Sony still seems to be intent on building its own fully-fledged Spider-Man cinematic universe, with its upcoming film, Venom, acting as somewhat of a testing ground. While Tom Holland’s Spidey is strongly tied to Marvel Studios’ MCU right now, it doesn’t seem to be stopping Sony from attempting to launch its own Marvel Comics based movieverse on the side. From all the official reports we’ve seen of late, it sounds as though Venom is not linked to the MCU at all and the R-rated project would perhaps benefit more from being set in its own darker world. That said, there have been some rumours that point to Holland making a small appearance in Venom.
Spider-Man may not be the only the only other big comic book character showing up in alongside Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom, as earlier reports indicated that Carnage is going to be involved in some way, perhaps even being the ultimate antagonist in the movie. Woody Harrelson’s late casting caused many to speculate that he would be taking on the role of Carnage but we haven’t heard anything official from him until now.
In an interview with Collider, Harrleson gave confirmation that he is absolutely in Venom, but didn’t elaborate any further giving no hints as to his role. however, his response confirms that he is locked in to appear in the sequel giving more credence to the idea that he is playing a major recurring character akin to a Carnage:
I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyways, just rolled the dice.
If Harrelson is playing Carnage then it seems unlikely that Carnage will be an important character in Venom, given that he’s only in a small segment of the film. Perhaps Cletus Kasady (who becomes Carnage after contact with the symbiote) will be shown in a final scene, or post-credits scene, interacting with Eddie Brock and makes contact with the symbiote, setting up Carnage as the villain for the sequel – which Harrelson seems to have announced plans for in his comments.
We’re sure to hear more about Harrelson’s role in Venom sooner rather than later so stay tuned for more as it happens.
Venom claws its way into cinemas October 5th