We all love the will-they-won’t-they dynamic between Eddie Brock and Venom, and it seems Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis does too!
In a new interview with Uproxx, Serkis talked about taking over directorial duties on the film (Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer helmed the first film), and how he used the film to ship the two characters.
“Absolutely they do love each other and that’s the kind of center of the movie, is that love affair, that central love affair,” he told Uproxx.
To Serkis, the love between the two is so powerful, he wanted to include a “coming out” scene of sorts that made the parallels between Venom and queer love stories even more clear.
“Tom [Hardy] and [co-writer] Kelly [Marcel] were always talking about Venom coming out and going to a party that was a sort of LGBTQIA kind of festival, really, I’d call it,” Serkis said. “So this is his coming out party basically. This is Venom’s coming out party.”
He continued, saying that sees an obvious parallel between Venom’s story and stories of LGBTQ+ people. “He says in the movie, ‘We must stop this cruel treatment of aliens.’ He said, ‘You know, we all live on this ball of rock,’ you know? And so he inadvertently becomes kind of...he’s speaking for the other. He’s speaking for freedom of the other."
Fans loved Eddie and Venom’s odd couple dynamic in the first film. The two have great chemistry, and at one point, the symbiote even has the idea to kiss Eddie when it’s being worn by Eddie’s ex-wife, played by Michelle Williams.
The first Venom film was a surprisingly different superhero tale than what we’re used to, and the back-and-forth between Eddie and Venom was a major reason. With the lack of queerness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’ll be great to see this dynamic in Let There Be Carnage.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage stars Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Naomie Harris. The film opens October 1 in theaters.