Venom producer explains why Carnage wasn't main villain

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Warning: Venom spoilers follow.

When Venom was first announced, Sony soon made a secondary announcement saying that Woody Harrelson would be appearing as Carnage in the film.

Now that we’ve all seen Venom, we know that may *technically* be true, but he doesn’t actually appear until the post-credit scenes.

Instead, the main Venom antagonist is Riot, played by Riz Ahmed.

Some fans have recently begun questioning this movie as, in the comics, Carnage is one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes while Riot is a relatively unknown character.

Venom producer Matt Tolmach recently spoke about this, saying that he would have like to include more Carnage but also didn’t want to cram too much into one movie.

“You have two origins, and it really limits,” he said via CinemaBlend. “We thought about it long and hard. It limits what you can do with the origin of Venom. So, what do you do with that? Well, then the movie itself becomes the origin of Venom, and then Carnage enters the equation. That was always the idea, that you be setting it up from the very beginning.”

I’m going to go ahead and agree with Tolmach on this one. While I’m not head-over-heels in love with Venom, I still enjoyed the movie for what it was. Putting in a secondary origin story for Carnage, however, would have seriously diminished that enjoyment as there isn’t any room for a storyline in the movie with this runtime.

Saving Carnage for a sequel, then, makes sense.

A sequel is likely to happen too, even though it hasn’t been officially greenlit yet, given the amount of money Venom is making at the box office.

I still have a few reservations about said sequel, however. Venom was a dumb, enjoyable movie, but I want them to do right by the character of Carnage (which I don’t think the post-credit scene did, as it seemed goofy and out-of-place). I know it likely won’t happen, but I’d love for Sony to make Venom 2 R-rated, as Carnage is, hands down, the most violent and malicious character in the Marvel Universe.

For now, we’ll have to wait to see how Sony handles Carnage and how the rest of Venom 2 falls into place. For now, catch Venom in theaters today.

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