After posting a picture of Venom consuming Spider-Man for Halloween, Tom Hardy promptly deleted the post. Eddie Brock, a journalist turned symbiote host, was first introduced to the public in 2018’s Venom, the first film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. On October 1, Hardy returned to the big screen as Venom in the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which went wide in the US.
Tom Holland plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sparked Sony executives’ interest in creating a universe centered on the friendly neighborhood hero. After Venom was a financial success, the two studios renegotiated their agreement to allow Spider-Man to be shared between the two universes, essentially assuring a battle between Hardy and Holland in the future. It appears Brock and Venom will face off in the MCU sooner than expected, as seen in the Venom: Let There Be Carnage end credits scene. This sets them up for an as-of-yet-unconfirmed appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.
Making matters worse, Hardy posted a drawing of Venom poised to slam Spider-head Man’s against the wall on Instagram before deleting it minutes later. The image shows the superhero’s head surrounded by the lines that normally symbolize his Spidey-sense, implying he’d probably swing his way to safety just in time, but the Venom: Let There Be Carnage actor undoubtedly questioned that reading. A cheeky nod to his character’s penchant for both brains and chocolate appeared in his post, which greeted followers a good holiday season and promised them “Halloween treats.”
Assuming Tom Hardy’s Venom makes an appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, he will be one of several legendary villains who will be appearing in the film. When Doctor Strange makes a spellcasting error, he opens the multiverse, allowing characters from previous Spider-Man film franchises to infiltrate the MCU. Following a long hiatus, fans finally got a new glimpse at Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2, while Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was confirmed.
Hardy’s post-and-delete will have Spider-Man: No Way Home fans on the edge of their seats as they await further confirmation of his involvement in the film. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ president, disclosed at the recent Eternals premiere that the filmmaking teams behind No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage collaborated on the film’s shocking ending, which may have given the game away. Although spectators will have to wait for something more official before they can start celebrating, they should keep a watch out for any new material released on Halloween just in case Hardy was dropping hints.