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WATCH: Director Andy Serkis explains how Venom: Let there be Carnage fits into the wider MCU

May 17th, 2021 by Marc Comments

So, we know that Sony’s Marvel Universe which kicked off with Venom in 2019 is connected to the MCU albeit in a way that will keep it apart enough that it won’t effect events therein (here).

So, we know that that means Tom Holland’s Spider-man exists in Venom and Morbius – there’s no denying this after the trailer for Morbius feature Michael Keaton as The Vulture from Spider-man: Homecoming (here) and a wanted poster for Spider-man on a wall after the events of Spider-man: Far From Home – so when the trailer for Venom: Let there be Carnage dropped last week (here), we secretly hoped to see a big nod to the wider universe… a quick cameo from Holland’s Spider-man, perhaps?

However, it never came. And director Andy Serkis is keen to explain why it didn’t as Venom: Let there be Carnage is is “very much his [Venom’s] own world”.

However, he’s quick to point out in a new video where he breaks the trailer down (below), that this doesn’t mean it’s not connected but rather it’s not connected in a major way. At least not yet.

“Obviously, there are links between Venom and Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and the Spider-Man story,” Serkis says, “But in this, you know 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 that just like this newspaper Daily Bugle, of course.”

So, does Serkis think Tom Hardy’s Venom will ever meet Tom Holland’s Spider-man?

“On the whole… he’s [Venom] unaware,” he says, “They’re unaware at this point of other characters like Spider-Man, so that’s the way we’ve chosen to play this particular episode of the movie, but well we’ll wait and see, we’ll see what little things you can pick out of it.”

Serkis is playing it smart hereby clearly saying there are nods and homages to Spider-man and that bigger world but, as of now, they’re yet to clash… which makes me believe that when we see Vulture and Morbius meeting in the Morbius trailer, it’s likely because we’re seeing the beginnings of the Sinister Six, Spider-man’s villainous enemy team-up… and that could mean we’ll see Carnage and maybe Venom drawn in eventually.

Remember, it’s all connected.


Venom: Let There Be Carnage slithers into theaters on September 24, 2021.

Director Andy Serkis exclusively breaks down the first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage with IGN, pointing out all the Easter Eggs and Marvel Comics references as well as explaining the story, characters, and themes explored in this sequel to the 2018 blockbuster. Serkis explains what’s going on between Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and the symbiote Venom at this point in their relationship, and sheds light on Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady and Naomie Harris’ Frances Barrison (aka Shriek).

Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage opens only in theaters on September 24 in the US, September 15 in the UK and September 16 in Australia.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….