Venom Let There Be Carnage gives antidote to sluggish box office

Newest Marvel movie serves up an entertaining night out

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Venom Let There Be Carnage hit theaters October 1.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

Venom Let There Be Carnage debuted to the general audience in the U.S. on Friday, October 1st. This latest installment added new dimensions and complexity to the ever-growing Marvel cinematic universe in the form of an antihero supplemental movie. This is supposed to be one of many antihero storylines added to bring more depth to future phases of Marvel storyline growth. Warning, spoilers ahead.

As a follow-up to Venom, the story continued with the same core actors. Tom Hardy continues to star as both Eddie Brock and as the alien symbiote Venom, the two main characters. Michelle Williams is also back as Anne Weying, the woman that Eddie Brock and now Venom both love. Anne’s fiancée, Dr. Dan Lewis, is still played by Reid Scott. New to the sequel is the addition of Woody Harrelson, starring as both Cletus Kasady, a deranged death-row killer and Carnage, a new symbiote that is sort of accidentally Eddie and Venom’s creation. Also new to the story are Naomie Harris as Frances, Cletus’ love interest and Stephen Graham as Detective Mulligan, who is rumored to have a future role in Venom’s continuing antihero storyline.

Venom is one of three alien symbiotes that settled on Earth in the original Venom movie although it is revealed in the sequel that there is a civilization of them that exists elsewhere. Because Venom is a symbiote he is an alien that lives inside of his host Eddie Brock. Some of the symbiotes just want to feed on their human hosts because they are a food source (along with chocolate), but Venom and Eddie Brock share a mutual symbiosis where they do not hurt each other but both parties gain from it. This started as parasitism in the first movie but has now grown to be mutually beneficial for both of them in the second. The two must rely on each other to defeat Carnage and Cletus Kasady, who do not share a mutual symbiosis, so this growth in their relationship is vital and gives them an advantage.

As for my review of the movie, I really liked Venom, the first installment of the story. It is one of my favorite Marvel movies, even if it is an antihero movie that doesn’t connect with the broader MCU storyline. I gave the original movie 5 stars because of the storyline, the humor, the graphics, and the chemistry between Venom and Eddie Brock. That is hard to beat! I give Venom Let There Be Carnage 3 stars because the humor seeming forced at times between Venom and Eddie, unlike the first movie, and the graphic transformations between Carnage and Cletus, as symbiote and host, were not as seamless as Venom’s and Eddie Brock’s in my opinion. I do feel that the movie is necessary to watch as it seems important to the future MCU storyline and there is an end-credit scene that possibly leads into the new Spiderman movie coming in December. Because of this, I do recommend the movie as a must-see for anyone following Phase 4 of the Marvel saga, even though I did not feel it held up to the original movie.