It's hard to imagine that in 2018, Venom looked like it would be a monstrous bomb. Poor reviews and bad trailers didn't instill confidence in skeptical moviegoers--nor did Tom Hardy telling journalists that the film had about 30 to 40 minutes hacked off at the last second.
But boy, were they wrong. Turns out, not only were people ready for an anti-hero who jumps in lobster tanks for no reason, they were horny for it.
$850 million and two years later, people are ready for a sequel, and Sony, desperate to keep that Spider-man money rolling in, wants to give it to them. And so, yesterday afternoon, Sony Pictures said, "Let there be Carnage." And it was…dunked on.
— Venom (@VenomMovie) April 21, 2020
Yup, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the title of the film, and it might be the perfect name for the titular character, considering Woody Harrelson's wig in the first film. Harrelson plays Cletus Kasady, the man who would be Carnage, who is basically a crazier version of Venom, which is kind of what they did in the first movie, but whatever. We got our first look at the character in the _Venom_'s post-credits scene, looking like Raggedy Anne in jailcell.
Many aren't too crazy about the name, either. Since its announcement yesterday, Let There Be Carnage has become the subject of much criticism and mockery online.
When Carnage Says “Let There Be Carnage” In VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE pic.twitter.com/bilfe2KJTj
— Stefano’s Golden Arm (@THE_Stefano_DLC) April 21, 2020
— Ronny Pugs ➐ (@RonnyPugs) April 21, 2020
— UrbanNoizeRmx (@UrbanNoize2) April 21, 2020
"Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage"
That's the name? pic.twitter.com/5BgRpUhkPY
— Saki (@MrBenibo) April 21, 2020
But still, maybe it's a good title?
the title VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE absolutely rips and should net the movie an automatic oscar
— karen han (@karenyhan) April 21, 2020
Everyone's dunking on the title VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE but I submit to you that this goofy-ass title may indicate that VENOM 2 knows exactly how ridiculous it oughtta be, and that the title is therefore good news.
— Scott Wampler: Day 43™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) April 21, 2020
Regardless of where you fall in the great "Let There Be Carnage" debate, the film has been pushed back until summer 2021, so you'll have plenty of time to make fun of it.