Despite less than stellar reviews, the Venom film released in 2018 was a box office hit setting a record for biggest October opening ever with $80 million and eventually grossing $855 million worldwide. Thus a sequel with Tom Hardy reprising his role as the titular Lethal Protector was inevitable.
Originally intended to be released in October 2020 the sequel, titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, was delayed until September 2021 due to COVID. It also meant fans clamoring to see Woody Harrelson fully unleashed as Cletus Kassady (better known as the host of the Carnage symbiote) after being teased in a post-credits scene in the first Venom film would require a bit more patience.
But good things come to those who wait because Sony has released the first Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer.
Original director Ruben Fleischer, best known for his work on the Zombieland films, was too busy with Zombieland: Double Tap to return to helm the sequel. Thus, Sony enlisted Andy Serkis, whose highest profile directorial work was the Netflix released Mowgli, the other Jungle Book movie, as well as acting as a second unit director with Peter Jackson on the Hobbit films.
Joining Hardy and Harrelson is Naomie Harris as the villainous Shriek. As diehard comic fans know, Shriek made her first appearance on the page in 1993’s Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage. In that story, Cletus Kasady was able to take advantage of a mutation he had undergone during exposure to a symbiote in order to escape from prison by spontaneously generating a copy of the alien and once again transforming into Carnage. In addition to freeing himself from incarceration, he also rescued Shriek, and together the pair gathered more allies to battle against Spider-Man.
Watch the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer below.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives in theaters on September 24, 2021.