While there was some question how Sony’s Venom movies would be met by audiences, two movies in and the answer is clear. Fans love Tom Hardy’s insane take on the antihero symbiote, and that shows in the huge box office for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. It’s taken a long time, but we now have a Venom that fans like, and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man who is beloved, as well. And that has fans wondering if they’re finally going to get the big-screen crossover they’ve always wanted.
There’s reason to be optimistic, especially following the Venom: Let There Be Carnage post-credits scene. There, we see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Venom relaxing on a beach, only to have time and space disrupted by some multiversal madness. When things settle, Venom sees Tom Holland’s Spider-Man on the TV, and immediately wants to gobble up the superhero. The suggestion being that Venom and Spidey now exist in the same universe, but is that necessarily true? Are they saying that the Sony films and the MCU are now one and the same?
Speaking with Collider, Marvel’s Kevin Feige addressed the working relationship between Sony and Marvel Studios, and says it all started because Venom was such a success…
“You look at the obvious comic connotations between Venom and Spider-Man and it is inherent. So the minute Sony made their ‘Venom’ movie and it worked as well as it did, and Tom Hardy became as iconic as he has become as Venom, then the obvious question is then, ‘How do we start to merge them?’”
With Spider-Man: No Way Home dealing directly with the Multiverse, and the Doctor Strange sequel as well, there’s ample opportunity to “merge” these two cinematic universes.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is available now on VOD and December 14th on Bluray. Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17th.