Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom: Let There Be Carnage ★★★

I think I've applied more critical thought to Venom: There Will Be Carnage than any other film this year.

It feels like wasted time to speculate on whether Venom: There Will Be Carnage matters or not. It's a funny, charming and mercifully quick comic book film.

But when I think about what actually happened. What did the characters learn? How did they grow? What's different about the world the inhabit besides a body count?

Absolutely shite-all.

It's fine to just throw action sequences and jokes at us when you have a one-off standalone film - but when you're building a world for the characters to inhabit long-term, something has to feel different at the end.

I mean that besides a post-credits WUH-OH dimension hop. I feel so daft talking about Venom: There Will Be Carnage this way.

Carnage himself reminded me of Bane in Batman & Robin. A fairly interesting character reduced to a boring brute. Again, had he not existed - the world wouldn't have been much different.

Same with Eddie's relationship with his girlfriend, Venom - anything really.

It feels like a film designed for people who were really into Spawn when they were 18 (like me) and say they want to 'fuck the world with no rubber' (Not me, I'm a firm believer in No Glove No Love).

Still, it was all packed into 90 minutes or so and for that I'm grateful. It sounds like I was really down on Venom: There Will Be Carnage but I genuinely enjoyed it as it flashed up into my eyeballs and my brain processed it all.

When Venom shows up and smacks Spider-Man around in 2026 or something I'll do a little cheer and flat out refuse to leave the cinema.