From the moment that Sony first announced it would be launching a shared Spider-Man spinoff universe with a Venom movie, it’s been rumoured from several sources that Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock will find himself doing battle with Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage.
So far, there’s been no confirmation on this front; we’ve heard nothing about casting for Carnage, and there wasn’t any hint on the character in the first teaser trailer (but hey, we didn’t get to see Venom either, so…)
Well, if a new rumour from That Hashtag Show is to be believed, Carnage will indeed make an appearance in the film, although he won’t be the main villain. Instead, we’ll apparently get a Cletus Kasady appearance towards the end of the movie, possibly as a post-credit scene, where he’ll be under the care of Dr. Ashley Kafka, who introduces him to Eddie Brock. And, similar to his comic book origin, we’ll then see an offshoot of the symbiote making his way towards Kasady, setting the stage for a Carnage appearance in a sequel or spinoff.
While Kasady’s Carnage alter-ego may be absent from the movie, it seems Venom won’t be the only symbiote in the film, with its Lethal Protector source material featuring several ‘offspring’ in Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony – versions of which are expected to appear – and it’s also been rumoured that we may see Michelle Williams’ Anne Weying taking on her She-Venom persona.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Venom is set for release on October 5th 2018 and features a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott and Scott Haze.