Venom: Let There Be Carnage may set the stage for a Venom-Spider-Man team-up as Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, finally gives in to his symbiote partner’s insistence that they are superheroes in the film. If that happens, Tom Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will finally be on screen together. This would be a first for the superhero movie subgenre, even though the two protagonists have previously appeared on screen together.
Following the events of 2018’s Venom, Venom 2 continues the story. The symbiote is now a part of Eddie Brock’s body. However, he’s changed his mind about allowing Venom to feed on criminals and is now eating live chickens instead. When it comes to protecting San Francisco from evildoers, Venom is adamant, and not just because he wants to dine with them.
As Eddie and Venom’s relationship degenerates, Cletus Kasady, a death row inmate and serial killer, is transformed into the terrifying red symbiote, Carnage. When Kasady and his longtime lover Frances Barrison aka Shriek, kidnap Eddie’s ex-girlfriend Anne, Eddie and Venom reunite (literally) and embrace their heroic natures.
Despite being one of Spider-most Man’s feared enemies, Venom has yet to be encountered by Tom Hardy’s character. That, however, appears to be on the verge of a shift. “Anywhere that needs a Lethal Protector…” Eddie Brock responds when Venom asks him where they’ll go next in the final scene of Let There Be Carnage. This is the first time Eddie has embraced the nickname. This name carries symbolic meanings that Venom and his longtime, web-slinging archenemy may soon be partnering up.
The Venom: Lethal Protector series, a six-issue arc published by Marvel Comics in 1993. This is where the Lethal Protector nickname came from. Having promised Spider-Man that he’d leave his villainous past behind, Eddie Brock moves to San Francisco to begin the story. In any case, the wall-crawler is misled into believing that Venom hasn’t changed. This is why he heads to California to face him. Carlton Drake, the leader of the Life Foundation, has bred Venom into five alien symbiotes, and Spider-Man finds himself suddenly up against five of them.
In the end, Spidey and Venom team up to take down the symbiote. The story continues with Venom asking Spider-Man for assistance in fending off Roland Treece’s plan to use explosives. These explosives were required to remove an underground community in order to find hidden gold. In Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the reference to the Lethal Protector is given extra significance because of this history.
In Venom’s first film, both Drake and Reece were introduced and seemingly killed by the symbiote. However, there is still much to be explored in the Lethal Protector story, especially with regard to Venom’s rebellious offspring. Additionally, Venom: Let There Be Carnage’s mid-credit scene shows Venom witnessing The Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) identify Peter Parker as Spider-Man, which was previously revealed in the MCU‘s Spider-Man: Far From Home. Tom Hardy and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man are not too far apart in time, as this clearly shows.
Considering what transpired in Let There Be Carnage, a Spider-Man and Venom team-up could pave the way for a historic Disney-Sony crossover event. Regardless of whether Tom Hardy joins the MCU or Tom Holland switches to Sony. It’s possible that the two of them could work together, much like the fictional on-screen rivals from comic books.