Venom 2 director Andy Serkis reveals the movie almost included Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the film’s main story.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was originally part of Venom: Let There Be Carnage’s story according to director Andy Serkis. Sony has had hopes of making a Spider-Man cinematic universe for years, and 2018’s Venom proved to be the launching point the studio was looking for. It announced plans for a sequel and other films starring Spider-Man villains like Morbius and Kraven the Hunter. Throughout the early stages of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, the biggest question that has lingered over it is whether or not Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will crossover.
Thanks to the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony to share Spider-Man, Holland’s wall-crawler has been in five MCU movies already. His sixth appearance is coming soon when Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters, but rumors previously swirled that he’d be in Venom or the sequel. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now out in theaters and performing very well at the box office, and much of the hype has come from the film’s post-credits scene. It is during Venom 2’s post-credits that Tom Hardy’s Venom jumps to the MCU and sees Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This tease of them meeting is all that the movie can offer, but it could’ve happened in Venom: Let There Be Carnage at one point.
Venom 2 director Andy Serkis spoke to THR in spoilery-detail about his Marvel movie, and this included him being asked about the film’s game-changing final tease. It was during the interview that Serkis mentioned that the Venom: Let There Be Carnage post-credits scene was in flux throughout development and production. He even revealed that there was a point when Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was meant to appear in Venom 2 in some capacity.
[The mid-credits scene was] 100 percent in flux, yeah. It couldn’t have been more in flux-y if you tried. Yeah, of course, it was something that they talked about from before I even came on to the movie. There were moments where he [Spider-Man] was going to be in the story, potentially, and then he wasn’t. But no, we decided that we wanted to really examine the Venom-verse first. So as we were going through principal photography, the inevitable discussions had to be had, but it wasn’t until very, very late on that we reached the precise notion of the teaser that we wanted to lay in there.
The reveal that Spider-Man almost appeared in Venom 2’s story is quite a surprise, as it could’ve completely changed the direction of the movie. Spider-Man wouldn’t naturally fit into the story that the movie told, but there might have been an idea to have him pop up in the finale to help Carnage. Of course, this would require the entirety of Venom 2 and the franchise taking place within the MCU. Tom Holland’s appearance in Venom: Let There Be Carnage 2021 was instead kept to just being seen in an extended version of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s credits scene with J. Jonah Jameson.
Serkis doesn’t provide any explanation for why Spider-Man doesn’t appear in Venom 2’s story, but there are many factors to consider. Disney and Sony had broken off talks to keep sharing Spider-Man during Venom 2’s development, so Sony may have moved quickly to find a way to bring Spider-Man into the story. However, those plans could’ve been changed again once Spider-Man rejoined the MCU. Even if Sony wanted Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to appear in Venom 2, that might not have been possible due to Phase 4’s schedule and the plan for Spider-Man: No Way Home. While Venom: Let There Be Carnage didn’t ultimately deliver a meeting between Spider-Man and Venom, that seems to be right around the corner now.