Venom: Why Riot Instead Of Carnage?


I’ll be honest with you, when I heard there was going to be a Venom movie without Spider-Man the furthest thing from my mind was Carnage. I was worried how Sony intended to do the character of Venom correctly without Spidey rejecting the symbiote and without Eddie Brock and Peter Parker’s less than friendly relationship. These two factors inform who and why Venom is the Venom we know. However, my opinion is only one of billions on this earth and there were plenty of people that wanted to see the crazy and murderous red symbiote make an appearance.

The movie instead used Dr. Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed, as the main villain. Drake eventually bonds with the Riot symbiote and goes on to fight Venom. But why did they go this way?

Collider recently spoke with the Venom director, Ruben Fleischer, who explained why they didn’t use Carnage in this movie:

“We felt strongly that the first movie needed a place to build to, and that by … Carnage is the character I think fans, and  everyone wants to see the most, in the Venomworld, but we didn’t want to spoil it on the first movie. The first movie is all about Eddie and Venom, and their relationship, and establishing the character. Then from there, it felt like we wanted to give them a place to go. So, choosing their most formidable adversary felt like a great, natural sequel.”


Even though I haven’t seen this movie, I can agree with his approach completely. Venom is a fan favorite character and has already been done horribly wrong once. Sorry to bring up bad memories of Spider-Man 3. This movie had to build a world for Venom to exist in and build the character without everything that made him in the comics. That meant the focus needed to be Eddie and his symbiote.

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If the movie had to build Cletus Kasady and Carnage at the same time as Eddie and Venom, I don’t think the movie would be doing as well as it is with audiences. It would have to be very simplified and would leave many wanting more. By going with Riot while they built this world they can have a larger focus on Kasady and Carnage in the sequel.

What do think of Fleischer’s reasoning? What do you think of the movie in general? Let us know in the comments below.

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SOURCE: Collider

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Kyle Malone

Kyle is a Senior Editor and Multimedia Manager for LRM Online. He is a Retired Soldier and Business School graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife & their awesome little geek-in-training.

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