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Venom: Let There Be Carnage picks up where the original Venom left off. Eddie Brock, still in an uneasy truce with his symbiote (or parasite, depending on your point of view). Things get real when Brock goes to interview murderer Kletus Casady in prison, and finds that Casady has his own symbiote – a red one, which scares the *bleep* out of Venom. Brock is only able to goad Venom into action by promising that he can eat everyone.

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. Michelle Williams returns as Anne Weying.

Andy Serkis wanted Carnage to have “off-kilter and strange” motions that would fit his powers and nature: “Cletus has real intelligence and humor, and that’s reflected in the symbiote that is linked to him; Carnage’s playfulness, wit and strangeness, you just can’t pin him down. Fighting Carnage would be like trying to have a fight with an octopus basically.” Serkis and his team worked with a group of dancers and actors on a performance-capture stage to test and build out Carnage’s movements.

The film was originally intended to be released in North America on October 2, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film’s release date was originally pushed to June 25, 2021. It’s been pushed again to September 21, 2021 – and hopefully we’ll have the pandemic sufficiently under control by then to allow its theatrical release. With the current spike in infections among the uninnoculated, that seems like a precarious proposition.

Watch this space.

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