Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer Leans Into Odd Couple Gimmick
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer Leans Into Odd Couple Gimmick; Oh, And Carnage Too

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BY May 10, 2021

For a movie that many were expecting to be a trainwreck, Venom surprised audiences far and wide. So it’s only natural that the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer is just as surprising, in the best possible way. The sequel trailer leans into all the unexpected elements from the first film that made it enjoyable. Sure, there’s the actual story beats of the movie, which are all dramatic and serious, and comic storyline based. But honestly, it takes a back seat to the hilarious comedy elements between the main character(s). 

How Venom Surprised The Heck Out Of Audiences

Venom Let There Be Carnage trailer Venom. Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment.

When the announcement came of an independent Venom movie, everyone was taken aback. Especially, because the story would have nothing to do with Spider-Man, given that it’s a Sony Pictures production. Spidey was, and still is, playing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so him crossing over into Sony’s Spider-Man universe was unlikely. Or, maybe so, depending on the rumours. But Venom is a comic book character whose power comes from being literally attached to Spider-Man. So how would they do it? Well, when the Venom movie came out, we realized that the connection to Spider-Man could easily be removed by reducing the Spider-Man-like powers Venom exhibits. 

But what made the movie truly great, was this combination of body snatching, odd-couple, and fish out of water dynamics between the lead character. In the comics, when Eddie Brock gets the Symbiote attached to him, he takes on a different personality. The movie, however, had the Symbiote, with its own unique personality, along with Brock’s, share Brock’s body. The result was hilarious hijinks with Brock having to control the Symbiote’s murderous and people-eating tendencies. It was a buddy comedy, with both buddies in the same body. 

Not Surprising That Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer Is All About That

Venom Let There Be Carnage trailer Harrelson. Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment.

While the original Venom may not have been intentionally trying to go full ridiculous into comedy mode, the sequel totally is. Clearly, the makers have latched onto the best part about the first movie, and are absolutely going for it in the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer. The trailer opens with a sense of just how Eddie (Tom Hardy) and the Symbiote are adjusting to one another’s everyday lives. The opening scene is probably one of the funniest sequences of this year, and the trailer ends with a comedic button as well.

The dynamic between the two seems to have progressed to just roommates, but one where the obnoxious sloppy one is an alien creature living in the other’s body. Honestly, I would be happy with just these two going on everyday adventures like opening a savings account. Or imagine the two at an Ikea, debating over which wood finish would better suit the decor of their living room! We might just have settle for potential SNL sketches of these though. So call me, Lorne Michaels!

The Rest Of The Trailer Is Generic Comic Book Dramaticism

Venom Let There Be Carnage trailer Carnage. Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The middle of the trailer, featuring the actual story that the sequel is about, is less exciting than the beginning and end. Because that’s where we have to go back to the serious and action-packed story of this sequel. The post-credit scene of Venom set up the addition of Carnage in the sequel, played by Woody Harrelson. The sequel trailer definitely gives Harrelson a wig-upgrade when it comes to the comic book character’s hair. But other than that, everything else is pretty generic. 

The serious bits of the trailer features a voice-over by Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, who does the usual creepy psycho-killer routine of how Brock and he share a connection. Obviously referring to the Carnage Symbiote inside of him. Scheduled for execution, it seems to trigger the Symbiote, transforming Kasady into the comic book villain, Carnage. There’s a lot of action bits here, while the reveal of Carnage himself feels lackluster. 

When finally shown, Carnage’s suit looks very dark, and the bits of red are very subtle. For non-comic book audiences, the differences between Venom and Carnage are so negligible, that audiences might not even realize that this is a different character. Which was absolutely the case in my household with my kids and wife. Hopefully, the characters in the same frame will create more visual separation between the two. Otherwise, we’ll be in a Transformer’s situation where it’s just CGI renders blurring together on screen. 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Needs To Go Full Deadpool

In many ways, The Venom franchise looks like it’s going where Deadpool went. Silly, outrageous, hilarious, and downright ridiculous, in a good way. But the stark contrast in the tone of the trailer itself concerns me that it won’t stick that landing. The franchise needs to lean into its more comedic elements and the spectacle of its story, rather than trying to ground itself in realism or being a dramatic thriller. Which is how the second part of the trailer feels. Given that Andy Serkis is the director of Venom 2, hopefully the two tones will blend seamlessly together. 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage releases in theatres only (for now) on September 24. 

Featured image Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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