Warning: The following post contains spoilers on Sony’s Venom!
During an interview with CinemaBlend, Venom director Ruben Fleischer commented on the post-credits scene and explained why he chose Woody Harrelson to play the Marvel Comics character revealed in the sequence.
Venom is set to be the first entry in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters and the post-credits scene for the film offers fans a hint of what the future may hold for the developing franchise. Before the film concludes, Eddie Brocks tells Anne Weying that he is set to conduct an important interview but can’t divulge any details. Later, a post-credits scene follows Eddie and Venom, who survived his showdown with Riot, as the journalist visits San Quentin Prison to interview one of the prisoners.
The prisoner is then revealed to be Cletus Kasady, the sinister serial killer who becomes Carnage in the Marvel comics, with Woody Harrelson in the role. Director Ruben Fleischer explained why cast Harrelson as the fan-favorite villain and shared his excitement about potentially seeing the character take on Venom in the future:
He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady, you know, he can go real dark and explore that. Carnage is going to be… just thinking about Venom pitting off against Carnage is just so exciting. And hopefully fans leave the movie really looking forward to that next one. Because I think also just seeing Tom and Woody go head to head, you know, those are two great actors that I think can really create some exciting scenes.”
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Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, granting him powers and transforming him into the titular anti-hero.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
Venom will be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.