Eddie Brock and his symbiote companion [Eminem voice] Vennnuuumm are back and just as weird as before in the first trailer for Venom: Let Their Be Carnage. Along with our hero, the teaser gives us our first look at Carnage, Venom’s red symbiote counterpart who’s hellbent on causing chaos and destruction.
While the first trailer for the original movie was filled with unintentional comedy — including a tongue that set the internet on fire — this one seems to be a little bit more aware of its jokes. In fact, the first movie’s best moment may have been Tom Hardy’s improvised scuba diving trip into a fish tank, which seems like the slap-stick style that sequel director Andy Serkis is leaning towards. Also back is Tom Hardy’s excellent Jekyll and Hyde routine, as both Eddie and Venom.
The trailer also makes Carnage look like a slightly more imposing villain than Riz Ahmed’s Venom clone, Riot, from the first movie. We also get a sizable introduction to Carnage’s host, Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson in an red wig that’s at least as scary as a serial killer symbiote), a convicted serial killer who seems to be bloodthirsty enough to fuel all of Carnage’s most deadly and destructive impulses.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was originally supposed to debut in Oct. 2020, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film was delayed until June 25, 2021. In March, the movie was delayed again — thanks in part to F9 being moved to June 25 as well — and is now set to be released on Sept. 24.