Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE is just a 90-minute blast of action and mayhem that culminates in an epic battle between the film’s hero and villain.
As you can see from Inverse’s review, there’s a lot to like about the Venom sequel. However, there is a lot to discuss, particularly when it comes to the final scenes.
While we’re still reeling from the post-credits scene, there’s one scene in Venom 2‘s conclusion that teases what we might see in a third Venom film. The ending of Let There Be Carnage and the new potential hero (or villain) it introduces are broken down below.
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Ending Explained
After a brief break-up, Eddie Brock and Venom reunite to take down the villain Cletus Kasady aka Carnage in Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Woody Harrelson).
Cletus and Frances Barrison, aka Shriek (Naomie Harris), go to a cathedral to host their own “red wedding” after Cletus saves his long-time love, Frances Barrison, aka Shriek (Naomie Harris), from imprisonment. To lure Venom to their location, they bring along some extra witnesses, San Francisco detective Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham) and Eddie’s ex-girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams).
Shriek wants vengeance on Mulligan for shooting her in the eye, as seen in the movie’s opening flashback. Cletus seeks vengeance on Eddie for betraying his trust and hastening his execution. Meanwhile, Carnage plans to assassinate his father, Venom.
The battle begins when Eddie and Venom arrive, as the two fight Cletus/Carnage. Shriek becomes a hindrance to Carnage because the symbiotes are sensitive to sound, and one of Shriek’s abilities is to shriek violently. Carnage and his host Cletus become estranged as a result of this, as Cletus loves Shriek and does not want her to be hurt. Carnage attacks her in the middle of the fight.
This is when Eddie and Venom realize that Cletus and Carnage are not formed a bond, and that Carnage will be extremely easy to vanquish than they thought. Eddie and Venom defeat Cletus and Carnage with the help of Anne and her fiancé, Dan (Reid Scott).
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Review
The plot is subordinate in this second underwhelming film starring Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock-turned-alien Venom. Unlike the first instalment, there are a few attempts at comedy, but even Hardy (recognized as co-writer) doesn’t seem excited enough to crack a smile. He has an unshaven, unclean, almost distant appearance, which does not bode well for a film that asks us to make room for it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Harris is completely wasted as Kasady’s unlucky girlfriend, who spent an entire film of been locked up or told to go away. Williams’ performance as Brock’s ex-girlfriend Anne brightens the film for a few minutes, but there is no chemistry between Brock and her — not as if the film desires to go over there. However, for a few brief moments, Venom inhabits Anne’s body, and you are perplexed. What if that is the path to redeeming this shambles of a film that clearly has some suggestions about Church, fathers, second chances, and, God bless it, another sequel?
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Will Patrick Mulligan Be In Venom 3?
Patrick Mulligan will almost certainly appear in Venom 3 Let There Be Carnage persisted in Mulligan’s shining eyes at the end, implying that he’ll be back, but not in the same way.
Will Mulligan, on the other hand, be a friend or a foe? It’s more difficult to say. When compared to his appearance in the comics, Venom is far more of a hero than an anti-hero in the film series. In the sequel, Eddie Brock and Mulligan had a tumultuous relationship, but they were on the same team. As a result, it’s likely that the third film will maintain the same dynamic.
Venom 3 may, however, defy expectations by turning Mulligan/Toxin into a villain who would be an outstanding foil for Eddie/Venom. It would be a waste of time if these living person pairs did not engage in combat.
We’ll have had to stand in line and see what happens. After all, the multiverse appears to be the next important hit on Eddie and Venom’s minds.
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE – Comics Explain What Happens to Patrick Mulligan
Carnage is beaten back in the Venom sequel, but it isn’t completely dead. Carnage left a piece of itself in detective Patrick Mulligan during the final battle. Mulligan is last seen lying on the cathedral rafters, his eyes glowing a brilliant blue.
In the Marvel Universe, Patrick Mulligan also takes on the identity of Toxin, the third most powerful symbiote. Toxin is a descendant of Carnage, who first appeared in the Venom vs. Carnage series in 2004.
In that series, after Carnage gives birth to Toxin, the newborn symbiote replaces itself in Mulligan, much like in the film. In the comics, however, Carnage does not die and instead teams up with Venom to defeat Toxin. Knowing how powerful Toxin might become in moment, Venom and Carnage were worried that Mulligan’s position as a police would start making Toxin a hero, not a bad guy. He could pose a serious threat to the symbiote villains. Venom and Carnage ultimately fail to defeat Toxin, who grows into a powerful hero in his own right.
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