Everything We Know About 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'

The menacing symbiote is hungry for a sequel.

'Venom' | Sony Pictures Releasing
'Venom' | Sony Pictures Releasing

The first Venom movie was a lovable mess, but a gonzo Tom Hardy performance as Eddie Brock and an impressive box-office haul made a strong case for a sequel. Luckily for us, Tom Hardy's taking up the symbiote mantle once again for a second movie, which is punningly titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Will this one connect with Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is Michelle Williams along for the ride again? Will there be both carnage and Carnage? Here's what to expect from Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

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Tom Hardy in 'Venom' | Sony Pictures Releasing

What is the release date for Venom: Let There Be Carnage?

Venom: Let There Be Carnage was supposed to come out in October 2020, but its release was delayed due to COVID-19, initially to June 25, 2021, and then later to September 17, 2021, then to September 24, 2021, and THEN to October 15, 2021 after delta variant cases began spreading in the US. It was supposed to be preceded by another SUMC release: Morbius, a standalone film for the Spider-Man vampire villain of the same name, but that film, which stars Jared Leto, was delayed from March 2021 to January 21, 2022.

Who will be in the sequel's cast?

Tom Hardy will, of course, return as Eddie Brock. It’s unclear if he’ll plunge himself into a bath of lobsters this time around, but Hardy is sure to bring the same charm that almost made Venom a comedy to its sequel. Michelle Williams is also set to return as Anne Weying, Eddie’s ex-fiancée. As promised via Venom’s mid-credits scene, Woody Harrelson will star as longtime Venom villain Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who will eventually become the symbiote villain known as Carnage. Also sure to return is Venom’s extremely long tongue. Stephen Graham of Boardwalk Empire and The Irishman is appearing in an unknown role, and Naomie Harris has been cast as the villain Shriek. Past that, no other cast announcements have been made for the sequel. There have been wishful rumors of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man making an appearance in a Venom movie; while technically possible, it seems unlikely at this point.

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Does Venom 2 have an official title?

Yes! The film formerly known as Venom 2 is officially titled Venom: Let There be Carnage, which sounds sick and definitely means that Harrelson's Carnage will play a huge part in it. Sony announced the new title in April 2020 via the very dramatic video above. 

Riz Ahmed in 'Venom' | Sony Pictures Releasing

What's the plot of Venom 2?

With Riz Ahmed's Carlton Drake (who eventually fused with the symbiote Riot) out of the picture after, uh, exploding inside a spaceship towards the end of the first film, Eddie and Venom's initial nemesis will most likely not be back. Luckily, Venom's mid-credits scene revealed that we can now focus our attention to Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady. Brock, once again working as a journalist, interviews Kasady, a captured serial killer in prison. It’s creepy as hell, but there’s not much to go off of plot-wise other than Kasady’s promise that, "When I get out of here—and I will—there's going to be carnage."

That line is an on-the-nose reference that confirms Kasady’s identity. In the comics, he merges with a symbiote named Carnage, a kind of "offspring" that Venom shed once while breaking Brock out of prison. Carnage bonds on a deep level with Kasady, developing violent abilities that even Venom doesn't possess. It's uncertain how much of Carnage and Kasady's storyline will be pulled from the source material for Venom 2, but we can be certain that it's going to bloody and violent as all get out.

We also know Shriek will be involved. In the comics, Shriek is a drug dealer named Frances Barrison, whose severe trauma caused her latent mutant powers—which include sonic blasts, flight, and the ability to incite dark emotions—to emerge. Historically, she's both Carnage's accomplice and love interest, so her addition to the sequel makes sense. It was reported that Naomie Harris (Moonlight) is starring in the role.

Is there a Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer?

Hell, yes! In fact, there are actually two! The first opens with Venom making Eddie breakfast and saying, "YUMMY." The trailer also heavily features Harrelson as Kasady and offers a brief look at Harris. The second trailer offers a more complete picture of Carnage and the havoc he will raise, as well as some more glimpses of Shriek, well, shrieking. Plus, more Eddie and Venom bickering, of course, this time Eddie paranoid over being sent to Area 51.

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Who's involved with Venom 2?

In August 2020, Sony announced that motion-capture legend turned filmmaker Andy Serkis would direct the sequel. Famous for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Serkis takes over for Venom director Ruben Fleischer, who was thought to likely direct the sequel but instead directed the 2019 movie Zombieland 2. The script was by Kelly Marcel, who was part of the writing team for Venom, however she's not the only person involved in crafting the story. Apparently, Hardy himself has a story credit because he's just so in love with Venom. "This is new for him, to get credit, but it’s not new for him to be this involved," Marcel said in an interview with Empire. "He’s absolutely 100 percent committed to everything that he does. He’s married to Venom. He loves this character. He’s very involved in what he thinks should happen." Fingers crossed that means more lobster tanks. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are producing.

Is this the last Venom film?

The short answer: It’s uncertain. Tom Hardy is signed onto a three-picture contract with Sony. Given the commercial success of the film and Sony’s future plans for its Marvel characters, if the sequel does well Venom 3 doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.

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