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'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' and Why More Blockbusters Should Embrace the 90-Minute Runtime

We’re here for good carnage, not long carnage.

The team behind the second Venom movie had a few title options, but in the end, they didn't simply go with Venom 2, or Venom vs. Carnage, or even Venom: There Will Be Carnage. Instead, they landed on Venom: Let There Be Carnage; a plea, a demand, a desperate prayer from a dying man in the desert whose only hope for survival is a drop of 90s-style xtreme comic book carnage. With each passing release date delay and pushback, that title became more and more apt, audiences finally, finally sitting down in theaters last week, every cell in their body screaming “please……just let there be carnage.” Tom Hardy, director Andy Serkis, and the rest of the creative team knew they could get away with it, too, because what they eventually delivered was an aggressively lean and mean film that does not include a single second in which carnage is not occurring. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is 90 minutes long including credits. It's just barely longer than your average HBO drama episode. It's like 2.5 Ted Lasso episodes. It is a straight concentrated shot of carnage directly into your vein, and I'd also argue it is a template that more big studio blockbusters should pay attention to.

Hollywood, let there be 90-minute superhero movies.

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