The trailer for the “Venom” sequel has arrived bearing a cameo for the Detroit Lions. Sort of.
In the preview for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” actor Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock character is back and still dealing with the scary symbiote that lives inside him and emerges for brutal fights.
This time out, Brock/Venom will face off against a serial killer (played by Woody Harrelson) who survives lethal injection and finds there is a symbiote inside him too: the evil Carnage.
Early in the clip, Brock is seen inside what Detroit-based Lions fans would call a party store. And Hardy’s character is wearing what appears to be the same sort of Detroit Lions jacket that Eddie Murphy wore in “Beverly Hills Cop II” as Detroit police detective Axel Foley.
Hardy’s jacket will be of dubious resale value, because one of Venom’s creepy tentacles is puncturing its back, where it’s emerging from his body in the scene.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is set to release on Sept. 24, which gives us plenty of time to figure out why Lions gear made it into the movie. In the previous film, 2018’s “Venom,” Hardy wore mostly grey hoodies for the action scenes.
Could it be that the English actor is a fan of a) the Lions, b) Axel Foley, or c) vintage sports jackets?
For now, we prefer to think it’s some symbiotic link to new Lions coach Dan Campbell’s Venom-worthy promise to “bite a knee cap off” the Detroit NFL team’s opponents.
Among other carnage.
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