The trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage has dropped ahead of its release this September. Watch it here:
The sequel to the 2018 superhero flick, the new Venom instalment will see Tom Hardy return as the titular alter-ego of investigative journalist Eddie Brock.
In the trailer, we see Brock living in relative harmony with his violent alien symbiote alter-ego, Venom, cooking together in his apartment - where a makeshift notice scrawled onto a pizza box and pinned to the wall reads: "RULES: NO EATING PEOPLE."
Actor Woody Harrelson also steps up as Marvel supervillain Carnage/Cletus Kasady, who'd been teased at the end of the first Venom film - although now the trailer gives us our first proper look at the killing machine in action.
In the original Marvel comics, the alien symbiote that bonds with Brock to form Venom spawns an offspring symbiote, which bonds with remorseless serial killer Cletus Kasady to form Carnage - a darker, more powerful and utterly brutal supervillain who originally appeared in the Spider-Man universe.
Michelle Williams and Reid Scott reprise their roles as Anne Weying and Dan Lewis, featuring alongside the likes of Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham (who fans spotted reading a copy of Spider-Man-related newspaper The Daily Bugle in the trailer), Sean Delaney and Larry Olubamiwo.
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The production has faced serious delays thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, having originally been set for release in October 2020.
Sony pushed the film's launch back to June 2021, before delaying until 15 September 2021 (UK only; US release date is on 24 September).
It sounds like it should all be worth the wait, though, as director Andy Serkis has promised 'extraordinary' things.
Speaking to reporters at the TCA press tour back in 2019, he said: "It's a fantastic franchise and I'm honoured to be asked to direct it.
"It feels like a very contemporary story, and I think, hopefully, that it's going to be an extraordinary piece of cinema."
In the meantime, it looks like the new trailer is getting fans suitably excited, with one commenting on Twitter: "This looks so good! Can't wait!"
Another fan wrote: "HOLY S*** CARNAGE LOOKS SO GOOD
A third added: "THANK YOU FINALLY SOME GOOD CARNAGE CONTENT AAAA."
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is due to hit screens in the UK on 15 September 2021, followed by in the US on 24 September.