Movie review ‘Venom: Let there be Carnage’ (2021)

  • Director: Andy Serkis
  • With: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams
  • Studio: Sony Entertainment
  • Based upon the Marvel comics
  • Soundtrack: Marco Beltrami
  • Duration: 97 minutes (1h37min)
  • My rating: 7,5/10
  • Mid- or Post-credit scene: yes

Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to his new life as the host of the alien symbiote Venom, which grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution.

Venom duology

The first Venom movie (2018) was one of those gems that, for me, felt like al almost perfect Marvel superhero (antihero in this case) movie! So when in the post-credit scene of that movie Cletus Kassady appeared and a second Venom movie was announced wíth Carnage as the main villain, I was overjoyed… (I love the symbiots in the Marvel lore)

So I bought Venom: let there be Carnage (via and watched it last night…

First things first: it is a fun and funny movie, with Hardy back as Venom. He’s a great actor, in my top 5 of best (and sexiest) actors out there, to be honest! And Harrelson as Kassady/Carnage is so fun to watch, his devilish ways are a great counter to Hardy! There’s even a first mention of a Mutant in a non-Fox movie, starting to bring all franchises, scattered over different movie studios, in one big universe! (Make sure you stay for the mid-credit scene! It might surprise you!)

The Marvel comic

But the movie has its flaws as well… the first part of the movie is practically actionless and is all about the struggle between Eddie and Venom. This was a necessary part of the movie but it felt too long in a short movie (only 1h37minutes) so they should have balanced that out better… this makes for a bit of a rushed movie, as well, because once the action really starts, it’s already over!

Don’t get me wrong, I liked this movie very much but I just expected more Carnage, I guess!

Still, Venom is a real treat for fans of its genre, it’s a funny movie (the childish Venom against the down-to-earth Eddie makes for really funny conversations)

As far as I’m concerned, this may become a huge franchise, only balancing out better is advised!

Next on my list: Spider-Man: No way home (when it arrives on blu-ray) and I’m also looking forward to Morbius, another antihero!

Sony in the MCU

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