If you’ve watched the big budget comic book movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, you will know the story at the heart of the movie is fairly straight forward. Eddie Brock/Venom has to take on a new bad guy in the form of Cletus Kasady/Carnage, who in turn has some assistance from his girlfriend Frances Barrison/Shriek, and this is pretty much the film in a nutshell.
But as you were watching Venom: Let There Be Carnage, did you find yourself questioning one specific scene in the movie – a scene which didn’t make a great deal of sense? And did that scene involve a police detective and his glowing blue eyes?
I thought so. Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone, as this scene with the cop was a little confusing, and it certainly threw a few audiences. In a moment, I will explain what that scene was all about, but before I get to that, let me first recap the scene, just to make sure we are all on the same page.
Towards the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Cletus Kasady and Frances Barrison make their way to a church to get married. To accompany them in the ceremony, they kidnap Eddie Brock’s ex-girlfriend, Anne Weying, as well as a cop, Police Detective Mulligan.
But just as the ceremony begins to take place, Eddie Brock shows up, disrupts the wedding and gets into a tussle with Cletus/Carnage. As this event unfolds, Frances then busies herself by getting into a fight with Detective Mulligan, which takes place high up on the church spire.
As the fight between Eddie/Venom and Cletus/Carnage progresses, the pair make their way up to the spire, where Carnage gets the upper hand on Venom. He attacks his adversary multiple times, and it is clear to Eddie/Venom they will not survive this encounter.
It is at this moment Eddie/Venom gets an idea: to use sound against Carnage. Sound is a weakness for both Venom and Carnage, so if Eddie/Venom can create a loud enough sound, it may be enough of a distraction to stop Carnage from landing a finishing blow.
Seizing the moment, Venom lashes out and pushes Frances off the spire of the church. As she falls, she screams out in anger, releasing her super power, which is a sonic scream.
The scream hits both Venom and Carnage and causes them to fall off the roof of the church. After they hit the ground, Eddie/Venom is able to recover quickly enough to kill both Cletus and Carnage.
Moments later, the action moves back up to the church spire, where Detective Mulligan remains. As the camera closes in on the detective, Mulligan’s eyes light up blue and he mutters the word “monsters”, leaving the suggestion that something has happened to him during the battle. So, what gives? Why are Detective Mulligan’s eyes blue in Venom: Let There Be Carnage?
Detective Mulligan’s eyes light up blue in Venom: Let There Be Carnage because in this very (very) brief scene, it is implied that Mulligan has become the host to a new symbiote. The symbiote in this instance is Toxin – one of the many symbiotes from the Marvel Universe.
Does the film make this infection clear? No, it does not – but this is what the implication is.
As for how Mulligan is infected by a symbiote, this happens in a blink and you missed it moment.
During the scene in which Eddie/Venom and Cletus/Carnage are hit by Frances Barrison’s scream, the symbiotes are momentarily separated from their hosts. It is during this scene that a new symbiote is spawned, which then attaches itself to Mulligan (off screen).
Although this new symbiote is not named in the movie, the symbiote is called Toxin. How do I know this? Because in the comics, Detective Mulligan becomes a host to a symbiote, and that symbiote is Toxin.
For comic book fans, this all happened in the pages of Venom/Carnage, all the way back in 2004. The implication here, is that Mulligan’s ‘infection’ is being set up for a future sequel.
So, why does Mulligan suddenly get blue eyes in Venom: Let There Be Carnage? Because he has been infected with a symbiote.
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