Venom: How Defying Expectations Was The Secret To Its Success

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is nearly here, and it is one of the most exciting films of the year. Yep. You heard me. And I promise I typed those words myself, without the mischievous intervention of a face-munching alien parasite.

My excitement for the return of Tom Hardy as both Eddie Brock – the most handsome investigative journalist in history – and his malevolent interloper isn’t even down to the changes being made this time around.

Certainly, the arrival of Andy Serkis as director is potentially fantastic, and Woody Harrelson appears to be devouring the scenery with raucous aplomb as the other titular symbiote, but my anticipation is mostly driven by the fact that the first Venom, released in 2018, was actually very good.

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The reaction to Venom on social media and in the critical fraternity seemed to be driven by expectations.

Devotees of the comic books see Venom as a cult anti-hero, whose comics represent the darker, edgier corner of Marvel. However, director Ruben Fleischer opted not to lean into the grime and grit, instead cranking up the dial on the character’s inherent silliness. It got weird.

How’s how that refreshing sweet spot was the secret to Venom’s success, something the sequel will push even further releasing Carnage.

Read the full piece for free in the October edition of The Lowdown.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is out in UK cinemas from 15th October.

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Tom Beasley

Tom Beasley

Contributing Writer

Tom is a freelance film and entertainment journalist. He loves horror movies, musicals and pro-wrestling... but not usually at the same time.