Venom Let There Be Carnage

Marvel Comics Writer Calls Out Venom 2’s Symbiote Depiction

Everything from its PG-13 rating to its scant, 97-minute runtime has been under scrutiny leading up to Venom 2's debut on October 1.

With Venom: Let There Be Carnage on the verge of release next week, everything from its PG-13 rating to its scant, 97-minute runtime has been under scrutiny leading up to the film’s debut on October 1. Another point of criticism for the film comes from its handling of the extended lore of the source material comics, from none other than a bona fide Venom comics writer, Donny Cates.

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Sharing a clip of the film on Twitter, in which Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock asserts his symbiote alter-ego was an outcast whose friends “kicked you off the planet Ming-Mar,” Cates corrects the line of dialogue: “That not how you pronounce Klyntar but that’s okay.”

Cates goes on to say that the alien symbiotes, of which Venom is one, don’t actually have a home planet, but instead, Klyntar is actually their word for “cage.”

In the comics lore, there is a location called Klyntar, but it is an artificial planet and the moniker also became what the alien species came to call themselves, according to Marvel Fandom.

It’s unclear to what extent the film will actually re-write the Venom lore, if at all, or if the Eddie Brock character was, in fact, mocking the name Klyntar by calling it “Ming-Mar,” as the cryptic clip leaves much to interpretation.

The plot centers around the Eddie Brock character, played by Hardy, attempting to reinvigorate his journalism career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson. But Kasady soon becomes a host of a deadly symbiote of his own, Carnage. Brock and his symbiote alter-ego Venom must do everything they can to stop the rampaging menace. The film co-stars Michelle Williams as Brock’s ex, Anne Weying and is a sequel to the 2018 box office hit, Venom.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage comes to theaters on October 1.


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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'