Okay, I’ve been watching 2018’s Venom a lot on FX. It seems like when a weekend rolls around, the Tom Hardy film is on. And somehow I start watching again. And while I was not a fan of the original film that introduces the antihero symbiote, my stance on it has softened. The film is kind of fun. Now, Sony has released the first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. I can’t lie, this looks pretty amazing.
The opening of the trailer immediately leans into the humor, that was prevalent in the first film. It seems Sony has taken a hint from the MCU’s Bruce Banner/Hulk relationship and made Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Venom a buddy vehicle – with Hardy’s Brock being the vehicle.
We then cut to Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, who is a serial killer being investigated by authorities. When he’s about to be executed, Carnage makes his presence known. Watch below:
And of course there’s a poster:
While the trailer shows many intriguing shots, I’m still not sure what director Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Rings, Mowgli, The Batman) has planned, but this is an intriguing first look.
The first Venom divided CBM fans. Many liked it. Others didn’t like the humor. Critics fairly loathed it as it currently stands at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2018 in the world with $855 million.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was delayed one week from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24. It was pushed from its original June 25 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now with theaters opening, the film will screen exclusively in those locations.
Sony’s official description says, “Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.“
The film features a screenplay by Kelly Marcel from a story by Marcel and Hardy. It is produced by Marcel, Hardy, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal and Hutch Parker. Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish, Ruben Fleischer, Edward Cheng and Howard Chen serve as executive producers. Marco Beltrami is composing the music for the film.
The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.