Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The Venom series has been Sony's superhero pride and joy. With Spider-Man having fun over at Marvel Studios, Venom was their way of having their own Spider-Man universe—just without the webslinger himself.
Tom Hardy's first film as the symbiote, despite being critically panned, did well financially. This led to the creation of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which introduced the infamous Cletus Kasady and his blood-bonded symbiote Carnage.
The sequel still hasn't faired all that well with critics, though it's certainly doing better than the first film. What's really catching everyone's attention is the movie's after-credits scene, which shows Eddie Brock and Venom being brought into the MCU—with Venom getting his first glimpse of Tom Holland's Spider-Man.
With how exciting that scene alone is, the film's director, Andy Serkis, has revealed that at one point, Spider-Man was included in the actual story of the film.
Let There Be Spider-Man
For those that have already seen Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the reveal that Spider-Man is Venom's next stop must have been a highlight of the movie. The after-credits scene has far-reaching implications that could mean big things in the future, but was this always the plan?
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, the film's director, Andy Serkis, revealed that it was "100 percent in flux," and that "there were moments" during development when the Web-Slinger would've had a larger role in the sequel's main story.
"100 percent in flux, yeah. It couldn’t have been more in flux-y if you tried. (Laughs.) Yeah, of course, it was something that they talked about from before I even came on to the movie. There were moments where [Spider-Man] was going to be in the story, potentially, and then he wasn’t. But no, we decided that we wanted to really examine the Venom-verse first. So as we were going through principal photography, the inevitable discussions had to be had, but it wasn’t until very, very late on that we reached the precise notion of the teaser that we wanted to lay in there."
Maybe One Day, Spider-Man
That after-credits scene holds so many implications and potential for the future of Tom Hardy's Venom. Yet, even with the exciting direction in which the franchise is heading in, it's hard not to wonder how incredible it would have been to have had Tom Holland's Spider-Man in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Sure, the film is already rushed and packed to the brim as it is, but would there be anything cooler than watching a three-way fight between Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage? It would have blown endless minds around the world.
Sadly, that's not what was in store for our timeline. But hey, not all hope is lost. While Venom ate the Carnage symbiote, what does that even mean? Certainly feels like something the gooey Carnage could ooze out of and find another suitable host—one to take the MCU on by storm.