In the latter part of the 2010s, Sony Pictures inked an agreement with Marvel Studios where the latter’s ownership of film rights to Marvel superhero Spider-Man will be shared between them, allowing the Friendly Neighborhood wall-crawler to appear in the MCU. Sony and Columbia Pictures however began developing a Sony Pictures Marvel Character Universe with planned movies for supporting characters of the Spider-franchise. The first film in this vein was 2018’s “Venom” starring Tom Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock, bonded with a symbiotic alien that turns him into the titular Venom. A post-credits scene foreshadowed the sequel “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” with a new trailer released ahead of premiere.
Comic Book Resources tells us that more plot developments and teaser sequences were recently previewed in the second trailer for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” from Sony-Columbia pictures, which came out this past Monday, August 2. Tom Hardy returns as reporter-turned-lethal protector Eddie Brock, as he finds himself pitted against criminally insane serial killer Cletus Kassidy, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, who for some reason or other ends up with the same powers that Eddie does, but of even greater magnitude. As it turns out, this trailer hints how that happened.
The new “Let There Be Carnage” trailer establishes that one year has passed since the events of 2018’s “Venom.” While Eddie and the Venom symbiote secretly fights crime in San Francisco, the former is weary of the latter insisting on killing and eating their criminal victims. This conflict between Brock’s moderation and Venom’s zero restrictions is a driving force of the story. Meanwhile, Eddie continues his investigative reports on Cletus Kassidy, who during one prison visit bites Brock’s hand. Later, when Kletus is to be executed, it is implied that he ingested part of Venom from the bite, which becomes his own, more powerful symbiote.
Thus Kletus, with a larger, red-colored alien symbiote, breaks out of prison to do as he has wished all his life: have carnage. Even Venom, upon encountering the symbiote on Kletus, is cowed by it and would only help Eddie if he promises to give it free rein. Brock must now face his greatest challenge with the reluctant assistance of police detective Mulligan (Stephen Graham) and his ex-fiancée Ann (Michelle Williams) who is now engaged to Dr. Lewis (Reid Scott). Kletus is not alone in his rampage however. He gets help from his similarly-psychotic girlfriend Frances (Naomi Scott), who possesses a superhuman screaming ability that gives her the nickname “Shriek.”
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is directed by motion-capture master Andy Serkis, with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel based on a story co-developed by her and Tom Hardy himself. The film premieres on September 24.
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