Have you already gone to see Venom? Are you looking for a safe space to chat about those two end credit scenes? Or maybe you haven’t seen the movie yet, and just want all the fun spoiled for you? Then you’re in luck! I love spoiling things, and I am definitely ready to dish!
First things first: if you’re familiar with the symbiotes of Marvel Comics then you know that there’s more than just Venom oozing around on people. In fact, the film’s climax involves Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy) facing off against billionaire Carleton Drake (Riz Ahmed), who has bonded with his own alien parasite named Riot. While the movie spins Riot as the leader of this group of symbiotes, with Venom as a lower lackey of sorts, in the comics Riot was the bit player. Still, the potential is there for some of the more famous Marvel symbiotes to appear…
Which brings me to the first scene, which arrives mid-credits and finds Eddie heading into San Quentin penitentiary for a very important interview. It seems there’s a dangerous inmate (a serial killer no less) that’s willing to talk… and he’s played by Woody Harrelson, under a garish mop of red curls. And just in case you weren’t picking up on what Sony was dropping, Harrelson reveals his plans for when he gets out of prison. Specifically: “carnage.”
So yeah, looks like the crazy red symbiote, Carnage, is in the works! Harrelson already has a good track record of working with director Ruben Fleischer on Zombieland and the upcoming Zombieland 2. In the comics, Carnage is the ultraviolent gloopy offspring of Venom himself, which ends up bonding to a serial killer named Cletus Kasady in prison (which presumably means Harrelson is playing Kasady). After seeing how well on-screen Venom turned out, thanks to a very game performance from Tom Hardy, I’m more than a little excited to see what happens when Harrelson is given his own alien friend and allowed to cut loose as a villain.
Now for the second bonus scene, which comes after the credits have rolled. And it’s a bit of a misdirect, because it has nothing to do with the world of Venom. In fact, it isn’t even live action. Instead, it’s an extended sneak preview from the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. And it is soooooo good! The scene shows Miles Morales meeting other-verse Peter Parker at the grave of, well, Peter Parker… and then they both get towed painfully through the city after thwipping onto an elevated subway train. It gives a sample of the film’s sense of humor, and a great look at the seriously gorgeous animation style. And best of all? It means that technically, Spider-Man actually IS in Venom!
Hell, he’s in it twice over! WEEEEE!
Header Image Source: Sony Pictures