Although Little Simz’s original version of “Venom,” which appeared on her standout 2019 album Grey Area, had nothing to do with the Marvel anti-hero of the same name at the time, it would have been a waste of synergistic potential for Sony not to try to incorporate it into the new sequel film Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Simz, thankfully, was up for the rebirth, taking up the pen to rewrite the lyrics in a more encouraging tone, in keeping with the comic-book-inspired antics onscreen.
You can thank Venom: Let There Be Carnage (boy, that’s a mouthful — which… considering the character in question… fits?) star Tom Hardy for Simz’s inclusion in the process. Last week, the film’s director Andy Serkis told Uproxx that Simz’s fellow Brit and well-known hip-hop head Hardy suggested the song be used in a sequence in the film and reached out to Simz to make it happen. “She actually had made a song, unbeknownst to her, called ‘Venom’ that connected very much with the first movie,” Serkis said, “And so Tom got in touch with her and that song became sort of the focus [of the scene].”
Simz’s recently released album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, as well as her impending North American tour, are perfectly timed to feature her music in what will likely be one of the year’s most successful films, bringing in a slew of new admirers. She is deserving of them.