It was exciting enough to learn that Carnage, one of the most evil, sadistic villains in the Marvel Universe, would be the main villain of Venom 2; according to a recent report, the movie will open with him imprisoned in the Ravencroft Institute, awaiting his execution. But in November, sources reported that Shriek would be a secondary villain in the upcoming film, due out on October 2, 2020. Naomie Harris is currently rumored to be in talks for the role.
We've gotten more clues to the film's narrative in the months since. Hardy posted (and then deleted) a set photo showing the remains of the St. Estes Orphans Home for Unwanted Children. In the comics, Cletus Kasady (the human alter ego of Carnage) spent an abusive childhood living at this orphanage.
HN Entertainment reported some additional leaked plot details: working in his capacity as an investigative journalist, Eddie Brock / Venom will discover that Kasady started a massive fire at St. Estes, which caused the deaths of 12 people. Perhaps this is the inciting incident that drives both characters' hatred for one another?
For comic book fans, these are all very exciting development, because it means that finally, we might get to see the "Maximum Carnage" storyline on-screen. A massive crossover arc that featured many of Marvel's signature heroes and villains, "Maximum Carnage" still invokes fond, nostalgic memories of the '90s.
Here's everything you need to know about Symbiotes, the "Maximum Carnage" storyline, and how the Shriek announcement factors into all of this.