Venom: Let There Be Carnage re-acquaints us with the odd-couple combination of Tom Hardy and an invasive parasite. Hardy's journalist Eddie Brock, and the growly, squidgy alien symbiote occupying his body, once again take centre stage in the Sony superhero sequel, which comes on the heels of the 2018 Venom blockbuster.
Here's the latest poster teasing Venom's new nemesis: the rampaging Cletus Kasady Woody Harrelson) who was introduced in the first film's mid-credits sequence. As per the comic book lore, the psychotic Kasady is transformed into Carnage, essentially the deranged, symbiotic equal of Venom. We can also note the presence of Naomie Harris as Kasady's girlfriend Shriek and a returning Michelle Williams as Brock's partner Anne Weying.
Original director Ruben Fleischer is out, replaced by Andy Serkis behind the camera. Most importantly, the poster reaffirms the film's October 15th release date – following a degree of speculation that Venom 2 would be delayed, it now appears to be sticking to its guns. Expectations are high: the original Venom took more than $800 million worldwide to become a bonafide hit.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the latest chapter in Sony's Spider-Man Universe (SSMU), a comic book franchise that has connections with, but is adjacent to, the Disney-distributed Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Coming next year in the SSMU is Morbius: The Living Vampire, starring Jared Leto in the title role; it remains to be seen whether the Venom sequel will help set that up.
As mentioned, Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be unleashed on 15th October.