There are monsters under your bed. We’ve heard it time and again. But what if the monster lives inside you, wrecks your apartment when it’s mad, and is also your best friend? It is a strange situation, to be sure, and it is the world Eddie Brock and Venom find themselves in, having settled into their symbiotic relationship in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Plot Summary
It is clear from the get-go that, like any symbiote, the issue Brock and Venom face is balance. Venom wants to kill and eat the heads of bad guys. Instead, Brock gets him chocolate and chicken. Brock is invited by serial killers for prison confessions and jeers, while Venom can see all the clues for what they are and lead Brock to journalistic victories. The lack of balance continues to threaten their relationship, innocence before the law, and Brock’s apartment.
It is no surprise to us when the balance implodes halfway through and Venom and Eddie separate. The fight is childish and hurtful, both exploding and attacking the other the only way they know-how. It is interesting to see how even in their fights, it is still only with each other that they can be the most free.
As Eddie tastes life by himself again, Venom traipses around the city, looking for other hosts that can take him. But we know as we watch, there is a reason these two have found each other.
Played by Woody Harrelson, Cletus Kasady is a witty, psychotic, and cruel serial killer- a worthy enough villain for our protagonist duo. However, the duo itself gives him the weapon he needed to become a formidable foe- a symbiote of his own.
As Kasady waits in prison on death row, he invites Brock to come and witness his execution. But as Kasady insults Eddie, Venom loses control and attacks Kasady. When Kasady then bites Eddie’s hand, a portion of the symbiote enters him. As we find out, the symbiote in question is no good-natured if a spoilt, humorous, and entertaining character like Venom. The symbiote attached to Kasady is a mirror of the serial killer himself, and we meet Carnage.
Even Venom cannot bring up enough bluster against this villain. Lethal protector though he calls himself and Eddie, he would happily sit this one out against Carnage and Kasady. It is undoubtedly a surprise to Eddie and us, watching Venom shy away from a fight this way when he has been foaming at the mouth for murdering bad guys the whole movie.
The Ending Explained
As with any villain who fails, there is a fatal flaw to Kasady. And unfortunately for Kasady, his fatal flaw is a whole other person. A woman he loves. A woman he cannot let go of, and so ultimately, the woman who brings about his downfall. He uses his new symbiotic relationship to save his romantic one, Frances Barrison, aka Shriek.
The showdown takes place in a church where Kasady and Barrison are set to marry. The wedding is crashed, the bride and groom lay dead, and the symbiote has been devoured whole. Venom gets his wish, and we watch him eat a bad guy’s head.
Eddie’s ex-girlfriend, Anne, also flits through the film, bringing things together with her wisdom, her ability to melt Venom’s heart and see through Eddie’s lies. Even as she walks away from them at the end of the film to her fiance, we know that if there is a woman set to be Eddie’s downfall, it would be her. Perhaps it is just as well that she stays out of reach.
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Post Credits Scene
In the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, we are given a look into the future of Brock and Venom. As they lounge on a beach, both accepting the title of Lethal Protector, they are transported from one hotel room to another- it is clear to us that they have shifted realities in the multiverse.
To confirm our suspicions, their TV shows a news screen of J Jonah Jameson revealing Spiderman’s identity as Peter Parker, and we see Venom lay his eyes on Tom Holland’s Spiderman for the first time. It is an exciting setup, as we are now likely to see Venom poke his tongue into the MCU.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a 2021 Action Thriller film directed by Andy Serkis.