Kelly Marcel and Tom Hardy have been friends for two decades; the latter has a tattoo paying tribute to her. They first met in a London pub, at the beginning of their careers while trying to get a foot in the industry door. Today, here they collaborating on a blockbuster superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. What are the odds?
Marcel co-wrote the first installment with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, but she’s sharing the screenplay credit with Hardy this time; both have ascended to producer, as well. Having known each other for so long, it’s reasonable to expect Let There Be Carnage to be more cohesive in narrative, with 2018’s Venom often devolving into by-the-numbers storytelling for the comic book genre.
The Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey scribe has new Let There Be Carnage story details, revealing the plot will continue to see Eddie Brock and his symbiotic force to co-exist:
“Eddie and Venom have been living together, sharing one body, for a while now. They know each other inside and out, literally. Like any close-quarter living situation, their ticks and foibles are starting to wear a little thin on each other. They have been forced together through circumstances. This movie asks the question of whether there is a will to save the relationship, or to go their separate ways. Are they just cohorts through happenstance, or do they actually belong together?”
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The first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage provided “odd couple” comedy vibes, which nobody was expecting. More internal and external conflict is a guarantee from start to finish, and fans can’t wait to see Hardy acting opposite himself again as he showcases both Eddie’s turmoil and the insatiably hungry alien parasite that dwells within.