The Venom movie made by Sony Pictures is out in theaters, and by the sound of it, there's a lot of cinema-goers lapping up the tongue-lashing antihero. Starring Tom Hardy, the "Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man" seems to be doing just fine.
One of the main hurdles the movie had to overcome is the fact that it couldn't use Venom's true archnemesis, Peter Parker. Due to the (excellent) collaboration between Sony and Marvel Studios that brought Spidey into the MCU, he couldn't appear in the first of these Spidey-adjacent movies.
If web-head couldn't show up, many fans expected Sony to bring Venom's second biggest frenemy into the fold — Carnage, aka Kletus Casaday. This turned out not to be the case, and today we know why.
**WARNING: Spoilers for Venom will follow. If you haven't seen it (or don't want to know anything about it), then lash that tongue and take the first available symbiote express out of here.**
The real thorn in Eddie "Venom" Brock's tongue in this film turned out to be Dr. Carlton Drake, played by Rogue One and Four Lions star Riz Ahmed. He's a symbiote enthusiast and he's gotta catch 'em all — he spends most of the film trying to get to Brock, before he gets his mitts on a symbiote of his very own and turns into a version of the Marvel character Riot.
The mid-credits scene of the film did give audiences some Carnage, however, as none other than Woody Harrelson appeared as Kletus Casaday. But many wondered why Casaday, the man who would be Carnage, wasn't the main antagonist from the start — Collider recently spoke with the film's director, Ruben Fleischer, about that decision.
“We felt strongly that the first movie needed a place to build to, and that by… Carnage is the character I think fans, and everyone wants to see the most, in the Venomworld, but we didn’t want to spoil it on the first movie," Fleischer said. He goes on to add this film is all about "Eddie and Venom" and establiahing that dynamic. He wanted to give them a place to go, and says, "choosing their most formidable adversary felt like a great, natural sequel.”
So there you have it — the Carnage may be minimal in Venom, but we'd bet all the symbiotes in Riz Ahmed's apartment that the fan-favorite character will be a major part of the inevitable Venom 2. You don't just cast Woody Harrelson for a mid-credits scene, after all.
Are you ready for some Carnage? Are you happy with Harrelson playing the part? Spew some venom in the comments.