The sequel begins more or less where the previous movie left off. Eddie Brock, after fighting a heroic fight to the death with aliens, lives in a difficult relationship with Venom and tries to restart his career by hiding the alien connected with him from the FBI. He doesn't do very well, until one day he finds a journalistic goldfish.
The film does not explain very well why Eddie was summoned to the presence of Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), a serial killer imprisoned for a quarter of a century, but this is basically irrelevant. Importantly, Brock (with a lot of help from Venom) found himself on the trail of the victims of this degenerate as part of the prologue and found himself at the top again.
Trailers of the movie "Venom 2: Let there be Carnage", as usual, revealed too much.
I've been trying not to watch the trailers at all lately, especially those from Sony, because most often you can quite accurately guess what the development of events will be from them - and so it was this time. The first half of the film was a point-by-point ticking off of the following scenes from the script that was drawn to my mind after seeing the first promotional material.
The action of the film begins for good only when Cletus Kasady, as a result of finding the bodies of people murdered by him, is sentenced to death and ... does not die (as we saw in the trailer). After the psychopath bit Eddie Brock's hand (which was also in the trailer), a symbiote that was a descendant of Venom, namely Carnage (our old comic friend), appeared in his body.
This allowed Cletus Kasady to escape the Grim Reaper, and as Carnage, he decided to wreak havoc to find his beloved.
And that was a nice change - I expected Cletus' motivations to be much more down-to-earth and related to evil and vice, and here you are! Kasady had missed his soul mate all these years. Unfortunately, the relationship between a certain Shriek and the antagonist of Venom lacked depth - and the motive that they are two people who remember each other from the orphanage is also not overly sophisticated ...
It's so frustrating that I have the impression that these characters could be handled much better, but unfortunately the duration of "Venom 2: Carnage" is well under two hours (1:37). It is not enough, even taking into account the fact that the viewers did not have to be introduced to the main characters, and the ending was such a headache - on the other hand, maybe it was thanks to this that the film in such an "old" style did not tire me and tire me out.
Tom Hardy and Venom were separated for a while
The obligatory dispute between the hero and his best friend took a long time in "Venom 2".
Eddie and Venom are arguing all the time - mainly whether you can eat bad people's brains or not. The symbiote about the temperament of a ragged teenager absorbs a ton of chocolate, which is the only one (apart from brains) that contains a chemical compound necessary for survival, called-which-I-could-not-remember (because he refuses to eat chickens; their brains are small and besides, they have names. And feelings).
At one point in the movie, as befits a bromance, Venom separates from Eddie, demolishing his apartment in the process, and then runs off into the blue. However, the separation does not last long - the characters have to understand their mistakes and come to terms with each other in order to face the opponent they are actually responsible for creating ... In a word: nothing that we would not see in the cinema hundreds of times.
"Venom 2: Carnage" is another painting, after "Venom", pulled alive from the 90s.
If only Andy Serkis and Tom Hardy would go back in time and show their both productions to viewers in the last millennium, then comic book fans of that time would probably get spasms of happiness, but time in Hollywood is relentlessly passing. More than a decade of MCU production has spoiled viewers who expect today something more than just mindless threshing and humorous humor.
However, I will not be surprised if, despite these shortcomings, "Venom 2: Carnage" will sell well - after all, it is not without reason that "the best songs are the ones we already know well", and the new Sony film based on Marvel comics is only and such solid craftsmanship. I hope, however, for this "something more" with Venom and Tom Hardy and it is possible that ... I will see it soon.
During my "Venom 2" screening, two short video clips were shown in front of the film itself, in which Andy Serkis and Tom Hardy, in turn, asked very much not to spoil the ending for other viewers - including the post-credits scenes (and in fact, during the credits). After watching it, I am not surprised at all, because it has huge implications not only for the possible "Venom 3", but also for ... the MCU.
In that scene, Eddie and Venom are on vacation s, and the symbiote decided to tell its host a little bit about its journey to Earth and what it saw along the way. At this point, however, something has changed, and as viewers we can only presume that Brock and his companion went not so much to another hotel room, but to ... Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the post-credits scene in "Venom 2: Carnage", not only the scenery, but also the whole atmosphere of the shot changed.
It looked as if someone had applied a completely different filter to the image - because like "Venom" and "Venom 2" are much darker and more dirty, the scene after the credits was, unlike the rest of the movie, bright and… clean. As if that were not enough, Eddie and Venom took a look at the TV, where they saw J. Jonah Jameson expose Peter Parker with the face of Tom Holland as Spider-Man!
Does this mean that Venom will appear in "Spider-Man: No Way Home" alongside not only Doctor Strange, but also Elektro, Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Lizard, as well as two other Spider-Man from Sony, i.e. Peter Parker as interpreted by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? It is hard to believe, because it is just about to happen! I can't wait to see if it's true or not.