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How ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage ‘ Could Set Up Knull

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Happy “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” trailer release date, everyone! The trailer this morning came as a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one.

To be succinct, its a beautiful trailer, and I’ve watched it for 5 hours now. My initial worries about Andy Serkis jumping into the director’s seat were quickly dashed when I saw that he kept the same playful but mysterious tone from the first Venom movie by Ruben Fleischer.

While I am excited for the current state of MCU movies coming out this year including Black Widow, Shang-Chi and The Eternals, this trailer immediately rocketed Venom 2 to the top of my most anticipated movies list for this year.

By the looks of it, this movie is going to show the epic battle between Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy) and Cletus Cassady/Carnage (Woody Harrelson) with a little Shriek (Naomi Harris) tossed in there for good measure. While I am excited to see how this movie tackles Carnage, I’m even more excited about what it could be setting up in the future.

The King in Black

Everyone knows that Carnage is Venom’s arch nemesis, but what my article presupposes is, maybe he isn’t? In recent years a fantastic comic book writer by the name of Donny Cates took over the Venom comic at Marvel and he has been batting a .1000 during his run. In his run, Cates introduced a new character called Knull, the god of the symbiotes. Knull, a relatively new villain, easily rivals huge baddies such a Galactus or Thanos in raw power and reach in the marvel universe. Knull has appeared in in Thor, Silver Surfer and Guardians of the Galaxy comics in the past couple years before invading Earth in the “King in Black” storyline.

Although nothing has been set in stone, I think Knull would be the perfect villain for the Venom franchise. In the comics, prior to Knull invading Earth, Carnage saw the power that is Knull and decided to help him start his journey to Earth, in his own bloody way in a storyline called “Absolute Carnage”. This storyline did build upon years of Carnage stories in the Marvel Universe, this could be a great stepping stone in introducing Knull to the Sony Spider-verse. 

Knull, God of the Symbiotes

Venom 3

In the first Venom movie, they established that Venom, and the other symbiotes that landed on Earth, came from a planet of symbiotes. While this fact in the movie refers more to the “Planet of Symbiotes” storyline from the 90s, it could easily be teased at the end of Venom 2 that the planet isn’t really a planet but the planet sized cage, Klyntar, that is currently holding Knull. This could tie the first movie’s villain Riot’s plan to get back to the planet to bring back the symbiotes to Earth but to also bring Knull with them to conquer Earth. Carnage could be the link that bring Knull to Earth, depending on how this 2nd Venom movie ends.

This could be a significant way to have Venom team up with other Sony-Marvel heroes such as Morbius and Spider-Man to take down this earth ending threat, something Spider-Man would now be more than used to. If a third Venom movie does get greenlit, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off the franchise in a huge way, or to set up further stories down the road. 

None of this is guaranteed yet. We still have to see how Venom 2 performs and if they would want to go in this epic direction. What made the first movie so good was the irreverent tone differentiating from the MCU movies. It was refreshing to see the filmmakers play around with expectations surrounding the character, so I trust the direction they are going in so far. What would you like to see in the future Venom movies? Would Knull be a good fit in the Sony Spider-verse? Will I ever end an article that isn’t in the form of a question? 

Writer/Podcaster/Cat Tiki-Toker. Currently either reading comics, watching movies or eating too much pizza.

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