Regardless of what we thought of Venom (if you would like to know you can check out our review), we can at least say that it certainly didn’t leave us hanging on the direction that Sony is heading to with this property. And believe me, it is a doozy. Not unlike Marvel, they too have included multiple post-credit scenes at the end of Venom, leaving audiences with many questions on what is to come.
So if you happen to have walked out of the film early…for whatever reason or were just completely oblivious to the references on screen, relax we got your back. We’re breaking down all the Venom post credit scenes and what it means for Sony’s Marvel.
Oh, and in case you couldn’t tell, spoilers galore ahead.
Carnage Is Coming
In the mid-credit scene, we see Eddie heading to San Quentin Prison to interview an inmate there. He heads to the far end of the facility, where he meets none other than serial killer Cletus Kasady played by Woody Harrelson. The character is seen sporting his classic bright red, unkempt hairdo behind a secondary cell with handcuffs on him. He then proceeds to chat with Eddie as they get into the interview. The scene ends with Cletus telling Brock that “When I get out of here and I will, there’s gonna be carnage.”
Let’s be honest here, if you were any sort of fan of Venom or Spider-Man, you probably saw this coming from a mile away. It’s pretty much confirmed at this point that the film is setting up Cletus Kasady, who later becomes the symbiote host Carnage, as the villain for the next film. Time for a quick crash course on the character. In the comics, Cletus Kasady is a notorious serial killer who later bonds with an offspring produced by Venom’s symbiote after a prison breakout. No, it’s not what you think, it was produced asexually. Anyway, it ended up in infecting the psychopath, giving him Venom’s powers and more.
I for one am very excited about this news. We were hoping that Sony would be going for this route in the future and disappointed to hear that Venom was going to be PG-13. This, however, could be what brings us back to the original gritty Venom we wanted in the first place. To say that Cletus Kasady is a disturbed individual would be a complete understatement. In the comics, the man murdered his grandmother when he was a kid, pushing her down a flight of stairs while yelling “Let’s see you fly grandma.” He also killed his mother’s dog, pushed a girl in front of a moving bus for laughing at him and burned down an orphanage. After years as a serial killer, he was apprehended and shared a cell with Eddie Brock. The rest is history.
With the symbiote, Kasady’s bloodlust only grew stronger as he gained newfound powers. He can create tendrils with razor ends to impale or slice his victims. He can also produce webbing like Venom for swinging and turn his arms into blades for hacking up his victims. Oh, and he can also infect other people including heroes like Captain America, Wolverine, Hawkeye and the Thing with his symbiote, turning them into his insane minions. He’s pretty much the Joker of Sony’s Marvel Universe.
One of the things that Venom suffered from was a weak villain, Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake as the creature Riot. Perhaps Harrelson as the murderous, psychopathic Carnage can reinvigorate this growing franchise. Harrelson has been known for being able to play charismatic and comedic roles in films Zombieland, Now You See Me and Seven Psychopaths. He even has the perfect Southern twang to mirror Kasady’s accent as well. Admittedly, he does look a tad bit older than the in-universe character but that can be looked past. Sony has yet to release date for a sequel to Venom but we do know that Carnage is coming!
Sneak Peek Into The Spider-Verse
On a lighter, less homicidal note, those who stayed till the very end got a brief clip of Sony’s up and coming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. After the credits rolled, a title-card came up stating “Meanwhile, in another universe…”. An alternate version of Spider-Man, played by Miles Morales is seen swinging around the city while trying to avoid an attack of sorts before accidentally knocking down one adult Peter Parker and swinging away. Sony clearly wants Spider-Man to be part of their universe without having to share Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. They seem to be keeping the high-school student turned hero vibe of the MCU’s version, even with the reality-hopping adventures.
The implications of this appearing at the end of Venom is a lot more intriguing than the clip itself. Has Sony found a way to have Spider-Man be in their Venomverse by using a different version of the character? I mean, the marketing material so far has shown that Miles Morales has been travelling between universes, who’s to say he won’t pop up in this one. The transition from animation to reality could be jarring but if there’s a convincing enough explanation then why not? For more details on how the reality of this cinematic universe works, we’ll have to wait till the 13th December when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theatres.
Though the reception for Venom has been less than stellar, it seems that Sony still may have a few more tricks up their sleeves. I mean they can’t be doing any worse than the DCE- I’m sorry I mean “Worlds of DC” is doing. Let’s just hope they knock Spiderverse out of the park.
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