Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis has revealed that the film almost had a very different title – one that would have leant into Eddie and Venom’s relationship.
Speaking with Collider, Serkis admitted that, at one point, the Sony Pictures sequel was called Venom: Love Will Tear Us Apart. Venom 2’s alternate title is one that will be familiar to fans of the British rock band Joy Division as it actually shares the same name as one of the group’s classic 1980s tracks. However, Let There Be Carnage ultimately emerged as the frontrunner.
“We did think for a moment it might be called ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart,’ that was a going concern for a little while,” Serkis said, right after he confirmed that Venom: Lethal Protector wasn’t on the table. “But ‘Let There Be Carnage’ just seems to do it. There wasn’t a lot of fighting over the other titles we were thinking of. Because this was such a strong contender.”
Love Will Tear Us Apart not only humorously plays up the relationship between Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and his symbiote, it also applies to the reunion of Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady and his equally disturbed former flame, Naomie Harris’ Shriek. Though they eventually landed on Let There Be Carnage as the title, it wasn’t the only subject up for debate.
The mid-credits scene included in Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movies teases what quite possibly may be one of the most anticipated moments fans have been waiting for since we first knew Tom Hardy would become Venom. However, Serkis recently revealed that the scene was “100% in flux” and actually only came together later into the production.
All of the pieces came together in end and the film was released in theaters on October 1. Venom 2 set a pandemic record with its $90.1 million domestic box office debut, surpassing Black Widow’s $80 million performance earlier this year, though it’s important to remember that Black Widow earned another $60 million from its release on Disney+ Premier Access.
IGN’s critic awarded the Sony Pictures sequel a 7 out of 10 (Good) in our Venom: Let There Be Carnage review, writing that it “improves on everything from the first movie, leaning into its own absurdity. While it plays it a little safe, it still points the series in an exciting direction.” As for the wider critic community, most seem to have a slightly dimmer view of the film.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Used Footage Of The Matrix 4 Filming
Venom 2 uses footage of The Matrix 4’s filming in San Francisco since the two blockbusters were both in town at the same time.
The helicopters seen in Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage aren’t actually hunting Venom and Eddie, but were part of the nearby The Matrix 4 filming in San Francisco. The city has long been a filming magnet and February of 2020 was no exception—both Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage and The Matrix 4 had cameras rolling simultaneously. The Matrix 4 began filming first though, leaving Venom 2 to work around them after The Matrix 4 had essentially taken over the city.
In the scene from Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage 2021, Eddie Brock and Venom have fled to the top of San Francisco’s iconic Coit Tower. Helicopters are seen in the background, scouring the city, and Venom and Eddie mention the police pursuit, so it is assumed the helicopters are searching for them. The helicopters, however, were part of the forthcoming Matrix film.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage Location Manager Christopher Kusiak discusses how having two major blockbusters filming in the city at the same time did lead to some issues. Specifically, Venom 2 lost out on some locations simply because The Matrix 4 was filming there first. In the case of the helicopters, though, having The Matrix 4 in town was actually a benefit.
As The Matrix 4’s release date is set for December 22, it is unclear what scene from the franchise’s newest edition was being filmed at the time. Various alerts were issued from AlertSF over the course of filming that included helicopters conducting flyovers. Additionally, the filming of The Matrix 4 has spurred dozens of videos on social media with stunt doubles flying off buildings and working their way through the city on motorcycles, so it is unclear exactly which elaborate Matrix 4 stunt is seen in the background during the scene in Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.
The Matrix 4 paid the San Francisco Police Department $420,371.63 over 21 days of shooting to help manage the public during their stunts. Comparatively, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage Online paid only $192,422.58. It seems that Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage made the best of a tricky situation and saved some serious cash along the way.