With no Avengers or team-up superhero project hitting theaters this year, Venom 2 has risen to the top of some’s most anticipated films list. While critics and audiences were divided about the original film (29% rating from critics, but 80% audience rating on RottenTomatoes), the latter group was largely satisfied by it, as it offered a fresh take on the Venom character with effective comedic elements. With new director Andy Serkis on board along with stars Woody Harrelson and Naomi Harris, Venom 2 looks to significantly improve on its predecessor and win both fans and critics over.
Venom 2 is currently filming, with set photos leaking out revealing interesting tidbits about the project. A series of photos released by JustJared display Eddie Brock (star Tom Hardy) getting saved by another figure, who based on the green-screen backdrop, is likely a symbiote. While there are rumors that this could be another character, it could also be his own symbiote breaking away from Brock to save the day.
I am intrigued to see how all of the new elements being introduced in Venom 2 will change what the original project did well. Venom worked because it was self-contained, offering a fun dynamic between Brock and his symbiote that felt like a genuine bromance. With the villainous Carnage and his assistant Shriek coming into play, the film could opt to have a more serious tone, addressing some of the grips critics had with the original.
Ultimately, I trust whatever Tom Hardy thinks is best for the project, as he’s a high-caliber actor who rarely submits a performance that is lacking in effort and entertainment value. Now that he’s working with a director in Serkis who he’s on good terms with (Venom director Ruben Fleischer was removed from the sequel due to production issues from the first project).
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