Back in February, it was alleged that Woody Harrelson would be playing Cletus Kasady (Carnage) in Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer‘s Venom. The report carried a massive spoiler, suggesting that the Spider-Man spinoff would not include Carnage, but set the stage for his arrival in the sequel. It was explained that, during a prison interaction, a piece of symbiote would make its way off Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and onto Kasady. The sequence is allegedly set for the closing of the film, which would mean Harrelson’s appearance is simply a cameo and that he’d be the starring antagonist in the film’s sequel. He all but confirms this in a new interview promoting Solo:
“I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyways, just rolled the dice,” he told Collider.
He not only verifies that he’s barely in Venom, but also confirms that he’s locked in for a sequel. While this by no means guarantees that he’s playing Kasady/Carnage, it’s hard to argue that his statement doesn’t support the aforementioned rumor.
As for Venom’s antagonist, it’s Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a Life Foundation employee who was able to surmise that the Venom symbiote contained five more “seeds” (Agony, Lasher, Riot, Phage, and Scream), and subsequently extracts them.
We’ll find out more as we get closer to the film’s release on October 5, 2018.