Venom: Let There Be Carnage may not be one of the greatest superhero movies of recent times, but it is absolutely one of the weirdest and most unapologetically outrageous.
Significantly one-upping the original film's already palpable strangeness, the sequel leans into the peculiar dynamic between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and his symbiotic companion, as was the first film's most praise-worthy aspect.
Let There Be Carnage, for all its many flaws, isn't afraid to double down on the WTF factor, delivering a big-budget blockbuster that proudly wears its weirdo identity on its sleeve.
This is a film with head-scratching subplots, off-kilter jokes, disturbing death scenes, and a mid-credits tease which just might change Venom's future entirely.
There are oddball flaws as well, to be sure: technical issues that shouldn't have made it through to the final cut, sanitised violence, and inevitably controversial depictions of iconic characters.
Let There Be Carnage is a massively imperfect beast of a film, then, but at least touts more go-for-broke personality than its hugely underwhelming predecessor.
These are the 23 most WTF moments that director Andy Serkis and writer Kelly Marcel bamboozled audiences with...
23. The Badly-Dubbed Flashback
The film opens in 1996, where a young Cletus Kasady watches as his love, Frances Barrison, is taken away from St. Estes Home for Unwanted Children and delivered to the Ravencroft Institute for experimentation.
Given the importance of the scene, it's unfortunate that it features an incredibly distracting dubbing job, where Woody Harrelson and Naomie Harris' voices are dubbed over the younger actors playing them physically in the scene.
Considering the two actors don't really look much like their older counterparts at all, it's all the more jarring.
It would've probably made more sense to just let the young actors speak with their own voices instead of inviting unintentional awkwardness like this from the jump.