If you have not seen Spider-Man NWH, there are some minor spoilers here, fyi. For those of us who have seen the amazing film, we know the excitement and brilliant way the characters across the movie franchises come together. Screenwriters Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna recently shared how their initial drafts start even bigger than what we got. Of course some cutting would have to happen to give specific characters the story and screen-time they deserve. We did get an epic team-up of villains (and Spider-Men). However, many were hoping for the addition of one more villain. It would make it the Sinister Six. Who were many (including myself) hoping for? After the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, many had their finger’s crossed for Tom Hardy’s Venom.
By no means does the lack of the Sinister Six take away from the film. Really, it would be MORE icing on the cake. So, while I was not disappointed, I did think that the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage made way for more of a role for Tom Hardy and Venom.
Sommers and McKenna describe initial ideas that have MJ (Kirsten Dunst), Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and Aunt May (Sally Fields). However, they just could not make the characters fit.
Tom Hardy’s Venom on the other hand is heavily part of the discussion for the final battle. Unfortunately, it does not work out that way and Tom Hardy’s Venom makes the post-credits just to be removed from the universe. While it is a nice nod, I did want more. He does leave part of the symbiote behind opening the door for a Venom in Tom Holland’s Spider-verse.
Some are still confused as to how Tom Hardy’s Venom knows Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the first place. Sommer and McKenna explain:
“The idea is that the symbiote has knowledge of other universes. Buried in his brain is some knowledge of that connection.”
The build up after Venom: Let There Be Carnage suggests that there may be a larger role for Tom Hardy’s Venom in Spider-Man: NWH. Although it does not come to be, the rejuvenation for Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man to return does open the door for a meet up with Tom Hardy’s Venom. While I did want him in the film, there is a delicate balance of characters (which Marvel always does well). Adding another, such as Tom Hardy’s Venom, could have taken away from somewhere else. In the end, we do know that the door is open for something more down the road.
Were you hoping to see Tom Hardy’s Venom in Spider-Man: NWH? Do you think they could have fit him in more? It’s still cool to think about their discussion of him joining the final battle. Although with him being more of an anti-hero, would he help the villains or the Spider-Men? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!