WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sony’s Venom , in theaters Oct. 5.
While there aren’t any direct connections between Venom and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are still some potential leaks to the greater world hidden throughout the film. Most notably, two little easter eggs might tease the potential involvement of the Daily Bugle in Sony’s Spider-Verse.
Hero Astronaut John Jameson
At the beginning of Venom, a space shuttle carrying symbiotes makes its way back to Earth for a crash landing. Although most of the crew is killed, one of the astronauts survives thanks to secretly bonding with the Riot symbiote. When he’s found, it’s reported that his name is Jameson as he’s loaded onto an EMT.
It doesn’t take long for the symbiote to leave the shuttle’s crewman and possess one of the medics instead, leaving the ultimate fate of astronaut Jameson unknown, though it didn’t look good.
In Marvel Comics lore, there actually is an astronaut with the surname Jameson: specifically, John Jameson, the son of Daily Bugle editor-in-chief, J. Jonah Jameson. He first appeared all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man #1, when a rookie Spidey managed to save John’s life from a crash. The character has played a minor role in the comics since then (becoming Man-Wolf, and even having a romantic relationship with She-Hulk), and even made an appearance as Mary Jane’s fiancé in Spider-Man 2.
Returning To The Written Word
Speaking of the Jamesons, there’s another small moment towards the end of the film that hints where Eddie might be going next. During his final conversation with Annie, Eddie reveals he’s snagged a new job. But instead producing more videos in the vein of those he’s previously released, he’s “returning to the written word.”
The old school approach suggests that Eddie is moving away from new media and going to an older publication. Say, like a newspaper.
It was established earlier in the film that Eddie lost his original job with the Globe (a nice allusion to his comic origins), so it stands to reason he won’t be returning there. Of course, another major Marvel publication is actually a long-established rival of the Globe: the Daily Bugle. Run by none other than J. Jonah Jameson, the newspaper is an iconic aspect of Spidey and Venom’s world in the comics. This could easily be Brock’s new job, and more importantly, would be a perfect way to eventually introduce him to Spider-Man.
In theaters now, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate,Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, and Michelle Lee.
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