There’s no shortage of superhero flicks going around right now and we’ve been blessed with Black Widow, The Suicide Squad and Marvel’s Shang-Chi in recent months. It’s a jam-packed plate, that’s for sure, but make sure you leave some room for Venom 2.
Venom was definitely not your typical superhero film and it looks like that will continue in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming sequel.
What’s Venom up to this time?
To jog your memory, the first Venom film was about journalist Eddie Brock who bonded with an alien symbiotic lifeform after he went snooping through a classified bio-engineering facility.
It turns out this symbiote had a name and an attitude and would turn Brock into a monstrous creature that enjoys chewing on people’s heads.
Despite this Brock and Venom form a bond and agree to co-exist at the end of the film.
When we return in Venom 2 (Venom: Let There Be Carnage), Brock is working on getting his journalism career back on track by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady. Little does Eddie know that Kasady will become host to another symbiote, Carnage, who will of course go on to wreak… well, carnage.
Venom 2 may have a different director this time around but the ridiculousness looks like it will continue if the trailers are to be believed.
Venom is separate from the MCU
While Venom is a Marvel comics character (you may remember the character from Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3), this movie is not connected to the MCU – as far as we know.
Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man, who has effectively been on loan to Marvel thanks to a special deal between the studios which gave us Tom Holland’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a Sony film, so you won’t be seeing any of the Avengers show up here. That doesn’t mean we won’t see Tom Holland potentially appear in a Venom crossover in the future, but don’t hold your breath.
While you don’t need to see any MCU films prior to watching Venom 2, you should probably see the first Venom which you can find on Netflix Australia.
Who is in the cast?
As for the vast of Venom: Let There Be Carnage it should come as no surprise that Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock.
He’s joined by Michelle Williams as Eddie’s ex Anne and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
Naomie Harris, Reid Scott and Stephen Graham also star in the film which is directed by Andy Serkis.
What are the reviews saying?
Venom was a bit of hit and miss with critics the first time around and it still only has a 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Can Let There Be Carnage turn things around?
The film will be released in the US later this week which means reviews for the second Venom have started to trickle in.
Most critics are calling it more of the same with plenty of fun wild violence to go around, and everyone says the post-credits scene is a must-see. Here are some early reactions.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a wild-ass movie of the highest order. Ultraviolent rom com that is delightfully self aware and weird. Tom Hardy gives 200%. Whatever you do, don’t miss the post-credits. #VenomLetThereBeCarnage pic.twitter.com/yoSBH67wMs
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) September 28, 2021
When it comes to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it’s simple.
Did you like the first one? You’ll like this one.
Not like the first one? That’s how you’ll feel here.
It’s the bigger faster version of the first movie which I enjoyed and instantly forgot about.
Fun. Frivolous. pic.twitter.com/KseRn6s4E2
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) September 28, 2021
Venom 2 release date
Like every movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw a number of release date shuffles due to COVID. Venom 2 was most recently scheduled for release in Australian cinemas on September 16, 2021.
That has shifted, however, and the film is now slated for a November 25 release date in Aussie cinemas, with no simultaneous streaming release in the pipeline.
At this point, many of the major lockdowns across Australia are expected to be over so we can only hope that most Aussies will be able to safely make it to cinemas in time for Venom 2’s release date.
This article has been updated with Venom 2 release date changes.