Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis has confirmed that Shriek is in the film. Serkis has explained what motivates the dangerous character. Serkis recently spoke to IGN about the Venom 2 trailer. The trailer offers the first look of Woody Harrelson’s Carnage in action after he was teased in the post-credits scene of 2018’s Venom. But, it also gives us our first look at another Venom 2 villain Shriek.
Director Andy Serkis has also confirmed that Venom is not set in the MCU. He spoke about the characterization of Shriek and confirmed that the comic book character is in the film. Here’s what Serkis had to say:
She’s a damaged soul and she really has suffered in her childhood, but there is a real vulnerability about her, and she’s in a lot of pain… She’s been living in isolation for years, years, and years. With all of these characters, what’s so beautifully drawn about them is that they’re multi-faceted, they’re totally truthful and believable, and yet… She’s dangerous too and I think she has her own sense of fairness and being just, and I think when that line is crossed, then you see a very, very dangerous, dark side to her, and that’s what we wanted to do with the character.”
There has been a lot of uncertainty on how the film will introduce Shriek and Carnage. It is unknown if the film will properly adapt the Maximum Carnage storyline of the comics. It has a lot of characters Sony doesn’t have the rights to. But according to Serkis’ comments and the latest trailer, it looks like the team behind the sequel is trying to remain faithful to the crossover arc and character. Also, writer Kelly Marcel is trying to make Shriek a vulnerable character by putting more importance on her dark past.
Shriek was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Lim. The character made its debut in 1993’s Spider-Man Unlimited #1. She is a villain and the lover of Cletus Kasady. She can manipulate sound and gains her own symbiote that makes her more powerful. According to the comics, Shriek is a mutant, but this will be changed for the film if she has powers. After all, Sony doesn’t own the rights to any mutants. Naomie Harris is playing the character, as was shown in the trailer. She has sound manipulation powers. So, she could create high-frequency sounds waves, which is the biggest weakness of the Venom symbiote.
The role of Naomie Harris was not confirmed till now, but her scenes in the trailer have proved the rumors to be true. Very little information is available about the plot of the film. The trailer shows Brock trying to manage the killer symbiote and play at being a hero. It is impossible to say that Kasady will do the same. It will set up the conflict between Venom and Carnage.
Michelle Williams will reprise her role as Anne Weying. In the comics, her character also gains a symbiote. A lot of symbiotes were seen in the first film. So the sequel might unleash more of the alien creatures in search of hosts. It is unknown if the film will actually adapt the Maximum Carnage storyline. But the latest trailer and comments of the creative team hint that they will fix the issues of the first film. There are a lot of questions still left to be answered – the explanation of Cletus getting his symbiote, the way Shriek acquires her powers, and more.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is scheduled to be released in theaters on September 24, 2021. Directed by Andy Serkis, it features Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, and Stephen Graham in the lead roles.
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