Like almost all superhero movies, “Venom 2” has a scene in the middle of its credits. And it risks surprising as much as intriguing. We take stock – BEWARE SPOILERS
WARNING – The article below contains spoilers as it returns to the post-credits scene of “Venom 2” and its implications for the future of the franchise. So please go your way if you haven’t seen Andy Serkis’ movie yet.
Even though it’s not part of the MCU, Venom 2 is a Marvel movie. So superheroes. And like almost all the opus of the genre, it is advisable to stay during the end credits, so as not to miss an additional scene.
In 2018, in the first part signed Ruben Fleischer, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) met Kletus Casady (Woody Harrelson), alias Carnage, future villain of the sequel. Directed by Andy Serkis, the latter proceeds differently and teases something much bigger.
WHAT IS HAPPENING ?
After getting rid of Carnage and his sidekick and great love Shriek (Naomie Harris), Eddie and Venom flee to a deserted, peaceful island. The movie ends there, and that’s where we find them, right in the middle of the credits, as they watch a telenovela. Visibly inspired by the atmosphere of the South American soap opera, the symbiote decides to make a revelation to his sidekick: “We all have a past.”
“80 billion light years from a hive of knowledge across the universes would blow up your little brain”, however, he specifies to his host before offering him “a small fraction of what we symbiotes have experienced.” The room then starts to shake, and the two characters find themselves in the same place, arranged differently while the sun is shining outside, and the television is no longer broadcasting a telenovela.
Instead, an unmasked Spider-Man appears, as J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons), editor of the Daily Bugle comments on the fact that a certain Peter Parker is hiding under the mask of the Man. -Spider. A revelation made at the very end of Far From Home, when Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) managed to have him accused of his death.
And Venom seems to know the character played by Tom Holland, as indicated by his “This guy” as he licks the screen with his giant tongue. A man in a towel then comes out of the bathroom, but this is very secondary in this post-credits scene, which ends thus.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?
That Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom can (finally) come to blows. Because the symbiote is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was not the case when the first opus was started. If Sony does indeed have the rights to the characters linked to Spider-Man, it could not involve the latter in the films that the studio would develop on its side. And it is for this reason in particular that the action takes place in San Francisco, when the Weaver evolves in New York.
If winks are hidden in the feature film (like the Daily Bugle by J. Jonah Jameson), Andy Serkis had made it clear that Venom lived in his own world. And the magic of the multiverse makes it possible to develop characters without them meeting as well as to allow them to cross paths by bringing them together thanks to a sleight of hand, as at the end of this film. No doubt the same may be true of explaining the arrival of the X-Men in the MCU and their absence when the Avengers had to face Thanos.
While the Vulture played by Michael Keaton in Spider-Man Homecoming will visibly appear in Morbius with Jared Leto, the arrival of Venom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ties the two sagas a little more together. And revives rumors of the Sinister Six reuniting, a group made up of Spider-Man’s fiercest enemies and whose film training has more than once failed.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN ?
If the purpose of the post-credits scene is clear, a mystery remains: how did Venom go from his universe to the MCU? Is this one of the consequences of the spell cast by Doctor Strange in Spider-Man No Way Home and which turns the multiverse upside down? A priori no.
Because the symbiote arrives when the true identity of the Spider-Man is revealed, so at the end of Far From Home. And it is a little later that Peter Parker calls on the Master of the Mystical Arts, to make sure that the world forgets who is hiding under the mask.
It’s also not related to an upheaval caused by Thanos’ finger-snapping and the …