Sony’s Venom movie included plenty of Easter eggs and references to the comics, signaling the studio’s intention to spawn a cinematic universe with its own Marvel characters. And, like most modern comic book movies, this one includes an extra scene during the credits.
Technically, Venom has two credit scenes, but – without spoiling – only one of them has to do with this franchise’s future. The scene introduces an iconic Marvel Comics character, and it gives us a good idea of what to expect from the sequel…assuming it happens.
So in the mid-credits scene of Venom, Eddie Brock lands an interview with none other than Cletus Kasady, a serial killer locked up at San Quentin Prison. Kasady begins to talk with Brock, warning him that when he gets out, there will be “carnage.” And, yes, Kasady is played by Woody Harrelson.
This obviously confirms plans to bring in Carnage for the Venom sequel. Carnage is one of the most prominent Symbiotes in Marvel Comics, so fans were surprised that he wasn’t in this movie…at least before the mid-credits scene.
Director Ruben Fleischer speaks with CinemaBlend about Carnage. He explains that Harrelson was his first pick for the role, based on his performance in Natural Born Killers. He then shares his excitement to pit Carnage and Venom against each other in the next movie. “Carnage is going to be… just thinking about Venom pitting off against Carnage is just so exciting. And hopefully fans leave the movie really looking forward to that next one. Because I think also just seeing Tom and Woody go head to head, you know, those are two great actors that I think can really create some exciting scenes.”
Venom is already making big money, setting a new record for October opening weekends. So, despite negative reviews from critics, Sony will most likely move forward with a sequel. And with that comes Carnage’s proper big screen debut.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Venom is now playing at a theater near you. Click HERE to check out our review of the movie.