Will 'Venom’s Last Dance' Finally Connect with Spider-Man?

Sony’s distinct strategy with its Spider-Man universe frequently highlights characters other than Spider-Man, suggesting a possible move away from uniting Venom and Spider-Man.
Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "Venom" - Arrivals
Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "Venom" - Arrivals / Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages

Venom, the antihero franchise led by Tom Hardy, has been a standout in Sony’s extended Spider-Man universe. Hardy’s dynamic portrayal of Eddie Brock and his symbiotic partner, Venom, has turned this series into a billion-dollar success.

Fans eagerly await a crossover with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, especially after the tantalizing post-credits scene in "Let There Be Carnage." However, the trailer for "Venom: The Last Dance," slated for release this fall, seems to cast doubt on that long-anticipated meeting. Let’s dive into the details.

In the trailer, we see Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a relentless military officer, interacting with a bartender played by Cristo Fernandez of "Ted Lasso" fame. Notably, Ejiofor’s character acquires a piece of a Venom-like symbiote from this bartender. This scene is significant if you've been following the Venom series closely.

At the end of "Let There Be Carnage," Eddie Brock and Venom appear to be transported into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), where they acknowledge Peter Parker's Spider-Man. Later, in "Spider-Man: No Way Home," Eddie is seen learning about the MCU before being abruptly sent back to his universe, leaving behind a fragment of the symbiote.

Ejiofor, who already plays Mordo in the MCU’s "Doctor Strange," interacting in this scene raises questions about multiversal continuity. Is this a multiverse variant scenario, or has there been a slip in maintaining the plot's coherence?

The trailer's implications suggest Sony might be stepping back from integrating Venom into the MCU. Sony’s unique approach to its Spider-Man characters often focuses on non-Spidey entities, possibly indicating a shift away from bringing Venom and Spider-Man together. This raises several questions about the future of Holland’s Spider-Man, especially regarding the potential inclusion of Venom in his storyline.

Ultimately, fans might have to wait until "Venom: The Last Dance" hits theaters on October 25 to see how these threads untangle. Will Eddie Brock ever share the screen with Peter Parker, or will Venom’s escapades remain separate? Only time will tell.

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