‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ — VFX Supervisor Confirms Carnage’s Movement Is Based on This Predatory Arachnid

Venom: Let There Be Carnage finally made its way to theaters after suffering coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-related delays. It was originally supposed to be released in October 2020 but then faced several uncertainties. The Marvel movie premiered to London fans, who praised the sequel for its humor, action, and well-known antagonist known as Carnage. VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal recently discussed the process of figuring out how Carnage should move on the silver screen.

The ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ antagonist

The first Venom ended with teasing actor Woody Harrelson as serial killer Cletus Kasady. The world got its first look at Ravencroft Institute, which is where many of Spider-Man’s antagonists reside. The 2021 sequel planned to make Carnage the next lead villain.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage maintains its focus on the title symbiote and host Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). Venom struggles to adjust to the rules of human society with his hunger for flesh growing by the day. Eddie fights to keep him in check while trying to get back on top of his career in journalism.

An interview with Cletus is the perfect opportunity for Eddie to advance his career. However, Venom has a bad feeling about engaging with the serial killer. Cletus escapes from prison after breaking out from his planned execution. He becomes the host for Carnage, a bloodthirsty and dangerous spawn of Venom.

Carnage’s movement is based on a predatory arachnid

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Carnage pinning a guard against the wall looking scared
Carnage | Sony Pictures

Duggal explained the process and meaning behind creating Carnage’s appearance on the big screen to Variety. She mentioned that the villain has some quieter moments where his tentacles are more vine-like. Their movement changes based on the tone of the given sequence. However, a serial killer and a chaotic entity are a terrifying pairing.

Duggal referred to the fact that animals’ use of weapons in nature was an influence. She said, “The way a scorpion moves its tail behind its head and moves it forward in this threatening way, I thought, ‘Let’s do that with Carnage.’” The antagonist uses his tentacles to impale others, which is very similar to how a scorpion utilizes its tail.

However, Duggal didn’t only use her own ideas to bring Carnage to life. She mentioned that she utilized Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, and various fan websites to see what the fans would like to see. “I wanted to see what they wanted from this character and what behavior and look was important to them,” she explained. “We wanted fans to be very happy with this.”

Additionally, the VFX supervisor also looked at the various art adaptations that have been done over the years. Artists have drawn Carnage in a variety of ways over the years. His silver screen adaptation took those adaptations into consideration.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ succeeds at the box office


‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ — Who is Carnage?

The first Venom scored big at the box office in 2018. It didn’t do well with critics, although audiences enjoyed this anti-hero’s big adventure on the silver screen. Some skeptics weren’t sure that the sequel could capture the same lightning in a bottle with audiences, especially since the world is still dealing with the pandemic.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage secured the pandemic’s biggest U.S. box office opening. It brought in over $90 million during its opening weekend, making it also the second-biggest domestic October opening of all time. The sequel beat its predecessor’s opening weekend, which is an impressive feat during a pandemic.