It’s no secret that metalheads love Spider-Man antagonist Venom. Between his Lovecraftian powers, his alligator mouth, his shared name with a famous metal band, and his Catholic desire to see the innocent protected with vicious brutality, there’s a reason why Eddie Brock and his Other are heavy metal fans’ favorite dynamic duo. But now, it appears that the character’s broad appeal is on full display, as the box office receipts for the second Venom film, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, are in, and the ebony brain-eater has officially set a new pandemic record.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Venom: Let There Be Carnage brought in $90.1 million dometically, setting a new pandemic box office record. Worldwide, the expected take is $100 million and rising. This came after many critics and fans questioned Marvel’s choice to release the film only in theaters during the ongoing COVID recovery, but it appears as though the anti-hero brought in enough audiences to make the choice worthwhile.
Only last week, Venom star Tom Hardy and Venom 2 director Andy Serkis impressed headbangers around the world by taking part in a round of ‘Symbiote or Death Metal Band?’ The basic rule of the game was, the host (IGN’s Francesca Rivera) named either one of the alien symbiotes from Marvel’s Venom universe, who all have very metal monikers like ‘Lasher’ and ‘Riot,’ or a death metal band, and then asked Hardy and Serkis to tell her which one it is. Overall, the director and actor did solidly well, with Hardy shining; he even went so far as to mention that ‘Carnage’ is the name of both a symbiote and a band.
Of course, things got a little out of hand when the symbiote dragon ‘Grendel’ comes up. Ever the class act, Serkis mentioned that Grendel is the villain from the epic poem Beowulf. Hardy, on the other hand, cracked up laughing and brought up the “colonic bridge.” Hey, the dude was brilliant in The Revenant, okay?
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Words by Chris Krovatin