Director Ruben Fleischer is excited by the success of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and the Spider-Man crossover potential. Fleischer directed 2018’s Venom, which introduced Tom Hardy’s journalist Eddie Brock, alien symbiotes, and the former’s connection with the iconic Spidey antagonist, Venom. Despite bad reviews by critics, the original Venom was a hit with general audiences thanks to Eddie and Venom’s dysfunctional, yet symbiotic relationship.
Fleisher didn’t return to the helm last year’s follow-up, Let There Be Carnage. Instead, Andy Serkis stepped in to direct the sequel as it further leaned into Eddie and Venom’s odd-couple dynamic. While the duo is in the midst of a falling out, they’re forced to come together and face off against Woody Harrelson as serial killer Cletus Kassidy, who became the host for another symbiote, Carnage. All of that aside, perhaps the film’s most talked-about moment was its post-credits scene, which saw Eddie/Venom make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. A little over two months after the release of Let There Be Carnage, Spider-Man: No Way Home introduced a handful of Sony characters from previous movies to the MCU, including Venom.
In a recent interview with Uproxx to promote his upcoming Uncharted film, Fleischer discussed Venom. When asked whether he’d seen Let There Be Carnage, the director spoke on the film’s success and the character’s subsequent crossover potential established in No Way Home. Read the full quote below:
“I’m just really happy that the movie performed and that people are still investing in Eddie’s story and journey,” said Fleischer. “And I think seeing the teaser at the end of No Way Home is really exciting at the possibility of those two characters colliding in their paths.”
Peter’s magical missteps in No Way Home brought Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men, and their respective villains, into the MCU. Hardy’s Eddie/Venom was the outlier—a character who’d never fought a spandex-wearing webslinger and seemingly doesn’t know Peter Parker is Spider-Man. The symbiotic pair’s brief appearance in the film came courtesy of yet another credits scene, this one seeing the duo ask the hotel bartender questions about the MCU before being hilariously transported back to the Sony universe. However, they did leave behind a small piece of symbiote.
No Way Home’s writers have since explained how Venom made the MCU trip thanks to the symbiote’s hive knowledge; somewhere in the multiverse, a Venom variant knows Spider-Man’s secret identity. For example, Venom knows Spider-Man’s identity in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, a film made canon in the MCU’s latest outing. That being said, Venom isn’t a villain in Sony’s Universe, and Let There Be Carnage’s sequel likely won’t take place in the MCU. But fans want to see Spider-Man and Venom crossover. Now that the multiverse has been established, Garfield’s Spider-Man could very well appear alongside Hardy’s Eddie/Venom in the future. On top of that, No Way Home’s mid-credits scene foreshadowed a new Venom, one who may not get along with Holland.
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