Sony is still moving ahead with the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage for October. The sequel to 2018’s Venom, the film will find Eddie Brock once more trying to live with the alien symbiote of Venom inside his body. He’ll now have to contend with a similar evil as he encounters the violent villain Carnage.
Sony, having shifted the date from September to October, likely due to the rise of Covid-19 cases, is still sticking to this date. They’ve released new posters and now have an MPAA rating ready to go. Not surprising to anybody, the film is being rated PG-13. This may come as a surprise to Venom fans, however, who were hoping for a more violent film as Venom is a very violent character. But considering the last film was PG-13 and there doesn’t seem to be much of a shift in tone, Venom 2’s rating seemed rather predictable.
Producer Avi Arad actually addressed this issue way back in 2018 upon the release of Venom, via Collider:
“When you hear Carnage, the only thing you can think of is [an R-rated movie]. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no [R-rating] here. He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation? Was he born like that, or [is he]someone we should feel for, because if you succeeding in making a villain someone you can feel for, jackpot.”
Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be hitting theaters on October 15th, 2021.