Eddie Brock and Venom are back, and this time, they face a formidable foe in Carnage in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The MCU may be getting most of the attention when it comes to superhero movies, but there are other comic book characters that are popular in their own right outside that cinematic universe. Venom is one of those characters as seen by the success of his solo movie in 2018. Even though Venom received mixed reviews, the movie grossed over $800 million at the global box office. The trailer for the sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, just dropped and there is a lot to unpack.
The trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage starts with Eddie Brock at home living with the symbiote. According to director Andy Serkis (yes the Andy Serkis who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes), for a video with IGN, it’s been one year and a half since the events of the first movie. Even though its been that long, they are still trying to get used to each other since the symbiote tries to make breakfast, but the results are less than appetizing. We also get to see a “no eating humans” sign in the apartment. Later on, we also get to see the two of them visit the convenience store that was featured prominently in the past movie.
Extended Look at Cletus Kasaday
We then get a shot of Woody Harrelson as serial killer Cletus Kasaday. His being in Venom: Let There Be Carnage isn’t a surprise considering that in Venom, the movie has a post-credits scene where Eddie interviews Cletus in jail. Andy Serkis explained that Cletus will only talk to Eddie, which is why the two have formed somewhat of a bond. Their goal is to discover where all the bodies of Cletus’ victims are. This is where we meet Mulligan (Stephen Graham), a detective who is handling the case of Cletus Kasaday and is determined to solve his murders.
In one of the highlights of the trailer, we get to see a sneak peek of how Cletus becomes Carnage. The scene shows him about to be executed for his crimes, but the red alien symbiote instead comes out and transforms him. Also, if you’re wondering about why Cletus looks somewhat different from his appearance in 2018, that’s because his change in appearance was a way to show that he has been inside for a long time, and his cleaner features show the darkness of the character.
One of the new characters that we are introduced to that is sure to play a big role in this movie is Frances Barrison, aka Shriek, played by Naomie Harris. We see that she is locked up in Ravencroft, a location familiar to comic book fans since in the comics, it is a secret prison housing super villains. Shriek had a traumatic childhood that damaged her which is why she looks so distraught in the trailer. According to Andy Serkis, the Shriek in this movie has formed a bond with her childhood sweetheart, but he didn’t reveal who it was. In the comics, Shriek is romantically involved with Carnage, so we may see both of them team up in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Elsewhere in the trailer, we get shots of Carnage showing off his destructive powers using his tendrils. We also get a few easter eggs with one of the most prominent ones being Detective Mulligan reading the Daily Bugle newspaper. The Daily Bugle is, of course, the in-universe newspaper of the Spiderman comics. But before you get your hopes up, the Venom universe is not connected to the wider MCU, so don’t expect Tom Holland to show up anytime soon.
By the looks of things, the showdown between Venom and Carnage is set to be one of the biggest battles of the year, and we can’t wait to see it. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set to release in theaters in September 2021.