When reflecting on just how much superhero cinema has dominated the mainstream throughout the 2010s, you’d be wise to cite 2018.

The biggest moviegoing event of the year was certainly Avengers: Infinity War, but we also tucked into such epics as Aquaman and Black Panther, while enjoying the comic-book-inspired spectacle of Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

These were all championed by audiences for different reasons, as was the long-awaited vehicle for Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, many fans found it a refreshing slice of superhero action because it arguably felt reminiscent of the films we’d have gotten during the comic book movie boom of the early 2000s.

It didn’t take itself too seriously and instead opted to offer audiences a blast of fun.

With the sequel making its way into cinemas in October and the hype for Spider-Man: No Way Home building, viewers have found themselves considering potential surprises. Is Tom Holland in Venom: Let There Be Carnage?

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Is Tom Holland in Venom: Let There Be Carnage?

No, the 25-year-old Spider-Man actor does not reprise his MCU role in the 2021 Venom sequel.

While in conversation with Variety, Sandford Panitch – Sony Picture Motion Pictures Group President – said of Spider-Man’s absence in the forthcoming film: “We don’t really think of our 900 characters as the Spidey-verse. We have a Marvel universe. The volume of characters we have — you know, wait until you see this next Venom. You don’t miss Spider-Man…”

However, he also teased: “It’ll be exciting if they do meet, right?”

Looking ahead, the film’s director – Andy Serkis – also explained to IGN:

“They’re unaware, at this point of other characters like Spider-Man. So that’s the way we’ve chosen to play this particular episode of the movie but well, we’ll wait and see, what little things you can pick out of it.”

The “we’ll wait and see” sure sounds optimistic, and for good reason.

In a more recent interview with IGN, Andy addressed fan hopes: “They want to know if Venom is gonna meet Spider-Man, but personally, it’s never gonna happen. I’m only joking, of course it’s gonna happen…”

The confirmation is sure to be heavenly music in the ears of Spidey fans, but there’s more…

Venom: Let There Be Carnage | Official Trailer 2

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Venom 2 end credits scene rumours

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR LET THERE BE CARNAGE

Audiences have reacted on Twitter to an early screening of the film and some are praising the post-credits carnage.

While the details of the scene haven’t officially been confirmed, Gizmodo addresses rumours that it shows Eddie Brock and Venom watching TV. On the screen we witness footage that confirms Tom Holland’s Spider-Man exists in Venom’s universe.

Others have suggested that Eddie witnesses the footage of Mysterio revealing Spidey’s identity from the ending of Far From Home.

You can check out some Twitter reactions below:

“You could be missing out”

In the aforementioned September interview with IGN, Andy was sure to stress the importance of not rushing into the colossal crossover:

“Look, it depends when you want to get there, and also, what the appetite is. If people want more Venom stories, then, to jump straight to Spider-Man, you could be missing out on so many great supervillain characters in between now and then. So, in a way, by rushing to it, you might be closing the door.”

So, although we may not see Tom reprise the web-slinger in a third installment, it’s looking pretty inevitable down the line all the same.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives in cinemas on Friday, October 1st 2021.

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