Venom: Let There Be Carnage VFX Supervisor Reveals the Symbiotes’ Inspiration

Story-wise, Venom: Let There Be Carnage isn’t exactly a “faithful” adaptation of the comics that inspired it. But there’s no denying that the designs of its titular symbiotes largely stay true to their classic Marvel appearances. While speaking with Variety, visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal explained how she and her team made a point to honor the characters’ visual roots. She also revealed some of her other sources of inspiration on the recently-released sequel.

As it turns out, Duggal didn’t just look to classic Venom and Carnage storylines for tips on how to render these characters in live-action. She also listened to the fans themselves. In fact, she even found herself going “down a rabbit hole,” scouring various social media platforms like Reddit, Twitter, and Instagram to better understand what audiences were hoping to see in the film.

“I wanted to see what they wanted from this character and what behavior and look was important to them,” said Duggal. “We wanted fans to be very happy with this.”

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Duggal had nearly three decades’ worth of Spider-Man comics to refer to when designing Woody Harrelson’s Carnage. But it sounds like this was just her starting point. Duggal also studied “certain “multi-cellular organisms” and even “birthing goo made up of amniotic fluid and membranes” during the design process. And as she worked on the villain’s tentacle movements, Duggal also looked elsewhere in the world of arachnids for ideas.

“The way a scorpion moves its tail behind its head and moves it forward in this threatening way,” added Duggal. “I thought, ‘Let’s do that with Carnage.’”

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now playing in theaters.

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