The Venom-verse continues. It is nothing new that the action film with Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, host of the alien symbiote Venom is named after – 35% was poorly received by critics. Whether it was because of its unoriginal development or its reluctance to make it a gore extravaganza, the 2018 film left few impressed. For the first time, the actor talks about this response and why it mattered more to him if people were to see it in theaters.
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In an interview with Cinemablend, Tom hardy revealed that he is well aware that the first film did not get the desired response from critics. However, he believes that this was just an opportunity, because when he learned that the production was being a success at the box office, he decided to personally call one of the Sony executives to ask him for a second part with which he could put into practice what learned:
I think whatever you do you want to do well because it interests you. And obviously it wasn’t received … it didn’t get along with the critics. They literally beat us up. But the audiences were there, which was lovely. It was like watching a despised being lifted up and enjoyed and loved for what it was. We immediately got on the phone with Tom Rothman from Sony and said ‘look, we can do a presentation for a second part because we are very interested in taking what we learned from the first and start writing the second.’
Although the press may not have liked it, Venom – 35% ended up grossing US $ 856 million at the global box office, almost four times its budget. That obviously wasn’t a bad sign for the studio, which was hell-bent on capitalizing on the rights to Spider-Man and his satellite characters following their deal with Disney to lend themselves to that superhero. A second attempt could not be catastrophic.
That logic led to the green light for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The real surprise was when it was confirmed that it would be Andy Serkis who would be in charge of making it. The film focused on a single screenwriter, with Kelly macel, which was revised and modified by Hardy himself, giving him more control over the project. This, plus the security of working with the acclaimed actor and filmmaker, resulted in the sequel.
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In the second part, Brock will have to deal with another symbiote called Carnage, which takes over Cletus Kasady, a sinister serial killer. It will be the mission of the alien and his companion to stop him after his prison break. Fans have noted that the odd couple comic element will continue according to what we’ve seen in the previews and that it will be rated PG-13, to appeal to the widest possible audience.
Venom: Let there be Carnage will need, more than in 2018, the support of fans if they want to see a third installment. This is because the box office has not yet recovered from the impact of the pandemic and it will be very difficult to achieve a figure similar to that of its predecessor. Can Hardy’s fans save the saga? We’ll find out next week when the film hits theaters.
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