After multiple changes made to the Venom: Let There Be Carnage release date, it finally hits theaters in the US on October 1.
Tom Hardy is back as the journalist by day, man-eating-alien by night Eddie Brock. He's joined by Woody Harrelson taking on the role of Cletus Kasady aka Carnage in this sinister sequel.
The MCU alum Andy Serkis took over the director's chair for this latest installment of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. This dark, comedic action-adventure on the streets of San Francisco will pin Brock up against Kasady, a serial killer on death row.
Many fans are already looking beyond the horizon, hoping that one day Venom will meet Spider-Man in either the MCU or SSU.
Serkis recently confirmed that "of course, it's going to happen" when asked if Venom and Spidey would ever meet. However, there's been no imminent evidence that this will happen other than Sony captioning their marketing material for Venom 2 with "the universe is expanding."
In an attempt to begin clearing this up for fans, Venom 2's director has offered his input on where the franchise stands in relation to the MCU.
Andy Serkis Confirms Spider-Man Is Coming
In a recent interview with Deadline's Hero Nation Podcast, director Andy Serkis once again addressed the ties between Sony's VenomVerse, the MCU, and Spider-Man.
Serkis begins by mentioning that star Tom Hardy, screenwriter Kelly Marcel, and the producers at Sony Pictures have "an arc" and "somewhere down the line, they weren't just thinking about individual movies, they were thinking about where eventually it's going to go."
He continues by referencing his previous work on the Planet of the Apes saying "at what point do you want to land back at the beginning of the story? Where do you land fully into the MCU?"
The Let There Be Carnage director doubled down on the fact that their plan "still leaves room for other explorations in the VenomVerse before we finally get fully [in the MCU]."
Finally, Serkis said that he thinks "Venom can come up against before he gets to, let's place this very clearly, before he gets to Spider-Man."
Venom Makes His MCU Debut?
Warning: This section contains SPOILERS for Venom: Let There Be Carnage
During the mid-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Eddie and Venom are watching TV in a hotel room when Venom is about to show Eddie some of the symbiotes' long history. But right as he begins to show him, their TV begins to flicker, wind starts blowing, and a beam of light pierces through the open door.
Suddenly, their hotel room looks much different - including what's playing on the TV.
Now, JK Simmons' J. Jonah Jameson is spouting off about Peter Parker being revealed as Spider-Man via TheDailyBugle.net. When Tom Holland's Spider-Man is shown maskless, Venom says "that guy" and licks the TV screen over Parker's face.
Venom denied that it was him that turned their world upside down. And now, MCU, Venom, and Spider-Man fans alike are thrown into pandemonium.
Is Venom officially in the MCU? How did he get there? Will he appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home? So many questions leaving the theater and much speculation to follow until December 17.
In theory, the spell cast by Doctor Strange during the first No Way Home trailer, opened up the multiverse in some way for villains like Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and now Venom to enter the MCU.
However, the same spell is supposed to cause everyone to forget Peter Parker is Spider-Man, and when Eddie and Venom seemingly enter the MCU, Jameson is still rambling about Parker as the Masked Menace.
It turns out Venom and Spider-Man clashing in the MCU could happen a lot sooner than Serkis or anyone else involved with Let There Be Carnage led fans to believe. Will Spidey and Venom meet when Spider-Man: No Way Home comes out on December 17?
Until then, check out Venom: Let There Be Carnage, now playing in theaters.