Will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man ever cross paths with the likes of Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom or Jaret Leto’s Morbius? We simply don’t know, yet. But what we do know is that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set to introduce a few links connecting Sony’s Spider-Man universe with the Spider-Man audiences have seen in the MCU.
Eagle-eyed fans might have caught a glimpse of the Ravencroft Institute in the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer. But director Andy Serkis revealed in a trailer commentary with IGN that Ravencroft wouldn’t be the only connection to the wider Spider-Man mythos teased in the film.
What Links Are There?
Throughout the commentary, Serkis remained tight-lipped about what, exactly, his plans were for tying the Sony and Marvel universes together. Instead, he shared that the film would feature a few Easter eggs. These Easter eggs would hint at the MCU, while keeping Venom’s story in its own universe – for now.
“Obviously, there are links between Venom and Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and the Spider-Man story, but in this, we’re treating this very much as it’s his own world. The Venom story is his own world. There are nods and little moments just like this, the newspaper [from the] Daily Bugle, of course, but on the whole, he’s unaware – they’re unaware – at this point of other characters like Spider-Man.”
These Easter eggs may only be teases for now, but it’s exciting to see the Sony movies continue to tie in with the MCU Spider-Man films.
Serkis also elaborated a bit about the Ravencroft Institute.
“This lovely little abode is of course well-known to fans. I’m not going to say too much about it, but of course, it houses some of the world’s greatest supervillains. It’s a secret place not even Detective Mulligan and [the San Francisco Police Department] know about. We get another slightly different entry point into this strange place which of course links up to other Marvel universe characters, particularly Spider-Man stories, of course.”
Comic fans will recognize Ravencroft as a maximum-security prison that holds many of Spider-Man’s villains. There’s no news on who else might be inside Ravencroft, but its inclusion opens the door for some interesting crossovers.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage comes out on September 24. It is written by Kelly Marcel and directed by Andy Serkis. Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock, joined by Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady/Carnage and Michelle Williams as Anne Weying.
How do you feel about these Easter eggs? Are you hoping for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock to eventually cross paths?
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