Venom 2: How Much Time Has Passed Since The First Movie?

Warning: Spoilers for Venom: Let There Be Carnage

In Venom: Let There Be Carnage, it's clear a fair amount of time has passed since the first Venom but how much, exactly? Finally hitting theaters after some pandemic-related delays and also dodging an R-rating, Venom: Let There Be Carnage follows Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and his continued relationship with the alien symbiote Venom. The movie also picks up the narrative thread of Woody Harrelson's serial killer Cletus Kasady, first introduced in the post-credits scene of Venom. The sequel finds Kasady bonding with his own symbiote, Carnage, and fulfilling his earlier promise that "there's gonna be carnage."

Venom soared to become one of the biggest hits of 2018, with an $856 million haul worldwide, thanks in large part to its zany, irreverent tone. Venom 2 leans even further into the wacky comedic banter of Eddie and Venom that defined its predecessor. At the start of the film, Eddie and Venom have clearly been in the same body for a while, but not long enough to completely settle into such an unusual living arrangement.

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Eddie and Venom are at the point in a relationship where two people have been living with each other long enough for the honeymoon period to wear off and to start getting on each other's nerves. They've settled into a routine and developments in Eddie's personal and professional life also indicate some time has passed, but it's never stated exactly how much. However, director Andy Serkis clarified Venom 2's timeline and when it's set after the first movie in an interview earlier this year, explaining, "They've been together for a year and a half, say, since the last story." That timeframe seems reasonable when considering how some things have progressed in the sequel, such as Anne's (Michelle Williams) relationship with Dan (Reid Scott), with the two now being engaged. Still, it's Eddie and Venom's relationship that is the key indicator of how much time has passed.

Eddie is struggling to keep Venom's insatiable hunger under control, offering him chickens with Venom finding poultry to be a poor substitute for human brains. Though Eddie's given Venom more leeway to devour humans if the people in question are truly bad, there haven't been enough bad guys for Venom to chow down on to satisfy his hunger. While having been bonded much longer than Topher Grace's Venom did in Spider-Man 3, the pair are still getting used to sharing a body and that comes with conflicting needs. Eddie's desire to abide by the laws of human society run up against Venom's culinary tastes.

Additionally, Cletus Kasady's role shows that the passage of time between movies hasn't been too extreme. Kasady's role alongside Eddie and the reinstatement of his pending execution (before he breaks out after bonding with the Carnage symbiote) indicates an appreciable but not drastic passage of time has occurred between the first and second Venom movies, and a year and half seems about right. That said, Venom 2's game-changing end-credits scene changes things. When Venom is next seen, the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage ensures that the passage of time between his second and third appearances will be far from the first thing on most audience's minds.

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