With just a few weeks to go until it's released at Cineworld cinemas (15 September), Sony has unveiled the second trailer for the new blockbuster Marvel sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The first trailer for the film, launched back in May, gave us some tantalising glimpses of what we can expect from this Andy Serkis-directed action flick – the follow-up to the 2018 box-office smash Venom. But this time around, Sony clearly wanted to raise the anticipation a few notches, as the 2:41-second clip is packed to the rafters with thrills and spills.
So, what can we look forward to when Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives at Cineworld next month? Here's what we learned from the trailer...
1. Carnage looks absolutely grotesque
We were only exposed to the titular symbiote for a split second in the first trailer, but this time we see it in all its terrifying, salivating glory. If you saw the first film, you'll recall that a serial killer called Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) made a brief appearance in the mid-credits scene. Well, this time around he's the star of the show – or, rather, his ghastly alter-ego is.
After escaping from prison, Kasady/Carnage runs amok in the city. In a recent interview with Collider, producer Avi Arad described this unsightly beast as a "tortured soul", but that seems generous to us. With its spiked tentacles, mass of teeth and repellent breath, this thing is not something you'd want to meet down a dark alley. And don't even get us started on that tongue!
2. It also isn't going to be beaten in a hurry
In the first film, we saw Venom/Brock open a can of whoop on symbiote psycho Riot/Carlton Drake. We're not suggesting it was easy but it was a walk in the park compared to what he's up against this time around.
Judging by the trailer, Carnage embodies about half-a-dozen notorious villains in one: not only does it boast oral skills that would put Ridley Scott's Alien to shame, it can fire multiple projectiles at once and absorb police bullets like they were softballs, all while making the kind of racket that would keep a T-Rex awake at night. Venom will inevitably beat it eventually, but we're curious to find out how.
3. Kasady takes a bit of a shine to Eddie Brock
In movie-land, there's been a long tradition of bad guys becoming obsessed with people on the other side of the law. Whether it was Joker fantasising about killing Batman, Lex Luther wanting to get one over on Superman or Hannibal Lecter showing a little bit too much interest in Clarice Starling's perfume, these unerring infatuations always add a bit of frisson to a storyline.
And it looks like there's another one to look forward to in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, with the deranged and dishevelled Kasady telling Tom Hardy's character Eddie Brock from his high-security prison cell: "What's mine is yours, and what's yours is mine." It's not really the kind of thing you want to hear from a mass murderer, is it? But then, it probably serves Brock right for visiting him in the first place.
4. There are some cool motorbike scenes in it
There's nothing like a bit of high-octane road action to get the adrenaline going when you're at the movies, and, if the new trailer is anything to go by, Venom: Let There Be Carnage has it in spades.
In the clip, we see Eddie Brock caressing a slick Ducati superbike before zooming off at the kind of speed that would land him in serious trouble with the boys and girls in blue if it were real life. Whether the scenes will rival the two-wheeled acrobatics we witnessed in Mission: Impossible 2 back in 2000 remains to be seen, but we're looking forward to them anyway.
5. There's a huge stained-glass window in the film
No, we're not saying this because we're fans of ecclesiastical history – the massive sheet of decorative glasswork caught our eye because it seems inevitable that it'll be put through at some point in the film, especially since the multi-tentacled Carnage is seen hovering perilously close to it in the clip.
Why is there a fight scene in a church? We have no idea, but we're sure it'll make for a jaw-dropping finale as these two frightful foes go head-to-head, tongue-to-tongue, and whatever-else-to-whatever-else. Make sure you get a front row seat!
Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives at Cineworld cinemas on 15 September. What are you most looking forward to about the movie? Let us know @cineworld.