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Venom 2’s post-credits scene explained

While the carnage is still setting in, everyone is still talking about the post-credits scene in Venom 2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage opens in theaters this weekend and fans can finally see if the hype matches reality.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage follows the first film, which featured reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) who becomes the host of an alien symbiote that transforms him into the overpowered creature Venom. In the sequel, Brock tries to get the scoop by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson). However, Cletus also becomes the host of an alien symbiote, an offshoot of Venom named Carnage.

Carnage was teased in an end credits scene in the first film. Venom 2 also has a similar scene, featuring a very familiar character.

Warning: major spoilers to come!

What happens in the post-credits scene in Venom 2?

The scene – which appears in the middle of the credits and not at the very end – takes place after Eddie defeats Carnage. He’s in a hotel room by the beach, lying on the bed and talking to Venom. Eddie wonders if the symbiote is hiding secrets from him, despite their connection. Venom replies that his kind has been through a lot in the universes (plural), but he will show Eddie “just the smallest fraction of things the Symbiotes have gone through.”

A bright light is flashing. Eddie is in another hotel room in a different tropical location. A report is broadcast on television. This is the unmasking by J. Jonah Jameson of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the role of Spider-Man. This report kicked off the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The scene ends with a random man coming out of the bathroom and asking what Eddie is doing in his bedroom. Cut to black.

What does the post-credits scene in Venom 2 mean?

First off, the end credits scene confirms that Eddie Brock and Venom are now in the same universe – the Marvel Cinematic Universe – as Holland’s Spider-Man.

We say “now” because it’s not clear if they were in the MCU before the bright light / location change that occurred in the scene. As MCU fans are well aware, the Multiverse is a thing now and will get even bigger with the next Marvel movies.

In particular, Spider-Man: No Way Home (opening December 17) reportedly introduced earlier versions of the character to the current timeline. There are rumors that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are making an appearance. And the trailer for No Way Home clearly shows past villainous Doc Ock (Alfred Molina, from 2004 Spider-Man 2) and tease Electro (Jamie Foxx, from 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

By adding that sting to the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Sony and Marvel seem to be hinting that Dutchman Peter Parker and Venom will face each other at some point. Then again, this little trip to the MCU could be brief. It’s unclear how the multiverse storylines will play out or where anyone will end up.

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