The time has finally arrived, Marvel fans. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is officially in theaters as Sony Pictures has unleashed the long-awaited sequel upon the world. Unlike some other recent major releases, the movie is playing exclusively in theaters. So those who want to see it ASAP and avoid spoilers will need to head to a theater in order to do so.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage stars Tom Hardy in the lead role as Eddie Brock/Venom, with Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) in the director’s chair. It was originally supposed to be released nearly a year ago. However, due to the pandemic, Sony was forced to delay it multiple times. But the time has arrived and Venom is facing off against Woody Harrelson’s Carnage in a theater near you right now.
Here is the synopsis for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
“Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.”
Critics largely didn’t enjoy the first Venom, even though audiences seemed to like it quite a bit. The sequel, so far, seems to be faring better all around. As of this writing, it holds a 62 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That is far better than the first movie, which sits at a mere 30 percent. The audience score is at 85 percent, compared to 81 percent for the first film.
Despite taking a critical beating, director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom was a major hit. It earned $856 million at the global box office, paving the way for a sequel to quickly receive the green light. Beyond that, Sony opted to move forward with several other spin-offs based on the Spider-Man characters it controls the rights to. Morbius is due in theaters next year, with Kraven the Hunter coming together quickly. Other movies are also in various stages of development.
Kelly Marcel wrote the screenplay for Venom 2, working from a story she cooked up with Hardy. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Hutch Parker, Marcel and Hardy are on board as producers. Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish and Fleischer are executive producers. The cast also includes Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott and Stephen Graham.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters now.