Fans eager to see Tom Hardy return to the role of the big, black spider will have to wait until June 25, 2021, to see the sequel to the 2018 hit Venom. The actor recently revealed the logo and full title (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) in a teaser on his Instagram page.
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The red hues are definitely a nod towards Carnage, who was teased at the end of the first Venom film and will be played by Woody Harrelson in next year’s film. From the comics, Carnage is a symbiote inhabiting the serial killer Cletus Kassidy.
In the mid-credits scene of Venom, Cletus Kassidy is questioned by Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock about where he buried the corpses of his victims. The deranged killer replies “When I get outta here, and I will, there’s gonna be carnage,” a strong hint of his appearance in the sequel film.
In the first Venom film, Eddie Brock and Venom took on Riot, a minor character from the comics who was a symbiote child spawned from Venom. The character in the film was reimagined to be a more powerful being than Venom and considered a “team leader” amongst their fellow symbiotes. Riot’s eventual defeat by Venom was a slight copout as Venom needed to trap Riot on an exploding spacecraft. Hopefully, Let There Be Carnage will feature a better “battle of the symbiotes” that will satisfy longtime fans of these characters.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is directed by Andy Serkis from a script written by Kelly Marcel. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Shriek, and Woody Harrelson as Carnage.