Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson in Venom Let There Be Carnage
Kevin Smith has seen Venom: Let There Be Carnage , and has taken to the internet to provide his review. The film is the sequel to 2018’s Venom, and once again focuses on Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and Venom. Directed by mo-cap icon, Andy Serkis, the film is currently in theaters.
Edward Thomas Hardy CBE (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, producer and former model. After studying acting at the Drama Centre London, he made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001). He has since been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and two British Academy Film Awards, receiving the 2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Hardy has also appeared in such films as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), This Means War (2012), Locke (2013), The Drop (2014), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2015, he portrayed “Mad” Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road and both Kray twins in Legend. He has appeared in three Christopher Nolan films: Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Bane, and Dunkirk (2017) as an RAF fighter-pilot. He starred as Eddie Brock / Venom in the 2018 anti-hero film Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).
Sony brought the Venom universe to life in 2018 with the release of Ruben Fleischer’s Venom. Though not quite as critically well-received as some of the recent Spider-Man movies, the film still proved to be a massive success – largely due to Tom Hardy’s commitment to a wild and energetic performance in his dual roles. That film teased the arrival of Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady a.k.a Carnage, arguably the second most iconic symbiote-powered Spider-Man villain next to Venom himself. Though Spidey doesn’t play a central role in the new film, the sequel sees Eddie and Cletus go head to head in a battle for symbiote supremacy.
Now, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage making a huge impression at the box office, Kevin Smith has officially seen it. In a recent episode of his podcast, FatMan Beyond LIVE (via Comicbook.com), the filmmaker praised Tom Hardy’s commitment to the project and many of the sequel’s comedic beats. Smith also had a bit of criticism regarding the lack of actual carnage and how surprised he was about the movie’s low “body count.”
Here I’ll say this, Let There Be Carnage? I’d put a question mark at the end of that. Like, well, what does ‘Carnage’ say to you other than the character? Body count. I was actually surprised at the body count.He’s a serial killer BEFORE he gets a symbiot in him and sh-t, so you’re like ‘Aw he turns his hand into a cleaver!’ In a world where, I’m not saying every movie has to be this, but what’s that Kingsman movie where they went in a church and f-cking slaughtered everybody? It’s a pretty high bar for a comic book movie where you’re like ‘All right, Carnage could do this,’ and he didn’t. He swung it, it was very, very cool, don’t get me wrong. Again, no complaints, but could you imagine him halving people? And you could get away with it in this movie, they got a real sense of humor about death and violence in this movie.
You know, it continues to be fun little Tom Hardy project, he f-cking wrote or came up with the story, he’s deeply invested in it and obviously giving it his all. There’s sh-t that legit made me laugh out loud. There’s a lot of chicken jokes in the f-cking thing, and one of the, I don’t think that I’m spoiling anything to tell you that eventually Venom and Carnage will fight, and one of the ultimate line, the coup de grâce line, was pretty f-cking wonderful, literally made me laugh out loud in the theater.
So ultimately, it seems that Smith is largely positive about the new film. However, he does seem to think that the film isn’t without its share of faults – particularly due to its lack of an R-rating. Elsewhere in his remarks, Smith noted that the film likely could’ve benefited from leaning further into ultraviolence to capitalize on Carnage’s vicious nature.
Of course, like the rest of the fans, Smith will have to wait and see how the Venom franchise evolves as it moves into the future. The finale of Venom: Let There Be Carnage promises a much larger world for Eddie Brock that’s far more connected to the Marvel that many fans know and love, but how that will all unfold remains to be seen. At this time, the big screen Venom now appears to be on a path that will lead him to an on-screen encounter with Tom Holland’s MCU version of Spider-Man. As such, it stands to reason that the odds of something more R-rated (such as what Smith wants) will likely go down the closer Eddie Brock gets to Peter Parker. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is currently in theaters