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Spider-Man: No Way Home Sees A Major Plot Hole Through Sony’s Venom

By Soniya Hinduja
November 27,2021

The recent full trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home discloses some major plot details for Marvel’s next instalment in the franchise. However, this new clipping also reveals a plot hole with Tom Hardy’s Venom. The Marvel Cinematic Universe goes above and beyond in No Way Home by including several villains from the previous Spider-Man movies. All thanks to a practical joke pulled by Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.

The film begins with Peter Parker seeking the help of  Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) because he wants his anonymity restored. Peter Parker is freaked out because the world now knows he is the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. And he wishes to make things the way they were again. But then, Parker fortuitously wrongs Doctor Strange’s memory wipe spell. And this mistake is what leads to a breach in the Multiverse, which is how all the Spider-Man villains find a way to enter the MCU. 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage post-credits scene

 As far as appearances go, there is a Venom: Let There Be Carnage post-credit scene that allegedly sheds light on various MCU villains pervading the MCU. Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom are sitting in a hotel room in this particular scene. And suddenly, there is a bright yellow light engulfs the scene, and then their surroundings are shifted. Next, the post-credits scene shows Venom and Eddie ending up in a cleaner, better room.

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Following which there is footage of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man playing on the TV. Venom licks the TV screen. And now we are led to believe that a confrontation is forthcoming. Especially because the moment was so prominent, all the clues point to Hardy’s Venom appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Doctor Strange’s quote about the villains

Although, way before the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the movie has given up a major plot hole. In the second trailer of No Way Home, we see Doctor Strange telling Peter Parker that they’re getting visitors from “every universe” who “all die, fighting Spider-Man.” Now, Venom is among the other villains coming from a different universe. But as a matter of fact, Venom is not dead.

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Tom Hardy’s Venom and Spider-Man Art

Topher Grace’s version indeed saw his imminent death at the end of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. But it has to be considered that Sam Raimi’s was a completely different universe. And it is not Topher Grace’s version that gets perfused into the MCU, which is why it can be said that because of Hardy’s Venom 2 post-credits scene, Doctor Strange’s quote about the villains creates a plot hole in the storyline of No Way Home. 

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Venom does not die at the hands of Spider-Man.

We already know that Tom Hardy’s Venom is not defeated when fighting Spider-Man. This makes the character’s involvement in the movie a problematic angle, which Doctor Strange has yet to clarify. Doctor Strange may be wrong. After all, even the Ancient One was wrong about the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. But we cannot oversee that this quote plays a major role when Strange is casting his spell. 

Spider-Man No Way Home promo art with Doctor Strange

Spider-Man No Way Home promo art with Doctor Strange

Interestingly, Marvel’s boss Kevin Feige talked about this in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He admitted that the Venom 2 post-credit scene required coordination with the No Way Home team. This makes it easier to believe that Venom was incorporated into the MCU through the same spell that brought in the other villains. Also, even Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman appears in the film.

And it is not like he was defeated at the hands of Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Either of the characters likely saw their lives end at a later moment which was not shown. However, Venom is still alive. And because the villain will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange’s explanation does not sit well with the facts. 

So, was it intentional, or will the plot hole risk Parker’s movie?

Making speculations purely based on Marvel’s chaotic trailers is a long shot at understanding what will happen. The MCU is known for its signature move of editing its trailers in a way that confuses fans. And we already have potential clues that suggest that certain characters were deliberately removed from the No Way Home trailer.

So if Marvel did tweak Doctor Strange’s quote to create the apparent plot hole, then Venom could make an appearance in the movie. No explanations are required. But if what Strange says is true, and if all the villains have seen their deaths at the hands of Spider-Man, and if Venom is one of the villains, then safe to say. One of Peter Parker’s major issues in the movie will be this Spider-Man: No Way Home plot hole.

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