Without giving too much away, let me be clear about what Venom: Let There Be Carnage is mainly about — the difficulties and development of Eddie and Venom’s relationship. While the movie had its fair share of action and suspense, the main narrative revolved around how Eddie Brock and Venom came to terms with their relationship to one another and what compromise looks like in this very unorthodox and equally extraordinary union.
Quarrels, just like IRL
One of the most iconic scenes in this film is the interpersonal quarrel between Brock and Venom that takes place in their apartment. Director and former Black Panther actor, Andy Serkis points to the central theme of Eddie and Venom’s love affair and breaks down the fight scene by explaining that similar to many domestic squabbles, we see Eddie and Venom struggling to no end with the idea of compromise and forfeiting their stubbornness in exchange for symbiotic harmony — eventually leading to their “break-up.”
Both of them fail to see the struggle of the other and invalidate each other’s feelings until the absolute boiling point. We get to see all the typical go-to toxic couple fight tactics — name calling, getting in each other’s faces, and of course, throwing the other person’s belongings out of the window without care and with full spite.
Venom coming out
In an interview with Uproxx, Serkis spoke about the sequel’s rave scene, which shows Venom, recently detached from Eddie Brock, attending a costume party (inhabiting a different human host). The director said the original idea was to have the anti-hero attend a “carnival of the damned,” but Hardy and co-writer Kelly Marcel “were always about Venom coming out and going to a party that was a very sort of an LGBTQIA kind of festival, really, I’d call it, and so this is his coming out party basically. This is Venom’s coming-out party.”
Eddie Brock and Venom being in a relationship isn’t necessarily new. Venom’s own comic series featured a story arc where the two became parents and at one point engaged in a rather — intimate encounter. The film hasn’t explicitly developed that relationship for the two yet, but at least we’re getting some semblance of a coming out party.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is just one of the few movies we recommend catching this month.
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