‘Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage’ generates mixed reactions from fans

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Venom hits the big screen for the second time in the sequel ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage.’

Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to Venom, hit the theaters on Oct. 1. Fans had high hopes for the sequel after a solid first movie and the film generated mixed reactions from fans. Some enjoyed the film and its humor, while others were underwhelmed.

The movie follows Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) who is still struggling to coexist with his shapeshifting extraterrestrial partner, Venom. When serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) becomes the host of another evil shape-shifting alien, Eddie and Venom must put aside their differences to defeat him. The story behind Cletus is well developed, but his character lacks the ability to make the audience understand where he is coming from, which Marvel has done well in the past. 

My favorite part about the movie is all the jokes between Venom and Eddie. I like how they added more of that to this movie than in the first because I feel those parts are the strongest parts.”

— Myles Reyes

The sequel did not disappoint in the fan-favorite feud between Eddie and Venom. The film shows the duo fight like a married couple, which creates hilarious moments throughout the movie. “My favorite part about the movie is all the jokes between Venom and Eddie. I like how they added more of that to this movie than in the first because I feel those parts are the strongest parts,” junior Myles Reyes said. 

Although the humor is infused well in the right places in the movie, one could argue it is overused. The humor is used as a filler to add more time. Nearly the entire movie is just useless dialogue between the symbiote and host. The dialogue is also sloppy,  conversations felt forced and didn’t add information. 

Fans were underwhelmed by the sequel. It seems like almost a direct copy of the first movie, where Venom goes up against an identical creature and has a giant brawl at the end. The movie’s plot is lacking and relies heavily on action-packed scenes to keep the audience intrigued. 

The after-credit scene was a big hit with fans. It shows Venom seeing Spiderman, another Superhero, on the TV and Venom calling him a bad guy. This leaves  fans excited and curious for what could come out of this unexpected pairing. “The after credit scene was my favorite part of the movie, and I can’t wait to see what could potentially happen between Spiderman and Venom,” sophomore Matthew Cortez said.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is currently sitting at a 60% Rotten Tomato score, a giant leap from the first movie’s 30% score. Also sitting at an 87% audience score compared to the first movie’s 81% audience, it is clear the sequel has been viewed as a step up from the first movie. Should the sequel produce the same or more money as the first Venom movie, which was $800 million, it is highly likely we could see a third Venom coming to theaters soon.