Tom Hardy To Get His First Writing Credit For ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’

If the ridiculously titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage turns out to be twice as bonkers as the first, we only have Tom Hardy to thank for it. Why? Because this time he’s actually getting a writing credit, the first of his career.

The hit 2018 film, which went on to earn $856M worldwide, was written by a trio of writers including Kelly Marcel. Marcel goes it solo for the sequel, but shares a story credit with Hardy. It’s a partnership that goes way back, according to her comments to Empire

“This is new for him, to get credit, but it’s not new for him to be this involved. He’s absolutely 100 per cent committed to everything that he does…He’s married to Venom. He loves this character. He’s very involved in what he thinks should happen.”

A “story by” credit doesn’t mean Hardy actually wrote out the screenplay, but he was a heavy contributor in shaping the plot and direction of the characters.

“He doesn’t get a pen and write. We spent months breaking the story together on FaceTime, riffing on ideas, seeing what worked, seeing what didn’t. Then I took everything we spoke about and holed up somewhere for three months quietly, knocking out a script.”

The way Marcel describes it, Hardy must’ve had a lot to do with the first film as well. Their working relationship extends back to Hardy’s breakout role in Bronson back in 2008. Marcel was a script editor back then.

I’m curious to see what Hardy’s influence was on Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Will more heads be eaten as a result? Let’s hope so.  The film hits theaters on September 24th.




Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.