For the series’ latest film adaptation, directed by Andy Serkis, Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock alongside Michelle Williams, who plays his character’s love interest, Anne Weying. The sequel’s plot progresses around a central conflict between Hardy’s alien symbiote Venom and the story’s villain Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson, who was first introduced in the 2018 film’s post-credits clip. Another addition to the second film’s cast is Naomie Harris, who plays Francis Barriston (or Shriek), a damaged soul who gets romantically involved with Carnage.
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Although the follow-up film will certainly showcase the highly anticipated showdown between Hardy’s Venom and Harrelson’s Carnage, the storyboard clearly dedicates ample screen time to Eddie’s struggle to take control of his independent identity. From the start, the trailer identifies the main character’s strife to focus on rebuilding his journalism career while inhabiting the same body as Venom, the CGI-crafted creature whose main priority is defeating villains as the “Lethal Protector.” Quick jump cuts between thrilling shots in the latter half of the trailer confirm that the film will live up to the action-packed nature of its 2018 rendition.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was initially set to release in October 2020; however, the premiere was pushed backed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. As theaters begin to open their doors, the film is slated to hit the big screen on September 24, 2o21.
In other Marvel Comics news, the publisher just unveiled its newest Captain America, Joe Gomez of the Kickapoo Tribe, as part of its The United States of Captain America miniseries.