Remember when, in the first Venom, Tom Hardy submerges himself in a tank of live lobsters and starts to gnaw on them, his character Eddie Brock possessed by the insatiable hunger of the titular super-duper parasite? That degree is utterly bananas disregard for normalcy looks to be on full blast with the first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the often-delayed sequel starring Hardy once again in the role, with Woody Harrelson taking up the villainous mantle of serial killer Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
Michelle Williams returns as Anne Weyling, the bearer of the brunt of Eddie’s shenanigans and a voice of reason, with Andy Serkis directing Let There Be Carnage. Serkis’ legendary penchant for motion-capture and evoking human nuance from cold, lifeless technology has sparked deep connections with imaginary, fantastic characters, and will surely be appreciated in Carnage.
Who am I kidding, Venom mimes “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” while making a mess of the kitchen, mincing mushrooms and frying eggs, spraying ketchup everywhere while Eddie looks like he hasn’t slept in three weeks. Subtlety, perhaps, ain’t on the menu.
But that’s hardly the point, and fans of the original (a tremendous box office success despite mediocre reviews) will finally be able to judge for themselves when Venom: Let There Be Carnage hits theaters this September 24th, confirmed by the new trailer. With no plans announced for a VoD or at-home release, Sony would appear to be counting on the recovery of theaters as vaccines roll out and cities open up as the world readjusts to life after the coronavirus. As the world thaws out of the pandemic, aren’t you glad to return to the sort of wholesome entertainment we’ve been missing?