Sony finally releases the long awaited "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" to audiences this weekend with our pals Eddie Brock and Venom. The sequel film will also introduce a new symbiote named Carnage who uses serial killer Cletus Kasady as a host. Carnage has been said to be a very powerful force so hopefully Venom will be strong enough to take him down. Before you step into the war of symbiotes in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," here are the 9 things you need to know.
Woody Harrelson Joins Cast as Cletus Kasady/Carnage
Tom Hardy won't be the only big name in the Venom franchise anymore as "Zombieland" actor Woody Harrelson has now joined as well. Technically, he made his first appearance in the franchise in the post-credits scene of the 2018 film "Venom." But now we'll get to see what this big, bad villain can really do in this flick. He plays the schizo murderer Cletus Kasady and his partner in crime, Carnage. Riz Ahmed was certainly a great villain in the first film, but we cannot wait to see how sinister Harrelson will get. Early reviews have said Harrelson gives off a "Natural Born Killers" vibe and we're here for it.
Andy Serkis Directs
"Mowgli" director and "Black Panther" actor Andy Serkis will be the one masterminding this epic sequel. Serkis is primarily known for his performance capture roles. He was Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise and Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise. To have an actor/director like Serkis in the fold, we can only imagine how much it will benefit the film, especially when it comes to creating sequences using motion capture. Serkis has always been a very animated and creative actor, so we can't wait to see how he'll be in the director's chair.
Eddie Brock and Venom Now Live Together
Since we last left Eddie Brock and Venom, their relationship went from just being purely a human/symbiote bond to now more of a partnership. Instead of Venom making decisions without Eddie's consent, now they both try to make compromises for each other. But now that they've decided to stick together, they also have to live with each other 24/7. One of the things we know from taking a quick glance at Eddie in the "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" trailer is that he looks terrible. Venom, on the other hand, seems to be having the time of his life. Hopefully these two can start to see eye to eye. Otherwise, we're not sure how much longer Eddie will keep his sanity.
Get Ready for Twice the Laughs
With Eddie and Venom's new living arrangement, we can already see that we're going to get a lot more one-on-one time with these two. And in our opinion, their interactions were the best part of the previous film. So, we expect that this flick will be double the jokes and double the fun. We'd even be content if the whole movie was just them bickering like an old married couple. Hardy's dialogue going back and forth with himself (as Eddie and Venom) is comedy gold!
Naomie Harris Joins Cast as Frances Barrison/Shriek
Another new cast member we're looking forward to seeing is "Skyfall" actress Naomie Harris. She'll be taking on the role of Frances Barrison who also goes by the name Shriek. One of the things that has been rumored is that she may be the most powerful character in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." She's also the girlfriend of Cletus Kasady. Her character has the ability to suck up sound and then use it as a weapon. Hopefully Venom won't be on his own in this fight. If it's only him up against Carnage AND Shriek, those aren't very good odds.
Prepare Yourself for Some Violence
In the first film, we saw plenty of heads getting bitten off. We also saw some people getting eaten whole. So, now that there are multiple symbiotes we don't see a scenario where things are going to get less graphic. We're imagining that things will get immensely more violent since there will be a huge power struggle between Venom and Carnage at the very least. Plus, we know that Venom doesn't always listen to Eddie, so he's bound to eat at least one person during the film.
Stephen Graham Plays Detective Mulligan
"The Irishman" actor Stephen Graham will be the lead detective trying to get answers for the chaos that will ensue. We've heard some other rumors that he may end up being a host to a rogue symbiote. That's what happened to his character in the Marvel comics. If it does happen, the name of that new symbiote will be Toxin. But those are purely rumors. There's nothing confirmed just yet. But how awesome would it be if that were true? We know fans would agree that one of the things we'd love to see in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" is the introduction of this iconic character.
Expect Epic CGI Fights
We already told you to expect violence. But now we're saying to expect massive CGI fight sequences. With director Andy Serkis and his expertise, we can't even imagine how cool these fight sequences are going to be. He's worked extensively with motion capture in huge franchises. And he had his stint as the villain Ulysses Klaue in the MCU. That should tell you that he knows what a well-crafted, CGI fight sequence looks like. And with iconic comic book characters like Venom and Carnage, we're sure he was foaming at the mouth to get this opportunity.
The Post-Credits Scene Will Blow Your Mind
We'll fully admit that we have no idea what's in store for the post-credits scene. But everyone who's seen the film has said that it's insane! If we had to guess, we'd say that there's some kind of crossover character that is introduced. This would be for the purpose of slowly starting to bring together Marvel characters from Sony and Disney. We know the trailer for the upcoming film "Morbius" teased Michael Keaton's Vulture from the MCU. Maybe there's some connection there? We also know that there's been a ton of buzz since the trailer for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" broke viewership records. When that dropped, the possibilities of the multiverse exploded. So, there's certainly room for crossover there. Again, all speculation. But whatever they revealed in that post-credits scene has the internet going wild!
October 1, 2021
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