5 things to know about the comic book history of Venom and Spider-Man after the scene in the end credits of Let There Be Carnage 5 things to know about the history of the comic book of Venom and Spider-Man after the Let There Be Carnage end credits scene
Spoiler alert: be warned, there are SPOILERS for Venom: let there be carnage strewn throughout this story. Stop now if you don’t want to spoil anything.
Of all the great villains Spider-Man has fought over the years, few, if any, are as closely related to Marvel’s iconic superhero as Venom. Dating back to the symbiote’s introduction to Marvel Comics in the 1980s, the supervillain was created when the alien organism bonded with Peter Parker’s rival Eddie Brock. The character has quite a history with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, which has seen the two characters cross paths on several occasions and even team up against common enemies on several occasions.
After the shocking turn of events that ended Venom: let there be carnage, it looks like we’ll see Tom Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man share the screen to some extent in the not-so-distant future. That being said, now seems like the perfect time to stop for a moment and look back at the comic book history shared between these characters over the years. But before we do that, let’s talk about that final scene of the sequel …
What Happened In The Venom: That There Be An End Of The Carnage Credits Scene
After beating Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) in Venom: let there be carnage and apparently on the run from the law as Batman in The black Knight, Eddie Brock and Oscar Madison (Venom) in his Felix Ungar are seen in the end credits scene hiding in a run down hotel somewhere in Mexico. After a humorous but informative conversation that ends with the revelation that Venom has access to “eighty billion years of knowledge about beehives across the universes,” the symbiote offers to show its host a taste of this. power and knowledge. But before he can, there’s a flash of technicolor light and a lot of shaking before the two are transported to a much nicer hotel in a seemingly different universe.
At this point we hear J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) deliver the same speech from the Spider-Man: Far From Home end credits sequence where he revealed that Peter Parker is the Web-Slinger. We end with Venom licking Parker’s face on the screen just before the official occupant of the hotel room notices Eddie’s presence and the scene goes black. Could the licking be a reminder of the characters’ shared history?
Eddie Brock wasn’t a fan of Peter Parker even before he became Venom
We’re still in the very early stages of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe version of the whole Venom and Spider-Man dynamic, and the two haven’t even met yet. Nonetheless, the two have quite a long history in the comics, even before the symbiote took on Eddie Brock as their host.
Like Peter Parker, Eddie Brock was at one time a reporter for the Daily Bugle (a fact briefly mentioned in the 2018s Venom), but his time working for one of the best-known newspapers in the Marvel Comics universe ended in a rather abrupt and messy way due to a mistake he made in the killer case in Sin-Eater series. After Brock revealed the wrong man, Peter Parker published an article correcting the error, which led to the one-day supervillain being discredited and fired on the spot. That being said, it’s easy to see why Brock would resent his former colleague, a hatred that was only reinforced when Venom bonded with the former vengeful reporter. But how did this happen? Funny you should ask.
The Venom Symbiote has become attached to Eddie Brock after Spider-Man rejects his powers
Before becoming attached to Eddie Brock and becoming the towering mass of a mad villain, Venom first used Peter Parker as a host when Spider-Man mistook the alien organism for a device supposed to mend ragged costumes. And while the symbiote technically repaired the Spider-Man costume, it did so by essentially taking over Parker’s costume and life, giving him all kinds of extra powers, but also some serious side effects. So much so that Peter finally found a way to end the relationship.
The despised symbiote found Eddie Brock, who was still furious with the whole “Peter Parker losing his job” situation, and the couple quickly formed a bond built on the anger and hatred of their common enemy. Thanks to the symbiote that bonded with Spider-Man, Venom had dark, warped versions of the Web-Slinger’s powers, making Brock’s supervillain a nightmarish version of the likeable Marvel hero.
Venom and Spider-Man once made a truce and indulged in carnage
Even though Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most formidable opponents, the couple bonded with the Marvel Comics Universe when they put aside their differences and turned their attention to Carnage, a serial killer. psychotic turned into a bloodthirsty symbiote. At this point, we have to remember that Carnage spawned Venom, which was born out of Spider-Man, making the situation just as complicated as the family drama surrounding Patrick Mulligan / Toxin.
One of the most fleshed out and well-known examples of Spider-Man and Venom leaving the past (at least temporarily) gone to fight Cletus Kasady is the 1993 14-issue crossover event known as The Maximum Carnange, who saw the mad villain come out of the secret Ravencroft Institute For The Criminally Insane alongside Shriek and cause all kinds of trouble for Peter Parker and Eddie Brock, as well as all of New York City. A video game titled Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage released on Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo the following year, but who knows if that storyline will make it to the big screen.
The movie versions of Venom and Spider-Man have already crossed paths in Spider-Man 3 from 2007
Before Venom: let there be carnage end credits scene, the only other time Spider-Man and Venom have appeared together in a live-action movie was in 2007 Spider-Man 3. The final chapter from director Sam Raimi Spider Man The trilogy was a bloated mess of a blockbuster with so many villains it felt like no one really had time to show up (well, other than Tobey Maguire’s Emo Peter Parker). One of the characters who fell victim to the film’s overbooking was Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) and his descent into madness, leading him to the not-so-loving arms of Venom.
Similar to Eddie Brock’s comic book Venom, this version of the character is a rival of Peter Parker at The Daily Bugle who is fired after faking photos of Spider-Man allegedly committing crimes. Much like the comics, Brock bonds with the Venom symbiote after Parker removes the alien organism from his body, creating the iconic supervillain, but with less than stellar results. Introduced late in the movie, Venom has a fight with Spider-Man before being foiled and defeated in the final showdown in a church.
Hopefully, the eventual encounter of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom feels a bit more like their comic book story and less like the dreaded portrayal of the characters and their relationship in Spider-Man 3. While we wait to learn more about the characters in the future, now is a great time to take a look at all of the upcoming Marvel movies that will be released over the next couple of years.