‘Venom’ Sequel Will Have Lots Of “Carnage”–But PG-13 Rating

by Thomas Tuna

Looks like “parental guidance” will be enough for horror fans to catch Venom: Let There Be Carnage next month.

The MPA this week slapped the much-anticipated Sony Pictures Venom follow-up with a PG-13 rating, according to comicbook.com, which may come as a small surprise to those fans hoping the “carnage” would reach R-rated levels.

But not to worry. The reasoning behind the milder rating was that the film contains “intense sequences of violence and action, some strong language, disturbing materials and suggestive references.” That should satisfy most moviegoers.

By comparison, the original 2018 Venom also was rated PG-13, but for “intense sequences of sci-if violence and action, and for language.” Looks like we’re splitting hairs here.

By the way, the recent rumors that had the Venom sequel’s release date bumped back to next year have proven to be groundless. The film is still slated to land in theaters Oct. 15.

The sequel, according to director Andy Serkis, will show Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his symbiote Venom in an “Odd Couple stage of their relationship. They’re figuring out how to be with each other. It’s like living with this maniac toddler. Eddie is really struggling–he can’t concentrate.”

The film–helmed by Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel–also stars Woody Harrelson as serial killer Cletus Kasady/Carnage, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison/Shriek, Reid Scott as Dan Lewis and Stephen Graham as Det. Mulligan.

The Marvel Comics character of Venom first appeared as a living alien costume back in The Amazing SpiderMan No252 (1984), and had a full-blown role in issue No. 300 (1988) of the same title.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on VenomLet There Be Carnage.

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