to the story. We all know that the endgame will be Spider-Man and Venom in a future film, but it feels good to walk into a movie without worrying about the other million projects it’s meant to set up.
Losing Ruben Fleischer as a director was a huge blow because his comedic sensibility made all the difference in Venom. However, his replacement, Andy Serkis, was more than adequate and an inspired choice, especially considering his knowledge and experience of CGI.
Judging by the trailers alone, it’s evident that there’s been an upgrade in the character designs and movements of the symbiotes. Serkis understands both the technological and practical side of the effects, having played a massive part in the success of The Lord of the Rings and The Planet of the Apes franchises. Don’t be surprised if the visuals for Venom: Let There Be Carnage end up blowing your mind.
No origin story
One of the biggest concerns about Venom was how it would handle Eddie Brock’s bonding to the symbiote without Spider-Man. In the comics, Eddie and Venom’s relationship is made stronger because of their mutual hatred for the Web-Crawler.
While the film produced a convincing origin story that didn’t require Peter Parker’s presence at all, many fans weren’t too happy about the change. Now that it’s out of the way, there’s a chance for them to sit back and enjoy Venom: Let There Be Carnage without the expectation from before.