Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Okay. So I definitely meant to watch this film opening weekend. But, real life happens and I started a new job, so here we are. 

The sequel to 2018’s Venom is just as good as the first one. That’s to say that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a mediocre comic film, but still enjoyable to watch. 

Once again we have Tom Hardy playing the roll of Eddie Brock and the voice of Venom. He, again, plays it like a comedy, while almost everybody else plays it like a drama, which, in my opinion, is the only way either film works. Michelle Williams and Reid Scott reprise their roles as Anne Weying and Dr. Dan Lewis, as well as Peggy Liu as Mrs. Chen. There is more comedic acting throughout the entire cast this time, not just with Hardy like the 2018 film, which did make it flow a little better. 

I was once again underwhelmed by the villains in this film. Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady/Carnage and Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison/Shriek were criminally underused and underdeveloped. I desperately wanted more of Shriek’s backstory and to have her character developed more because we barely got anything. Which means, when she meets her demise in the film, we as an audience don’t really feel much, even though that’s clearly what the filmmakers wanted. Cletus Kasady/Carnage would have been a good villain had they given Woody Harrelson more to work with. I mean, when you have Woody Harrelson, you give him an unending amount of material to work with. He’s gold. This film, however, did not do that and it left me wanting more. And, not in the good way. 

Shriek
Justice for Shriek.

 

Now, the big buzz with Venom: Let There Be Carnage is that post credit scene (which I am fully about to spoil). To say I was excited would be an understatement. I’m happy that the Sony Spider-Man Marvel Universe is finally clashing with the Venom series. And, I think it was done in a genius way that explains a lot of things like why Ant-man and other San Francisco based Marvel superheroes aren’t in the same universe as Venom, when they are in Spider-Man’s world. I’m very excited to watch the interactions that happen in these next few films. 

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