For some time now, Marvel fans have hotly debated whether Venom and Sony's other superhero outings take place within the MCU. While this has been explicitly denied many times, Michael Keaton's Vulture popping up in the Morbius trailer left some a little confused.
Whatever the case, Sony appears determined to eventually see Tom Holland's Spider-Man crossover into its other Marvel projects, including an eventual meeting with Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock aka Venom.
It's hard to believe that it's already been two years since Sony briefly pulled Spider-Man from the MCU and started formulating alternative plans for a third Holland-led film. Luckily for fans, the studios managed to reconcile the deal, and now No Way Home is just a few months away.
Even with Spidey back in the MCU, Sony remains determined for its blockbuster Venom films to crossover with Spider-Man, and recent evidence has indicated that it could be coming sooner than expected.
Tom Hardy Wears No Way Home Production Gift
Twitter user @SpiderManBRA shared an image of Venom star Tom Hardy wearing a Spider-Man: No Way Home production hat which was given as a gift to the cast and crew of the Marvel Studios blockbuster.
This could potentially indicate the British actor's involvement with the film in some capacity, potentially in a post-credit scene or as a member of No Way Home's multiversal Sinister Six.
The photo, along with an additional image that gives an up-close look at the hat design, can be seen in the Tweet below:
Tom Hardy wearing a #SpiderManNoWayHome hat. Looks to be the same one that cast and crew were given 👀 #Venom #VenomLetThereBeCarnage pic.twitter.com/NYaeDytROO
Is Venom in Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Seeing Tom Hardy spotted in a hat that was supposedly only given to the cast and crew of Spider-Man: No Way Home certainly seems to indicate the actor's involvement with the film in some capacity.
Early reactions to Tom Hardy's Venom: Let There Be Carnage have indicated the Marvel sequel has a jaw-dropping post-credit scene. With Sony's superhero blockbusters releasing a matter of months apart, it's entirely possible fans will be treated to a Spider-Man-centric crossover tease.
For some time now, Sony has been hinting at its intentions to tie Tom Holland's Spider-Man into its own universe of Marvel characters, something No Way Home offers a perfect opportunity for.
It's extremely unlikely Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige, would consider letting Sony set its Spider-Man spin-offs in the MCU. The multiverse offers an avenue for Spidey to pop up in both universes without the Venom or Morbius universes being directly connected.
With Sony pulling out all the stops to make No Way Home the biggest Spider-Man movie yet, the studio will struggle to match the film's scale in a potential fourth film. Making Tom Holland's next heroic outing a crossover with the Venom franchise would be a great way to avoid scaling down too far from all the multiverse antics.
Fans will have to wait until Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021 to see if Eddie Brock pops up. But before then, Tom Hardy's iconic Symbiote will next be seen in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, in theaters on October 1, 2021.