When Marvel said there'd be a Multiverse, they meant a Multiverse, and in a scenario that seemed extremely unlikely just two years ago, it appears that concept spans not just comic book realities but also real-life movie studios. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is roughly 75 minutes long, moves at the pace of an especially medicated fever dream, và is more than 80% devoted to lớn Tom Hardy being madly in love with his homicidal space alien best bud. It's wonderful. But, in many ways, the actual bulk of the film feels like an appetizer for its mid-credits scene, which significantly expands both the MCU and the SPUMC, setting up a big-screen crossover of monumental proportions. Full on, tongues-out carnage spoilers khổng lồ follow.
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After defeating Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) và his Carnage counterpart, Eddie Brock (Hardy) and Venom (also Hardy) have booked it out of San Francisco, laying low and, lượt thích many older married couples, whiling away the hours watching bad TV và debating which of them is smarter. "Eighty-billion light-years of hive knowledge across universes would explode your tiny little brain," Venom says, & whether it's simply a coincidence or the cause itself, the moment Venom tries khổng lồ give Eddie a glimpse of what's going on inside his head, everything...changes. Eddie and Venom are transported to lớn another reality, arriving at the exact moment that concluded Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) outs Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as Spider-Man. "That guy," Venom says, licking the TV screen as Holland's face appears in a move relatable to thousands. With that, it's official.
When Venom hit theaters in 2018, solely a Sony production with nary a hint or mention of Peter Parker, there was always going lớn be a need to lớn discuss the spider in the room. As a character, Venom doesn't really make sense without Spider-Man; he was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Todd McFarlane as a dark mirror image of the web-slinger. It's why he looks like a bigger, scarier version of Spider-Man. No matter how good or bad or in-between Ruben Fleischer's film turned out to lớn be, it was always going khổng lồ be at least a bit of a bummer with Spider-Man, doubly so because we all knew the thing holding the cross-over back was the boring behind-the-scenes of which studio owns which character.
With Let There Be Carnage front-kicking the door between studios off its hinges, the question is no longer if we'll ever see Holland's Spider-Man và Hardy's Venom meet, but when. The MCU's Phase 4 offers two tantalizing, obvious options:
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home - I mean, yeah. We already know from the first trailer—plus mountains of casting rumors piled on top of poor Andrew Garfield's inability lớn believably lie—that Holland's third solo Spider-Man movie is going to lớn jam several decades' worth of comic book movie universes together, regardless of which studio owns who. Alfred Molina is back as Doctor Octopus. Willem Dafoe (in voice, at least), is back as Green Goblin. There's like, a 99% certainty both Garfield & Tobey Maguire's Peter Parkers are going to lớn show up. You simply cannot have a universe-hopping Spider-Man jamboree of this kích thước without Venom, & since the Let There Be Carnage credits scene just deposited him on the MCU's doorstep—with no way trang chủ in sight, I might add—it seems pretty likely we'll be gifted with Tom Holland reacting to the endlessly sweaty full-body freakout that is Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock as soon as December 17.
2. Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness: It is, lớn be fair, right there in the title. Venom sticking around in the MCU long enough khổng lồ also appear in Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange sequel would be exciting for several reasons, but the one that warms my heart the most is Sam Raimi getting a second crack at the character. The pros & cons of the filmmaker's Spider-Man 3 need no rehashing, outside the fact that it's aggressively overcrowded. A large part of that is down khổng lồ Sony insisting Venom appear—Raimi wanted lớn focus on Thomas Haden Church's Sandman—resulting in a version of arguably Spidey's biggest foe that felt rushed, underbaked, và inexplicably played by Topher Grace. Raimi coming back to lớn comic book movies 15 years later and getting to try Venom again is a redemption tale for the ages.
After that? The sky's the limit at this point, but recent reports hint that Sony's endgame for its Venom/MCU crossover is a Sinister Six movie, an idea that's been off-and-on for the studio since at least 2013. Things feel as concrete on that front now as they have in years, with versions of Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Sandman, & Electro all hovering around Spider-Man: No Way Home, a Kraven the Hunter movie confirmed at Sony with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the lead, and this Let There Be Carnage credits scene opening the door for Spider-Man himself to swing between studios. It should be noted as well that Tom Hardy, bless him, already has ideas for Venom 3.
Oh, also, Morbius. Morbius is debuting on January 28, 2022. Please keep it in the back of your mind that, as multiverses collide & epic crossovers happen at a rapid rate, at some point Jared Leto is going khổng lồ appear as a vampire. You simply cannot forget about Morbius.
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