After months of teasers and rumours, Venom has finally hit UK cinemas, albeit to some decidedly mixed reviews.
Like many other modern superhero movies, there is a post-credit scene to give the audience something to chew on while the await the inevitable sequel.
And *SPOILER ALERT* this post-credits sequence did not disappoint, giving comic book fans a glimpse of Woody Harrelson playing sinister super villain Carnage, aka Cletus Kasady.
Much like Eddie Brock himself, Kasady’s body was invaded by an alien symbiote. However, even when he was an ‘ordinary’ human he was still a dark and frightening character.
Before his symbiotic transformation, Kasady was a disturbed serial killer, who merged with Venom’s offspring Carnage during a prison breakout.
According to Marvel, Kasady has a much different relationship with his symbiote than divided Brock:
The symbiote amplified his psychotic nature making him even less mentally stable than he had been previously, and therefore even more dangerous.
An interesting note is that, unlike Venom, Carnage is a singular entity, referring to himself as “I” instead of “We”, because the symbiote has actually merged into Kasady’s bloodstream.
The post-credits scene in question truly sets the scene for the violent, destructive Kasady. A leather clad Brock can be seen biking up to a maximum security prison in San Quentin, preparing to visit a high security inmate.
There are Hannibal Lector vibes all round as Brock arrives at the prison, coming face to face with a red-headed Woody Harrelson in a straitjacket. It is clear even in this brief scene that this is no ordinary prisoner.
With a satisfying creepiness, Kasady can be heard warning Brock:
When I get out of here – and I will – there’s going to be carnage.
Despite their shared experiences of hosting an alien life force within their respective bodies, it is looking highly unlikely these characters will become best buds any time soon. While Brock tries to use his powers for good, Kasady has no desire whatsoever to change his murderous ways.
“Venom post-credit scene sets up Woody Harrelson as Carnage”
— 🔥🎃 HELLegia 🎃🔥 (@ELEGlA_) October 3, 2018
Venom was actually lots of fun, Cant wait for Carnage to appear, Woody Harrelson is the perfect choice 👏
— Christopher Galazka (@ChrisG_TSU) October 3, 2018
My first reaction to Woody Harrelson as Carnage was a wince. Then I thought about it more & while he doesn't really fit the idea of Carnage, he could pull off Cletus pretty convincingly. Slap some CGI on him & the symbiote voice changer & sure, it works.
— Pʜᴏᴇɴɪx 🔥 (@greymalkin117) October 2, 2018
…wait…wait…Woody Harrelson is in VENOM and is playing CARNAGE? What…what the shit?
— An American Werewolf In Louisiana (@neokefka_99) October 2, 2018
‘Do you want to know what…me being a serial killer is like? Do you want to know…the Carnage?’ – Woody Harrelson, Venom (2018)
— TatePuft Venom (@tategerber) October 2, 2018
With his cool blue eyes and trademark southern twang, Harrelson is known for giving distinctive performances while grappling with some pretty heavy topics, from dystopian alcoholism to nihilistic murder investigations.
His performance as serial killer Mickey Knox in controversial black comedy Natural Born Killers (1994) remains notably chilling.
Harrelson would have no problem playing a character who – according to Marvel lore – murdered his own grandmother in his youth.
Those who have watched the post-credits scene have offered a wealth of opinions on the casting choice, with many approving of the choice of Academy Award nominated Harrelson.
One person tweeted:
Venom was actually lots of fun, Cant wait for Carnage to appear, Woody Harrelson is the perfect choice.
Carnage is a psychopathic unemotional killer. Woody Harrelson is perfect for that role.
Seeing Woody Harrelson as Carnage would be pretty sweet though
— ©ody (@DudesofCinema) October 2, 2018
— Sid Sosa (@SigmaSid6) October 3, 2018
Carnage has to played right! It's a must. I wanna see a heath ledger's joker type performance.
— Ben of LDN #NoLiesWereTold 🤞🤞🏽🤞🏿 (@BigBenOfLDN) October 3, 2018
sorry I'm sensitive with this. Add on that Woody Harrelson is playing Carnage….I want Natural Born Killers Harrelson. Venom is terrifying. Carnegie a living fucking nightmare. It's Venom attached to a Pyschopath. I just want the characters as adult as possible it's never done
— Sam (@Samiam3187) October 1, 2018
Do you think Harrelson was a good choice for this role?
Venom is now in UK cinemas, as of October 3, 2018.
If you have a story you want to tell send it to UNILAD via [email protected]
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.