VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE (2021) Reviews (21) and overview
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a 2021 science fiction action horror film and a sequel to the dark Spider-Man spinoff Venom (2018).
Directed by Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel, based on a story by Tom Hardy and Marcel.
The movie stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Stephen Graham. Woody Harrelson (Zombieland films; War for the Planet of the Apes), who appeared as Cletus Kasady in the first film’s post-credits scene, has a pivotal role in this sequel.
With regards to box office expectations for this sequel – bearing in mind that Venom took $856 million worldwide – Deadline has reported that: “Sony is conservatively estimating $40 million over three days at 4,200 locations for the Venom sequel […] But tracking and leading exhibitors have it in the $60M-plus range at the U.S. and Canadian box office.”
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting piece on the gestation of the sequel and how: “For the first time on a feature film, Hardy has received a story by credit, sharing it with Marcel, who penned the script and produced alongside the leading man…”
THR goes on to say “At the 2018 Venom premiere, Hardy and Marcel approached Sony executives with an idea for a sequel, and they got the go-ahead to hash out a story together. They looked at the complaints from critics and examined what audiences liked about the first one, too.”
“This is a film with no pretensions; it’s not attempting to be anything other than a goofy comics movie with two slithery alien beings duking it out. Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson play off of each other really well, and the film’s lean runtime actually leaves audiences wanting more, an example that many of the bloated Marvel and D.C. films could stand to follow.” Bad Feeling