Venom: Let There Be Carnage is an unhinged joy-ride, full of over-the-top action and Woody Harrelson doing his best to set a new bar for “cheesy comic book villain.”
But perhaps the most mind-blowing thing to unfold in the film was after the credits rolled. While the battle between Eddie Brock and Cletus Cassidy was a spectacle to behold, fans lost their minds when the post-credit scene rolled.
Spoiler warning: major spoilers for the end of Venom: Let There be Carnage follow.
To recap: after defeating Carnage and all but blowing his secret identity, Eddie Brock travels with Venom to a tropical island. The two are enjoying a telenovela in bed when Venom begins discussing the importance of being honest with a significant other. Eddie prods him about his past, and Venom tells Eddie that he can share a fraction of the Klyntar hive mind with his host. Just before Venom can turn on the mind meld, however, something exceptionally weird happens.
Suddenly, the dingy room Eddie and Venom are staying in morphs into a nice luxury resort. Venom briefly panics when he sees a towel folded like a swan, but calms himself down long enough to notice a TV news report playing where the telenovela was just moments ago. The audience hears the iconic voice of JK Simmons, reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson, warning the public about the masked menace, Spider-Man.
Those who have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home would recognize this as the scene from the end of that film, after Mysterio’s final gambit is revealed. The villain recorded a doctored video in which he made it look like Peter Parker murdered him in cold blood. With Peter’s secret identity revealed to the world, he’s on the run as the credits roll.
Eddie Joins the MCU?
Venom seems to somehow recognize Peter when he sees his face on TV. The symbiote lashes his tongue across the screen, darkly intoning “that guy…”
Fans are now, understandably, wondering what just happened. Venom exists in his own side of Sony’s cinematic universe, apart from the mainline Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been overseen by Kevin Feige for the past 13 years and counting. Sony came to an agreement with Marvel Studios over their shared custody of Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man.
Now, however, it seems as though Tom Hardy’s Venom can finally make his way into the MCU. Given that Venom is historically Spider-Man’s nemesis, fans are ecstatic to finally see him play opposite his foil. One of the weirdest things about the Venom series so far has been defining the Lethal Protector without his hated enemy there to offer context for Eddie’s rampages.
No Way Home
The big question now is whether venom will appear in the film Spider-Man: No Way Home. The trailer for that film has already shown that villains from other dimensions will be attacking the Web-Head, including Alfred Molina’s take on Doc Ock from the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man 2. The trailer has also hinted at the presence of Green Goblin, Sandman, Electro, and Lizard.
Will Venom round out this cinematic Sinister Six? Or will he fight alongside Peter to try to put the multiverse back together? Whatever the case, excitement for the upcoming Spider-Man film is now at a fever pitch.