And on the tenth day (of May) the Lord said: “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”.
That’s right, kids. The long-awaited trailer for the Venom sequel has just fallen, and it’s just as bananas as we hoped. So you follow the revelation of Woody Harrelson in a crazy red wig in the middle of the credits at the end of the last film. Don’t even try to trick us into thinking this is going to be a standard superhero movie.
If the trailer online is any indication, Venom: Let There Be Carnage seems to be doubling down on the wackiness that worked so well in the previous film – a smart move, given how hard it was to take Eddie Brock seriously in his film debut.
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Look, we liked the first Venom fine. It was quite a mess, but there were plenty of times that worked. For every questionable action piece, there was an insane comedic beat like Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock immersed himself in a lobster tank. For every generic nasty action from Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake, we got pure insanity, like Michelle Williams turning hot minute She-Venom.
And then there was the star of the show, Venom herself. Forget the dazzling moment when the Venom symbiote confessed to being bullied on its home planet. Instead, remember how great Hardy’s Jekyll & Hyde routine was once he came into contact with the alien that infected his body. How wonderful was that back and forth between Brock and the psychotic voice in his head?
Now imagine those elements, the ones that worked, taking over the whole movie. It feels like Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be just like that.
Woody comes to the rescue
Tom Hardy is a great actor, but if you’re really going to delve into the sheer madness it takes to make something like this Venom: Let There Be Carnage work, you have to bring in the big guns. Woody Harrelson enters.
You’re lying if you tell us your nerd gas meter didn’t tingle when you saw Woody Harrelson play Cletus Kasady at the end of Venom. It’s a masterful casting job – one fully appreciated by people familiar with the Carnage character from the comics, as well as Harrelson’s filmography. Mickey Knox explains Natural killers play a super powered serial killer? Yes please!
With Woody Harrelson as Carnage, Tom frees Hardy from the burden of being the craziest character in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Even though Eddie Brock’s symbiotic relationship with Venom seems as weird as ever, he’ll definitely be playing straight guy for Harrelson’s over-the-top villain. And we are 100% behind not hanging your entire movie on Tom Hardy’s comedic skills.
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage has also experienced some welcome additions and shake-ups behind the camera. We have a new director, and it’s someone who knows a thing or two about portraying split personalities using heavy CGI. We are of course talking about Gollum himself, Andy Serkis. Nothing against the original Venom director Ruben Fleischer, but Serkis seems better suited for the job.
Equally important, the writing assignment is attributed exclusively to Kelly Marcel. Marcel was one of three screenwriters named in the first film, and it will be interesting to see what her pure vision of Venom is. In case you don’t know Marcel’s work, she wrote it critically acclaimed Save Mr. Banks, as well as the first Fifty Shades of grey movie. So she has reach, is what we say.
The wildest development caused by the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer is the strangely fitting use of Aimee Mann’s “One” as the sole soundtrack for it. So much to think about Magnolia when that song sounds, huh? From now on, ‘One’ is going to give you flashes of Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote, and Woody Harrelon’s glorious red hair. What a time to be alive.
What did you think of the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer? Do you think it will be better than the first Venom? Are you excited to see Woody Harrelson play Carnage? Let us know in the comments!
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