An Easter Egg from Venom: Let There Be Carnage teases that Cletus Kasady may have been associated with Spider-Man long before Eddie Brock.
An Easter egg from Venom: Let there be carnage suggests that Carnage may have been associated with Spider-Man before the film’s shocking post-credit sequence.
Before turning into Carnage, Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady was contained within the walls of The Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. Sony has released an Easter egg roll for Venom: Let there be carnage which gives a closer look at Cletus’ cell and highlights the many etchings he carved into his walls. The review opens with quotes from Lord Byrons Prometheus, William Blakes Hell’s proverb and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, each reflecting Cletus’ inner turmoil. While these provide valuable insight into themselves, a few drawings may have even greater implications, as the footage reveals that the future Carnage carefully carved both a spider and a bat into his cell wall and teased the presence of Spider-Man and Morbius in Married‘s world.
This is not the only connective tissue in between Venom: Let there be carnage and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Post-credit scene off Gift 2 shows Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock watching TV when a dazzling light suddenly flashes in the sky, after which his hotel room is drastically transformed as if he were teleported to another reality. The TV show changes to show JK Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson, who talks about Spider-Man’s true identity, almost identical to Spider-Man: Far from home‘s mid-credits scene. Venom then sees Tom Holland’s Peter Parker appear on screen before saying “That guy” and licking the TV. Although this scene might suggest that Venom was already aware of Spider-Man, its location at the end of the film suggests that it takes place sometime after Doctor Strange’s actions in Spider-Man: No Way Home. That would mean that Carnage’s connection to Spider-Man precedes the fusion of worlds, as his cell is shown in the film before this scene takes place.
Although Marvel Studios has not commented on the links between Sony’s Venomverse and MCU, evidence is beginning to pile up. The second trailer for Morbius was filled with references to Spider-Man, from the infamous Daily Bugle to the graffiti of the web head and even a performance by Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes, last seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming. When paired with Holland’s own passionate pitch for a Spider-Man / Venom crossover, it looks like the writing is on the wall for Spidey.
Whether Spider-Man meets Venom or not, it’s clear that Sony is convinced of the future of its own cinematic universe. The studio officially added two “Untitled Sony / Marvel Universe” movies to its 2023 calendar for June 23, 2023 and October 6, 2023. It has not been confirmed whether these will be further sequels of Married, Morbius or even another part of Spider verse animated film series, but their existence shows that Sony has no plans to slow down.
Venom: Let there be carnage will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on December 14th.
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