Woody venom

There’s something quite deja vu about the origin story for the villain in the 2021 sequel to Marvel Studio’s 2018 surprise hit Venom Woody Harrelson joins Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams in the second trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.  In this next trailer (check out the first one here if you missed it), it’s all about Harrelson’s new villain Cletus Kasady, and how he becomes the Venom (literally) spun-off baddie comic book readers know as Carnage.  Yep, the entire sequence is in the trailer, so if you don’t want spoilers you may want to skip this one.  The new trailer is below.  While you’re waiting for its arrival in theaters (which seems every day like it’s going to get delayed), check out the book The Philosophy of Venom, the novel Venom: Lethal Protector, or the giant Venom Factor Omnibus.

Carnage poster

Hardy returns to the role of the once anti-hero/now hero Eddie, seen only once taking on the black tar-like goo suit before by those who made it to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.  That film featured That ’70s Show’s Topher Grace in the role.  Kids in the 1980s first witnessed the genesis of the character in the wildly popular Marvel Comics mini-series Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Issue #8, by writer Jim Shooter and artist Mike Zeck.  Most kids appreciated the new look.  Originally intended to give Spider-Man a new black and white costume, the story became one about a symbiotic suit that attached to Spider-Man, which went on to attach to Eddie, who became Spidey’s Public Enemy #1 as the very Todd McFarlane-styled character known as Venom in later stories.  McFarlane’s style is all over the trailers for the new film.

Wait no further: Check out the new, second trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage:

Hopefully the Sony Pictures Entertainment sequel, directed by Andy Serkis, with a story by Venom screenwriter Kelly Marcel, showcases the humor of what made the first film work: more inner-fights between Eddie and his Venom side, a return to the corner grocery and his ex-girlfrend.  Audiences got a peek at Harrelson as Kasady in the post-credits cameo for Venom (if you missed our review of the original movie, check it out here).

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters September 24, 2021.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg