Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Venom Let There Be Carnage: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts

Between considering making the movie R-rated and originally being named after a Joy Division song, Let There Be Carnage could have been even wilder.


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Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

After the critically-hated but audience-loved first movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is another unashamedly ridiculous and unpretentious movie made for the fans. But as fun as the movie is, so much of it seems impractical, which has led to some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

The movie takes the outrageousness of its predecessor to another level, as it’s full of explosive action scenes and hilarious banter between Eddie and Venom. And though Let There Be Carnage is so wild, between considering making it R-rated and originally being named after a Joy Division song, it could have been even more shocking.

Tom Hardy Helped Write The Movie

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Let The Be Carnage was written by Kelly Marcel, who also wrote the first movie, but she had a little help. Surprisingly, Tom Hardy has a writing credit on Venom 2, even though the actor isn’t quite clear on why he has the credit in the first place. Hardy stated that “It just means that, uh, I’m not really sure as much.”

However, Hardy seems to be selling himself short. Though he didn’t technically write any of the screenplay or dialogue, he did help pitch the storyline of the movie when it was first in development. And it was Hardy who had a clear vision of where he wanted the series to go.

It Used Footage Of The Matrix 4 Filming

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

San Francisco is a striking city, and Let There Be Carnage makes ample use out of the unique way it looks. However, because the city is so stunning, loads of movies are based there, and there was another major blockbuster movie filming at the exact same time as the Venom sequel.

For the most part, as Matrix Resurrections’ production controlled almost the whole of the Downtown area, it hindered Venom 2’s production and the crew had to change locations for one of its major stunts. But there was also a benefit. The production of Matrix Resurrections had helicopters overhead, and according to location manager Christopher Kusiak, the helicopters in Let There Be Carnage are the ones that belong to the Matrix production.

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Carnage’s Movement Was Inspired By Scorpions

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

The movie might have been panned by critics, but one thing everyone can agree on is the impressive visuals when it comes to the fluid movement of both Venom and Carnage. According to Venom’s VFX supervisor, Sheena Duggal talks about the influence behind the way Carnage moves, and how the team looked to animals for inspiration.

When it comes to Carnage, they adopted the way scorpions move, specifically the way they move their tails behind their head when they’re about to strike their prey. That’s exactly what Carnage does in the movie in multiple scenes.

Spider-Man Was Almost In The Main Narrative

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Though it could be a while until it happens, Spider-Man and Venom meeting on-screen is inevitable. But according to Andy Serkis, the web-slinger was originally planned to feature in the Venom sequel to some capacity. But instead, the director decided that he wanted to “really examine the Venom-verse first.”

Working with Spider-Man is one of the ways the Venom series can continue. And it will likely happen soon, as, though nothing has been confirmed, the post-credits scene in Let There Be Carnage is proof enough that Sony is steering towards something big.

It Was Originally Titled After A Joy Division Song

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Let There Be Carnage has been in people’s heads for a long time now, and the name was announced long before production even started, but it wasn’t always going to have that title. As is the case with most movies part of a franchise, the studio, the writer, and the director were spitballing several tentative titles, but the one that came the closest is an unlikely choice.

Instead of being named something like Venom: Lethal Protector, the name of the comic book that features Venom’s first appearance, it was going to be named after a Joy Division song. According to Serkis, Venom: Love Will Tear Us Apart came close to being the official title.

Woody Harrelson Did Some Hefty Research For The Role

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Woody Harrelson has been extremely vocal about his role as Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage. Carnage is Venom’s most famous enemy, and he’s a fan favorite too, but Harrelson did the best he could to not think about that, because he thought it would have psyched him out.

What the actor did instead was focus his attention on what made the character so deranged in the first place. Harrelson dove into all of the Venom comic books to figure out, in his words, “what kind of nasty s*** happened in his childhood.”

Andy Serkis Could Have Voiced Carnage

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

Andy Serkis isn’t just a director, in fact, he’s best known for his acting work than he is for directing, as Serkis is in some great movies. The jack of all trades is the king of motion capture, as he has played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings series, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

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That’s exactly why Woody Harrelson wanted the director to voice Carnage when he was struggling to pin the alter ego voice down. The actor called his director “the master of voices,” and even though Carnage was full CGI, not motion capture, it’s easy to imagine Serkis in the role.

An R-Rating Was Considered

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

A select few Redditors think Venom should have been R-rated, as the character is so vicious and literally bites heads off people. However, the movie did a good enough job of portraying that without going into R territory. But for the sequel, according to Tom Hardy, the studio did actually consider not holding back and going R-rated.

The talk was probably prompted by the phenomenal success of Joker, which made over $1 billion with a budget of just $70 million. But Hardy said that they wanted to make a movie that catered to everybody, and in fairness, the end result is a hard PG-13, as Let There Be Carnage pushes the rating to its limit.

Harrelson Hated The Wig In His First Appearance

Venom Let There Be Carnage 10 BehindTheScenes Facts

In the post-credits scene of Venom, Cletus Kasady is first revealed and he’s as close to comic book-accurate as possible. That’s no more true than when it came to the character’s curly red hair. However, Woody Harrelson admits that he hated the wig in that scene and that he thought it was “a bit amateurish.”

Though that’s essentially a fact about the first movie, it is what led to the hairstyle that Cletus has in Let There Be Carnage, and Harrelson had the final say when it came to his character’s hair in the sequel. Unsurprisingly, his hairstyle in the sequel is cleaner and much less jarring.

Hardy Personally Chose Andy Serkis To Direct

As Ruben Fleischer, the director of Venom, was unable to return because of his commitment to Zombieland: Double Tap, it left the director’s chair wide open. But it hardly seemed like much of a problem, as Hardy had a specific creative in mind when it came to Fleischer’s replacement.

Hardy called Serkis on the phone totally out of the blue to ask him to direct the sequel. The choice makes perfect sense, as Serkis has been lowkey directing heavily CGI-laden movies for a while now, including Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and he was the second unit director on the Hobbit movies.

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