Recent reports suggest that actor Woody Harrelson will play Carnage in the upcoming Venom movie. Harrelson joined the Sony Pictures film while it was well into production, and the name of the character he is playing has yet to be confirmed by the studio. Prior to this latest rumor, actor Riz Ahmed was rumored to play the character. Carnage, also known as Cletus Kasady, is a vicious killer and psychopath in the Spider-Man mythos. The character is also known as the archenemy of Venom, played in the film by Tom Hardy.
The rumor started on the website Bleeding Cool. Citing an unnamed source close to the production, no further information was given. While Carnage’s inclusion in the film will surely make fans happy, leaked plot synopses for Venom hint that Carnage’s role will be very minor, with the character’s role in the film to be mostly a set-up for a sequel. Given the near universally poor reaction to the film’s first trailer, many wonder if Venom will even merit a sequel, with most of the criticism being leveled at the fact that the trailer does not show Hardy in the Venom costume.
While little has officially been revealed about Venom, director Ruben Fleischer confirmed that the film would adapt Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes, two famous Venom storylines from the comics. As with Lethal Protector, Fleischer’s film will also be set in San Francisco. It is also uncertain if Venom will officially be part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, although Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is rumored to cameo in the film. Venom is scheduled for release on October 7 of this year, with Sony eyeing an R-rating for the film.