Venom: let there be carnage, a hunger for more

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Venom: let there be carnage, a sci-fi movie about one of Marvel's villains, starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, is now on HBO.


Venom: let there be carnage, with a hunger for more on HBO

Comic book fans are well aware that the first host of the Venom symbiote was not  Eddie Brock but Peter Parker, or rather Spider-Man. But they are also aware that the Marvel universes where the lines of the comics are not followed exactly. However, in Venom: let there be carnage, the newest Spider-Man, namely Tom Holland, makes a small appearance in which it is suggested that Eddie Brock —Venom— will meet Parker in a future film. This leaves open the possibility of having the two Toms together: Tom Holland and Tom Hardy. It is worth saying that in the comic, Brock and Parker are enemies, as Parker was the reason why Eddie Brock had his career as a journalist and his life in general ruined. Brock, as it happens in the comics, is Venom’s second host.

Tom Hardy is one of those actors who sounds like a lot among the people. He is a very good-looking guy, muscular, and owner of an enigmatic and magnetic personality. It could be said that he is a Hollywood 's tough guy who has been characterised by working in roles that require physical presence that have a particular touch or a higher level of acting demand. He did so, not just with a Hollywood director, but with the original Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn in Bronson (2008), a film that tells the life of British criminal Michael Gordon Peterson, an extremely violent man who used the name of the actor Charles Bronson as a boxer’s pseudonym. Although Hardy had been making a good number of quality films, Hollywood took full attention to him thanks to his brief, elegant, and at the same time, rough performance in Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010). From there, he would jump to a very powerful villain, Bane, in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), to his two dark, unique and violent characters in series Taboo (2017) and Peaky Blinders (2017-2022), to replacing the toughest Mel Gibson as the mythical road warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road, and most recently to embodying Al Capone in the film Capone (2020).

In the world in which the two Venom films run, Brock would seem to be the first guest, but what holds up in Venom: Carnage Unleashed is Carnage's origin. One of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe was born a piece of Venom that passed from Eddie Brock to serial killer Cletus Kasidy when the two were in a prison cell together. Quite rightly, who plays Cletus Kasidy is Woody Harrelson, who, it should be noted, had already been a deranged killer a few decades ago.

We are talking about Mickey Knox, the twisted protagonist of Natural Born Killers (1994), the Oliver Stone film that caused sensation and controversy at the time. Mickey Knox's journey with his girlfriend Mallory (Juliette Lewis), through the Highway and byways of the United States, turned out to be a carnage loaded with a very dynamic aesthetic, videoclip style, and a lot of great pop music. Harrelson 's role as the psychopathic Mickey Knox was truly memorable and remained as one of the best in his career and also as one of the most representative of the mad killer in the cinema of our days. So, his choice for this role nor much less his mastery in acting is not surprising. In fact, there is no shortage of similarities between Venom: Let there be carnage and Stone’s film, as Cletus Kasady also has a delusional girlfriend: Shriek, played by Naomie Harris, an actress who excelled as the witch Delma in The pirates of Caribbean films and who has been the Moneypenny assistant in several James Bones. Shriek is a deranged girl who has the ability to fire lethal waves of sound at her enemies, becoming the villainous sidekick of Kasady and, of course, Carnage, the red symbiote who possessed powers greater than Venom, in the process.

Also on the romantic side, Brock 's ex returns, now estranged from him, but still involved in the maelstrom of the story. The role is played by one of the most discreet and most important actresses in Hollywood at the time: Michelle Williams. The actress had been reaping excellent reviews, nominations and awards in films such as Brokeback Mountain (2005), Blue Valentine (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Fosse/Verdon (2019) .

Finally, in the direction of this second instalment is Andy Serkis, who has a large career as an actor where roles and voices related to the comic book universe predominate. He was Alfred in the recent instalment of The Batman (2022) and has lent his voice for the podcast of The Sandman (2020-2021), Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel, for Marvel’s animated alternate stories, What If...? (2021), and the animated series of Star Wars. With prior knowledge from comics, Serkis demonstrates in Venom: Let there be carnage that he can put himself at the head of Marvel production with his due effort at the box office.

Venom: let there be carnage, the predator of villains… Don’t miss it in May, on HBO! 

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