The mid-credits scene of Venom made one thing clear: In Venom 2, there will be Carnage.
Cletus Kasady got introduced during the mid-credits sequence that saw Woody Harrelson playing the role. The character is seen locked away in a jail, where Eddie Brock visits him for an interview. Now, this could be a part of Carnage’s origin story, which will see Cleytus bonding with the symbiote in the sequel.
Venom director Rueben Fleischer also opened up about the scene, and why Harrelson was chosen for the role.
“I obviously have a close relationship with Woody,” Fleischer said, having worked with the actor on Zombieland and re-teaming with him for an upcoming sequel. “And he’s one of my favourite actors, if not my favourite actor, and he’s just also an incredible human being.”
Harrelson donning the red wig and laying the foundation for the sequel was easy, according to Fleischer.
“So, when we were thinking about including that scene and laying the groundwork for a potential sequel, he was the first person I thought of and a just because selfishly I’m really excited to work with him again, whether it’s in Zombieland 2 or the potential sequel to this film,” Fleischer said. “But if you think about Natural Born Killers and Mickey, the character he played in that film, I feel like there’s a real lineage that you can trace from Mickey to Cletus and I also think that he hasn’t gone dark in that way for a while.”
Harrelson has previously played some impressive roles in Out of Furnace and War for the planet of the Apes. “He’s been being more in comedies or these kinds of mentor roles in the films he’s played,” Fleischer said. “So, it’d be really fun to give him the license to just go full crazy again which is what the character requires and which he’s fully capable of and would be so fun to watch.”
Fans can safely expect a sequel to Fleischer’s Venom, given the record-breaking first weekend of the film. Go watch it, if you haven’t! Oh, and don’t listen to the critics.