Spider-Man: No Way Home saw three Spider-Men facing off with a host of foes from across the multiverse, but one who only made it into the post-credits scene was Tom Hardy’s Venom.
After Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Venom jumping across universes into the MCU, many fans were hoping to see them take on a larger role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Venom’s mention of a Symbiote hive mind that spanned multiple universes even introduced the possibility that Venom could already be aware of Spider-Man, thanks to his alternate selves’ battles with the wall-crawler. Ultimately, however, Eddie and Venom only appeared in the post-credits scene of No Way Home, which saw them return to their own universe.
Speaking with Empire, Spider-Man: No Way Home co-writer Chris McKenna revealed this wasn’t always the plan. McKenna revealed that multiple versions of the movie were discussed, including some where Venom would have a larger role. “So Eddie Brock makes it to the MCU but he never makes it out of a bar,” McKenna said of Brock’s role in the film. “But there were versions where he shows up earlier.”
The No Way Home writer went on to talk about plans to incorporate Tom Hardy’s Venom into the film’s final battle at the Statue of Liberty, including a version that saw Venom never making it to the climactic fight due to traffic. “We were going to try to have him show up at the Statue of Liberty [for the final fight], and we were even toying with having him stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel,” McKenna said.
Ultimately, these plans were obviously abandoned in favor of leaving Eddie and Venom for the post-credits scene. Perhaps a film with three universes, three Spider-Men, five villains and a Master of the Mystic Arts to cover was just too crowded to make room for Venom before the credits rolled.
Here is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now available on Digital HD, and will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on April 12. Be sure to continue following us for all the latest news in the Tom Holland franchise, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!
Source: Empire (via Digital Spy)