Sony’s third attempt at a Spider-Man universe is off to a strong start, thanks to the excellent Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the enjoyable original Venom, and its pretty great sequel. Venom: Let There Be Carnage, like any great sequel, has much bigger plans for Sony’s franchise.
Let There Be Carnage sets up a teaser for its own sequel just before the credits, as it appears that a new symbiote has arrived. The real thrill comes from the mid-credits scene, in which the sequel broadens Eddie and Venom’s horizons and expands his entire universe.
Venom only has one mid-credits scene. There is nothing at the very end of the credits, so you’re fine to leave once you’ve made it that far.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the … trailer for Morbius: the Living Vampire.]
For the time being, Eddie and Venom are taking a tropical vacation after saving the world from Carnage. The two are laying in bed watching a Spanish-language soap opera when the post-credits scene begins, prompting Eddie to wonder if Venom keeps secrets from him. Eddie’s mind couldn’t handle it, Venom explains, because he has access to aeons of collective Symbiote hive-mind knowledge that spans thousands of universes and realities.
In other words, yes he hides stuff all the time. But as a show of good faith, Venom says he’ll show Eddie just one example.
The room begins to shift as Venom prepares to show Eddie something, and the Symbiote becomes concerned. Their hotel room transforms completely, the sky brightens, the movie’s entire look shifts, and they’re transported to a similar but slightly different hotel room — possibly in another universe.
As a side note, if we’re making educated guesses, it appears that all of this is happening at the same time that Dr. Strange casts the spell seen in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.
There’s a new show on Eddie and Venom’s TV in this alternate reality, which Marvel fans will recognise as the after-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home. Before showing a photo of Tom Holland in the Spider-Man costume without his mask, J.K. Simmons, who has twice played J. Jonah Jameson in live-action Spider-Man franchises, reveals that Spider-true Man’s identity is Peter Parker.
Neither Eddie nor Venom knows exactly what’s happening but Venom says, “that guy …” before trailing off and licking the TV image of Peter.
All of this is a long way of saying that Eddie and Venom appear to have crossed over from their own reality into the Marvel universe we’ve known for the past 13 years, since the release of Iron Man. The big question is whether they’ll appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will be released in theatres this December.
Michael Keaton’s Vulture will appear in Sony’s upcoming Morbius: The Living Vampire, which could mean more crossovers are on the way. For the time being, Sony and Marvel have an agreement that allows Spidey to live in the MCU, allowing Sony to promote the character while also providing Marvel with one of its most iconic heroes — and stars. Despite this agreement, Sony retains ownership of the superhero, and it intends to milk its Marvel properties for all they’re worth in the near future, with a slew of Spidey-related films on the horizon.