While Marvel Studios remains in the headlines for its almost non-stop release schedule through the end of 2021, Sony Pictures is taking the baton and running with it thanks to the newest addition to Sony's Spider-Man Universe.
October brought the long-awaited debut of Tom Hardy's Venom: Let There Be Carnage, a movie that faced a constantly changing release over the past few months. In exciting fashion, the theatrical exclusive is making a major impact from a box office perspective as it earned the highest-grossing opening weekend of any movie in 2021.
Featuring a terrifying new villain in Woody Harrelson's Carnage along with more hilarious interaction between Eddie Brock and his constantly-hungry Symbiote, the stage is set for another entertaining addition to Sony's superhero movie catalog.
This all comes before Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is already being teased as the most ambitious solo superhero movie ever made.
Thanks to Sony serving as the home for both Venom 2 and Spider-Man 3, the studio is taking the opportunity to promote both of them during its latest theatrical run.
No Way Home on the Venom 2 Train
After Sony Pictures' Venom: Let There Be Carnage premiered in theaters, the official Twitter page for Spider-Man: No Way Home shared its own message to keep the hype for both movies going. The page sent out a Tweet that simply read "so… anyone see any good movies lately?" to help promote Tom Hardy's symbiotic sequel.
This led to various entertaining responses, one of which came from the official Sony Music Soundtracks page. The Sony division took the cue from its leader by mentioning the Venom sequel as it finishes its opening weekend:
"idk have you heard of this movie named Venom?"
User @VarietySpidrPg took the comedic route with their response, including a promo image of Venom and Carnage with the word "cinema" over it along with the text "Venom 2: Let There Be Cinema."
Another tweet from @xdRyanRPG teased the highly-discussed post-credits scene in Venom: Let There Be Carnage:
"Defo a reference to let there be carnage post credit scene"
Popular visual artist @BossLogic joined in on the fun with a funny but sad nod to the state of affairs in Australia, which is still on lockdown due to COVID-19 protocols. Speaking for the country's capital Melbourne, he shared the quote "we ain't got those no more" with crying/laughing emojis.
No Way Home & Venom Teasing Fans
Questions have flooded the internet for years on whether Sony's catalog of Spider-Man characters and movies would find their way into the MCU, especially with Tom Holland's web-slinger playing such a key role in its future. With Venom 2 and No Way Home now coming in with such hype, especially as these rumors pick up once again, Sony is clearly using it to its advantage from a marketing standpoint.
Much of this hype has to do with Venom: Let There Be Carnage's post-credits scene, which is playing a key role in Sony's promotional campaign as fans flock to theaters to see what happens.
This scene is rumored to show the first teases of Venom potentially having a gateway into the MCU, which would certainly be a monumental moment for both franchises and the comic book movie world as a whole. This will undoubtedly continue to build over the coming weeks as more fans get the chance to see the movie in theaters, but the teases alone are enough to put Sony on top of the world for the time being.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been arguably the most talked-about movie on Earth for the better part of the year, with the multiverse set to unravel and past Spidey outings possibly becoming canon in the MCU. It makes perfect sense that Venom is aboard this hype train, and it remains to be seen just how quickly it will chug along.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now playing in theaters. Spider-Man: No Way Home will premiere on December 17, 2021.