Director Andy Serkis says let there be the “F-word” in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Like its 2018 predecessor that grossed more than $850 million worldwide, the Sony Pictures sequel weighed an R-rating but received a more tame PG-13 for “intense sequences of violence and action, some strong language, disturbing material and suggestive references.” That “strong language” is in part to a final fight “F-bomb” dropped during the climactic clash between Eddie Brock / Venom (Tom Hardy) and serial killer Cletus Kasady / Carnage (Woody Harrelson), who unleashes not-quite-maximum carnage in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe spin-off.
In an exclusive interview with ComicBook‘s Brandon Davis, Serkis explains appealing to a wide audience with a PG-13 instead of the more restrictive “R” and pushing boundaries with a “darkly-themed” Venom 2.
“Well, you’re allowed. The [rating] authorities allow you to have…for a PG-13, you’re allowed to have one F-bomb word, and so that’s where we used it,” Serkis told ComicBook about the sharp-tongued Venom’s profanity. “We saved it for that particular moment. Hopefully, people will enjoy it.”
Hardy, who produced and co-wrote the Venom sequel story, previously revealed to ComicBook that the creative team “100%” considered an R rating because of Kasady’s Carnage. Like the Spider-Man villain’s counterpart of the Marvel comic books, Carnage is a sadistic serial murderer wielding a blood-red symbiote designed for killing — making him an ultra-lethal threat to Eddie/Venom