Warning: Full spoilers follow for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
After several months of delays, the long-awaited Venom: Let There Be Carnage, has hit theaters, bringing with it all the symbiotic fun and action you’d definitely expect if you saw the first Venom movie.
The mid-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a story unto itself that has significant implications for the future of the character, but the actual ending to the film tells us that Venom as a franchise is making plans to continue its own story. Here’s how the movie proper ends and what it could mean for the future.
How Venom: Let There Be Carnage Ends?
Venom: Let There Be Carnage ends with Eddie Brock and Venom teaming up after a short break-up to take down the villain Cletus Kasady aka Carnage (Woody Harrelson).
After Cletus rescues his long-time love, Frances Barrison, aka Shriek (Naomie Harris), from her imprisonment, they go to a cathedral to host their own “red wedding.” They bring along some extra witnesses, San Francisco detective Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham) and Eddie’s ex Anne (Michelle Williams), to lure Venom to their location.
Shriek wants revenge on Mulligan for shooting her in the eye, as seen in the flashback at the start of the movie. Cletus wants revenge on Eddie for betraying his trust and moving up his death sentence. Carnage, meanwhile, intends to kill his father: Venom.
Once Eddie and Venom show up, the battle begins, as the pair fight Cletus/Carnage. Because the symbiotes are sensitive to sound — and Shriek’s ability is shrieking violently — she becomes a hindrance to Carnage. That creates a divide between Carnage and his host Cletus, who loves Shriek and doesn’t want her to get hurt. In the middle of the fight, Carnage strikes her.
This is the moment at which Eddie and Venom realize that Cletus and Carnage are not bonded; thus, Carnage will be easier to defeat than they initially realized. With assists from Anne and her fiancé, Dan (Reid Scott), Eddie and Venom successfully eat and defeat Cletus and Carnage.
Who Does Mulligan Become? New Marvel Villain Explained
Patrick Mulligan will likely return in Venom 3. The fact that Let There Be Carnage lingered on Mulligan’s glowing eyes at the end tells us he’ll be back, and that he won’t be the same.
But will Mulligan be a friend or foe? That’s tougher to determine. Venom is much more of a hero than an anti-hero in the film series, especially compared to his depiction in the comics. While Eddie Brock and Mulligan had a contentious relationship in the sequel, they were on the same side. Therefore, it’s likely that the same dynamic will carry through into the third movie.
However, Venom 3 could subvert expectations and turn Mulligan/Toxin into a villain, who will be an excellent match for Eddie/Venom. It would be a missed opportunity not to see these human-symbiote pairs take part in a battle.
We’ll have to wait and see. After all, it seems like the multiverse is the next big thing on Eddie and Venom’s plate.
Was Carnage totally destroyed or he will return?
The outcome of the symbiote battle was shocking. Venom managed to come out as the victor after Shriek’s yell saw Carnage separate from Kasady, who then fell to the ground. This allowed Venom to step in before they could bond again and put Carnage back inside its own symbiote form. As for Kasady, he also meets his end at the conclusion of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Venom bites off Cletus Kasady’s head and leaves his lifeless body in the ruins of the chapel. By all accounts, Carnage and Kasady are dead, but will either of them return?
Carnage is Venom’s biggest villain, and they commonly fight each other throughout the comics. That said, it does seem unlikely that this version of Carnage could ever come back. Kasady is dead, and his digested head inside Venom might still bond with Carnage symbiotic and somehow return later. The multiverse does open the door to other carnage versions. Karl Malus, Norman Osborn, and even Eddie Brock have been Carnage in the comics, so the red symbiote could still return, even if it is without the character’s signature host.
Why is Carnage Red? Symbiote Species Explained
Many of the Symbiote species have their own unique colours, Anti-Venom is white, Sleeper is green, Scream is Yellow, Venom is Black, and Carnage is red.
But there is a specific reason as to why Carnage is red in Venom: Let There Be Carnage and it relates to his origin story in the comic books.
Eddie Brock (Venom) once shared a prison cell with Cletus Kasady (Carnage), but when Brock’s symbiote returned and re-attached to him it managed to leave its spawn in the cell with Cletus Kasady. The spawn of the Venom symbiote then attached itself to Kasady through his bloodstream. Carnage achieves this by entering Kasady’s body through a cut on his hand.
This is the reason why Carnage appears as the colour red, as he entered through the bloodstream, which is of course red.
In the movie, Kasady bites Eddie on the hand and makes a comment about the unusual taste of his blood. Based on what happened in the comic book version of the story, this is likely the moment where Carnage is born into Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.
Venom 2’S Post-Credits Scene Officially Brings Venom To The MCU
In an end-credits scene, Eddie’s seen hanging out in a hotel room that looks like it’s in the New Orleans French Quarter, and Venom asks Eddie if he wants to get a glimpse of the alien’s mind-blowing cosmic knowledge. Eddie accepts the offer, lights flash and there’s a disruption on the TV: All of a sudden, Eddie’s in a totally different, more posh hotel room with a duck towel on the bed. A breaking-news alert comes on the TV that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have seen before: It’s pretty much the end-credits scene from 2019’s“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” where J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) publicly outs teenage Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as Spider-Man.
Venom’s long tongue is seen licking Peter’s image, and he cryptically says, “That guy.”
It appears that somehow Eddie has been transported to the MCU. Or maybe it’s a variant timeline that has both Tom Holland’s Spidey and Tom Hardy’s Venom in it? But no other MCU heroes? It’s impossible to say, because the scene ends so quickly (with Venom licking the TV and being very interested in Spidey, before the proper resident of that universe’s hotel room exits the bathroom and asks a befuddled Eddie what he’s doing there).
Did Venom, in trying to show Eddie a bit of his vast galactic experience, transport Eddie to the MCU? Or did whatever it is that Doctor Strange is up to in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer actually pull Eddie into the MCU, just as it is apparently doing with Doc Ock and other Spidey characters from non-MCU films? We know the multiverse of the MCU is a thing now thanks to the events of Loki, and as depicted in What If…? And it seems like there’s a chance that we’ll at least see Venom in Far From Home, if only in a cameo.