Venom 2 Update Reveals Runtime Longer Than Expected (But Still Shorter Than Tom Hardy's First Movie)

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Online users noticed last week that theater sites like Fandango showed that the runtime for Venom: Let There be Carnage would be at least around 90 minutes long. Although it was assumed to be a placeholder at first, it was later confirmed by director Andy Serkis.

He justified the shorter runtime as wanting it to be "a real thrill ride" and not bogged down by too much exposition. Now, the same individual who leaked the runtimes for Black Widow and The Suicide Squad has revealed the exact runtime of Tom Hardy'sVenom sequel, which will be a few minutes longer than expected.

Shorter Runtime For Tom Hardy's Venom

Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage

According to Indian movie insider, Amit Chaudhari, the runtime for Venom: Let There be Carnage is approximately 1 hour and 37 minutes long, which includes film credits and any post-credit scenes.

This makes the symbiote-starring sequel only 15 minutes shorter than Tom Hardy's original Venom, which clocked in at 1 hour and 52 minutes long.

Cutting Out the Fat?

Looking at the runtime of Venom: Let There Be Carnage might be shocking at a glance, but again, it's only 15 minutes shorter than its predecessor. This could work to the benefit of the story, as explained by Serkis in that it would help to cut out all the fat.

Serkis wanted Carnage in the story as soon as possible and "didn't want to linger too long before that happens." According to Serkis, a shorter runtime would help accomplish this, while still focusing on the relationship between Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and Venom.

It also means that audiences won't have to wait as long to see the hyped-up post-credit scene when they see Venom: Let There be Carnage in theaters on October 1, 2021.

- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.