Sony and Marvel are back at it again! 2021 is definitely a big year for them, and it will only get better from here on out. 2018 blessed us with Venom starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. At that moment, we all decided that he is perfect for the role. The movie performed marvelously at the box office, making over $856 million worldwide. We were supposed to receive a sequel in October 2020, but of course, the pandemic hit us hard. Now, we’ve got the latest Venom 2 trailer, which has raised the hype that had died over the last year.
Venom 2 Trailer
The trailer reintroduces Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady but in a different look altogether. We finally get to see him transform into Carnage. The footage clearly indicates a history between Eddie and Cletus. Both are similar when it comes to a troubled past and growing in a strange environment. Carnage will be joined by his love interest from the comics – Frances Barrison aka Shriek (played by Naomi Harris). She was also revealed in the footage we saw.
Venom 2 trailer also hints at the Daily Bugle, which is not the MCU. Instead, it seems to be confusing us since this logo of the Newspaper forum is from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. We also get an easy-to-miss Avengers reference in the footage. But in the midst of all this, most viewers ended up missing the coming of a new character. Apparently, there was another major Symbiote host sitting in plain sight.
Toxin in Venom 2 trailer
The host that I am talking about is Toxin. The symbiote is the offspring of Carnage. The first host of the Toxin symbiote is former NYPD police officer Patrick Mulligan. The trailer introduces Mulligan, who is played by Stephen Graham. In fact, he is the one reading the Daily Bugle. Toxin is the first symbiote that Spider-Man considers an ally. Created by Peter Milligan and Clayton Crain, Toxin is apparently the thousandth symbiote to spawn from Venom and Carnage’s genetic line and is potentially powerful and unstable.
In the storyline, Mulligan comes across the site where he sees Carnage giving birth to Toxin. As soon as Carnage was aware of this, he hoped to kill the new symbiote as soon as it spawned. Venom hoped to protect it and raise the symbiote to become a hero that would fight alongside him. Mulligan was at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Carnage decided to hide the symbiote by bonding it to Mulligan. The symbiote was too young to act individually and did not manifest fully. Naturally, Carnage wanted to kill both, but Venom protected them. Mulligan and the newborn symbiote were safe from Carnage.
Now, the time came for Toxin to mature fully. He formed a bodysuit like Venom and Carnage’s and fought back when Carnage targeted Mulligan’s family. Venom allied with Carnage to destroy the new symbiote when he realized that Toxin was a match for its progenitors. But he was not alone. Spider-Man came to help Toxin and rescued him. After this little adventure, Mulligan and Spider-Man have a heart-to-heart, and the former decided to leave the police force. For his family’s safety, he left them too.
Peter Mulligan eventually comes to terms with his symbiote and rejoins his family. He also joined Spider-Man in battling Raft prison’s escapees. He was later killed by the demonic villain Blackheart. We know that the symbiotes can cling on to new hosts as well. During the era when the Venom symbiote belonged to Flash Thompson, Eddie Brock became Toxin’s host. This is something that could be explored in the film as well. Definitely sounds like a long shot, because the movie will heavily revolve around Woddey Harrelson’s Carnage.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is directed by Serkis from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel, based on a story by Marcel and Tom Hardy. Hardy stars Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom with Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady / Carnage, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Reid Scott as Anne Weying’s boyfriend, Dan Lewis, and Naomie Harris as Shriek. The movie lands in theaters on September 24th.
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