SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
The screenwriters of Spider-Man: No Way Home claimed that they explored including Venom in the final battle of the film. The film follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he approaches Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell that will make people forget his secret identity, inadvertently bringing in people from every universe who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Electro (Jamie Foxx) are among the villains, as are former Spider-Man iterations (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), and, of course, Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy).
Because of the post-credits sequence of Venom: Let There Be Carnage; which was actually filmed on the Spider-Man set and directed by Jon Watts; fans already knew Venom had invaded the MCU. Eddie Brock and Venom were vacationing on a lonely island when the world shifted around them, and they found themselves in a completely other resort; with news about Peter Parker’s identity blasting from the screen.
That scenario prompted fans to hope Venom would play a bigger role in No Way Home; but the post-credits scene revealed that Eddie and Venom elected to stay on the island; and get drunk before being sent back to their planet; with only a small glob of Venom symbiote being left behind.
Variety has released a spoiler-filled interview with screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has surpassed the $1 billion mark. They provided a number of details, including the fact that their first draught took a “kitchen sink” approach to the plot; squeezing as many legacy characters as possible into it. This featured a discussion over adding Venom in the climactic combat sequence rather than only as a post-credits prank.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, neither Doc Ock nor Sandman have truly malevolent objectives
Venom’s appearance in the final battle would have pushed the total number of villains in the film to six, confirming early speculations that the Sinister Six – or some variant thereof – would appear in the film. Those aspirations, however, were dashed by the reality that this would turn at least half of the film’s villains into anti-heroes. Venom may be hesitant and hungry for brains in his own realm, but he is unmistakably a hero.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, neither Doc Ock nor Sandman have truly malevolent objectives; despite the fact that they fight Peter Parker throughout the film; which would have made creating a satisfying Sinister Six incredibly difficult. Given the success of this instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s very feasible that Venom may be brought back for another huge splashy fight.
With Spider-Man: No Way Home grossing $1 billion in just 12 days, Marvel is obligated to continue developing films based on that model. Fans will undoubtedly hear more about the multiverse in the future, however, it remains to be seen how many performers are prepared to be hired out to the superhero world for even longer.
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