‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ unites Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson as the Marvel Comics rivals Venom and Carnage, respectively. The Sony Pictures film is directed by Andy Serkis and is a sequel to the 2018 movie. The film’s editor Maryann Brandon sat down with SyFy recently to discuss the process of making the project.
“I think it has a smilier tone to the first one, although Carnage is a scarier character,” she explained. “Now there’s another [symbiote]. Woody Harrelson and Tom Hardy have a really good dynamic together … Venom 2’s gonna be really good fun.”
When comparing ‘Venom’ director Ruben Fleischer to Serkis, she opined, “They’re hugely different filmmakers.”
“Venom’s a tricky film because you like Venom, but he’s scary. You’re always on the edge of like…you don’t want it to be campy, but you want to like him. And you don’t want to be too scared and you can’t be too horrific with it. Venom’s kind of a horrific character, isn’t it? Which is why Tom Hardy’s brilliant because he manages to do that, [and] Andy Serkis is great at this stuff,” Brandon said.
She reflected on how she was recruited for the project and how the pandemic impacted filmmaking.
“I was just brought in when COVID hit,” she continued. “Sony had asked me to do it and I was like, ‘Look, I can’t, I’m doing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and I’m exhausted … I can’t.’ And they were like, ‘Ok, ok.’ Then they hammered me, they wouldn’t leave me alone, and then COVID hit and they were like, ‘Will you help us now?’ So I wasn’t around for any of the shooting or the first cut. I came in and rejiggered a bunch of stuff. So I didn’t work as closely with Andy Serkis as I did with Ruben.”
“I don’t know anything about the comic book and I didn’t read it because I didn’t really want to be influenced as opposed to Star Wars [where] I knew everything about [it] when I went into it,” Brandon added. “I’m always being told, ‘Well, Carnage can do this’ or ‘Venom can do that’ and I’m like, ‘Oh…ok.’ But I don’t feel beholden to the comic per se because we’re [making this] for a much wider audience, aren’t we? Venom appeals to 12-year-olds as well as 50-year-olds.”
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