Venom has been the center of attention for many fans for several months. From the googly eye memes to trailers with mixed receptions, the film has practically stayed in the headlines since it was announced. This response makes sense; since his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #299, Venom has rapidly risen to the top of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. Fans fell in love with the character’s mixture of superhero/villain and horror movie monster. Writers have continued to expand on the symbiote, too, as the mythos of Venom’s suit grows by the day. Given the character’s popularity and this expanding lore, anything is possible and there are endless possibilities for what Venom director Ruben Fleischer has in store for fans.
Plus, there’s the matter of whether the film will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some fans think this movie will directly connect to the MCU. Many of these ideas suggest that Tom Holland will appear, as Peter Parker or Spider-Man, to connect the film to the MCU. Others think Venom will barely connect, if at all, to Marvel’s shared universe. Perhaps Venom will borrow the Marvel Netflix shows’ method of mentioning the MCU. Maybe the movie will connect to other universes, like Into the Spider-Verse or Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man franchise. There are a lot of fan theories out there, and they range from believable to unlikely. We’ve decided to compile a list of the top Venom fan theories we hope are true and the ones we hope don't come to fruition.
19 HOPE NOT: LIFE IS A PREQUEL
This theory’s been practically debunked but some fans still hold out hope that Life, a 2017 sci-fi horror film from Sony, is a prequel to Venom. Life features an alien, named Calvin, that bears some resemblance to Marvel’s symbiote, which made some fans hopeful that this movie is connected to Venom in some capacity.
However, it’s fairly clear that there’s no direct connection between the two. Other than a slight similarity between the two aliens, nothing in Life suggests that it’s a prequel to Venom. Any retroactive connection would feel forced, which could ultimately harm the latter’s attempt to stand on its own merit.
18 HOPE: CONNECTS TO MCU LIKE MARVEL NETFLIX
Marvel has a history of separating their various universes. For example, look at their Netflix line of shows. Daredevil and the other shows starring the Defenders rarely, if ever, mention the MCU. When they do, the methods are usually pretty obvious, though quite indirect. In Luke Cage, a character referred to Thor as “the big blond dude with a hammer.” It’s reasonable to wonder if Marvel might use this system when it comes to how it handles the MCU’s presence in Venom.
By doing so, the movie will connect to the larger shared universe without blatantly exploiting that link. For now, this theory might be the closest viewers get to a tie between Venom and the MCU.
17 HOPE NOT: PART OF THE MCU MULTIVERSE
Maybe Venom won’t connect to the MCU directly; instead, according to some fan theories, the film will take place in the same multiverse, which will remotely connect it to Marvel’s shared universe. There’s some merit to this theory -- it seems like a compromise between connecting Venom to the MCU and letting the film stand on its own. However, this theory is also somewhat problematic.
The MCU has barely delved into multiversal concepts. While A4 and future Marvel movies are practically guaranteed to expand on the multiverse, having Venom do so would be jarring. There are a number of more organic ways to incorporate the titular character into the Avengers’ world.
16 HOPE: SETS UP VENOM CAMEO IN FAR FROM HOME
Many fans want to see a connection between Spider-Man and Venom right away. However, other fans acknowledge that waiting to see this interaction might be inevitable. As a result, some fan theories suggest that while Venom might drop few, if any, hints of Spider-Man, Far From Home could still certainly bring the web-slinger and the symbiote-wearing anti-hero/villain together.
As with other fan theories on this list, a Venom cameo in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming could be as simple as a post-credits scene. While most of us want to see the two rivals antagonize each other at length on the big screen, it seems like that dream remains fairly far away, which makes this theory a good appetizer.
15 HOPE NOT: TOM HOLLAND CAMEO
Of all the fan theories about Venom itself, this one might be the most popular. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been a hit with many fans, which is why the character is likely guaranteed to be a pillar of the post-A4 MCU (we’re discounting the ending of Infinity War in this statement).
It’s only natural for fans to hope for some interaction between Holland and Venom, one of Spider-Man’s most famous villains, in the latter’s upcoming solo film. Some rumors have suggested that Peter Parker, instead of Spider-Man, will appear. At this point, as much as we hope to see Spidey in Venom, the timing doesn’t really line up given Spider-Man’s current status in the MCU.
14 HOPE: SETS UP SYMBIOTE APPEARANCE IN MCU FILM
Most fan theories believe that Venom will somehow be attached to the MCU through something that happens in the film itself, whether that’s a Tom Holland cameo or another easter egg. There’s at least one theory, though, that flips that idea.
Some fans believe that a future Marvel film, like A4 or a later installment, will bring in the symbiote and/or Eddie Brock. Having Venom establish the majority of the backstory would allow Marvel to seamlessly incorporate the character into their shared universe. It’s fair to argue that this method might be the most practical way to bring this popular Spider-Man villain into the MCU.
13 HOPE NOT: INDIRECT LINK TO SPIDER-MAN
Maybe a direct appearance from Tom Holland is unnecessary. Instead, Venom could take a roundabout way to include Spider-Man’s presence. Rather than a direct interaction between Holland and Hardy, Fleischer could establish a link to the MCU, or Spider-Man, by capitalizing on the hero’s in-universe popularity.
After Eddie Brock becomes infected by the symbiote, he could see the web-slinger on television, or read about him in the news. Subsequently, the symbiote could adjust its appearance to match the Spider-Man symbol, which would give Venom his classic comic book look. This theory has some merit but most viewers would likely prefer a more straightforward link to the MCU.
12 HOPE: CAMEOS FROM OTHER SONY-VERSE CHARACTERS
Venom, if successful, will likely serve as the building block for Sony’s own cinematic universe. The studio has plans for various films featuring Spider-Man villains and supporting characters, like Morbius, Kraven, Black Cat and Silver Sable. It would make sense if Venom officially began the process of building this universe by introducing a character or two that will show up again in later films.
The popular, and most probable, strategy, would be for Fleischer to have one of the characters cameo in a post-credits scene. This film could certainly have multiple post-credits scenes, so using them to bring in one of these characters doesn’t seem unreasonable.
11 HOPE NOT: CONNECTS TO ANDREW GARFIELD'S SPIDER-MAN
This theory might be the most far-fetched but it does have some supporters. Instead of bringing in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, some fans believe that Venom will include Holland’s predecessor, Andrew Garfield, who starred in two Spider-Man movies in his own right. In theory, Garfield’s Spider-Man would match Tom Hardy’s Venom because they’re around the same age (35 and 40, respectively) while Holland is 22. Plus, Garfield was under contract with Sony through 2020, which makes this theory a little more plausible.
Still, most fans would be shocked if Marvel allowed Sony to use a different Spider-Man while the former has established its own successful version of the character.
10 HOPE: EVIL SYMBIOTES WILL BE THE VILLAINS
Through the years, Venom has battled many evil symbiotes. As a result, some fans think that some of his most symbiote-bonded “brethren” could show up in the upcoming movie. There is definitely merit to this theory because the film is adapting the "Venom: Lethal Protector" storyline.
In that story, after moving to San Francisco, Eddie Brock fights Agony, Lasher, Phage, Riot and Scream, symbiotic beings created by the Life Foundation. We already know that Riot and the Life Foundation will be significant parts of the film, so it’s not a stretch to imagine that Fleischer is using these other four villains.
9 HOPE NOT: CARNAGE IS MAIN VILLAIN
When Venom was first announced, many fans assumed that the titular character would square off with Carnage. After all, the two symbiote-based characters have a rivalry that arguably tops any of the other antagonists at Fleischer’s disposal.
Carnage was created to be the darker version of Venom, and the character originated from an offshoot of Eddie Brock’s symbiote. This offspring bonded with Eddie Brock’s cellmate, Cletus Kasaday and the rest is history. Many fans thought Riz Ahmed would play Carnage in Venom, which is partially why this theory became so popular. It’s been confirmed that Ahmed is playing Riot, which makes it less likely that this movie will have Carnage as the main villain.
8 HOPE: CARNAGE WILL APPEAR IN POST-CREDITS SCENE
Given that we know Ahmed is playing Riot, Carnage remains an unknown factor in Venom. At this point, it’s certainly possible that the character will appear in a post-credits scene (which would be a not-so-subtle way of borrowing the MCU’s universe-building formula).
Star Tom Hardy recently revealed that he’s signed up for (at least) two sequels. It would not be surprising if Fleischer purposely planted the seeds for those movies, and a post-credits scene would be an effective method to do just that. The scene could be an obvious suggestion that Carnage is on the way, or it could just be a subtle hint. In any case, this theory is feasible and we certainly hope it’s true.
7 HOPE NOT: SET IN OWN UNIVERSE
There are many theories that try to connect Venom to the MCU or other Marvel universes. This theory, however, completely flips that approach. Some fans think that Venom is entirely a standalone film, at least as it relates to the MCU. There’s some merit to this theory, as Fleischer might want to have the film stand on its own two feet rather than trying to force it to fit in with the MCU or other shared universes. That would not be the best move, though.
MCU architect Kevin Feige has said Venom is not connected to the MCU but it’d be a misstep for Fleischer to totally swear off connecting his film to the larger Marvel Universe.
6 HOPE: VENOM WILL BE A VILLAIN
One of Venom’s most notable taglines reads “the world has enough superheroes". This quote can be interpreted at least two ways. First, it could mean the film is trying to stand on its own in a crowded genre by eschewing the “superhero” label. On the other hand, maybe this advertising campaign is suggesting that the titular star is an antihero (or worse) rather than a typical hero.
Historically, Venom is a villain, though the character has had some turns as a hero. This film may try to establish Eddie Brock as a hero. But, with the symbiote’s ability to infect and corrupt its host, Brock might be a full-fledged villain before all is said and done.
5 HOPE NOT: SYMBIOTE ARRIVED WITH THANOS
One theory suggests that one of Thanos’ ships will crash on Earth in A4 and the symbiote, locked in a container on the ship, will break free upon impact, which would establish a retroactive connection to Venom. While this theory sounds well and good, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Why would Thanos have the symbiote? How’d he get it? As directors of A4, the Russo Brothers might have to answer a lot of questions for something that and, in the grand scheme of things, wouldn’t be crucial to the movie. We’re sorry to fans that really want to see Venom connected to the MCU but this theory seems a little far-fetched.
4 HOPE: SHE-VENOM WILL APPEAR
When it was announced that Michelle Williams will play Anne Weying, many fans began to believe that She-Venom could make an appearance in the first installment of this aspiring franchise. When Williams said she’d be interested in playing the symbiote-infused version of Weying, many fans became even more excited.
In the comics, Weying is Eddie Brock’s ex-wife, who, after being shot by Sin-Eater, briefly bonds with a symbiote. It’s easy to imagine this film exploring Weying’s short time with a symbiote. At the very least, Williams will have a supporting role in Venom, and she could reprise her role in the sequel, which would pave the way for the utilization of She-Venom.
3 HOPE NOT: EXPLORATION OF SYMBIOTE'S ORIGINS
Many fans see the symbiote as little more than Venom’s suit. However, the black substance has a deep mythos that is always expanding. For example, the symbiote is a member of an alien race called the Klyntar. The most recent run of Venom comics have revealed that an ancient, evil being named Knull created this race as part of his quest to conquer the universe.
While that specific story is still in its early stages, it’s fair to say that Venom has a lot of potential backstory to draw from. While exploring the symbiote’s history could be fascinating, Venom might be better off focusing on Eddie Brock and his relationship with the symbiote.
2 HOPE: CONNECTED TO INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Most theories attempt to connect Venom to the MCU. However, at least one theory links the film to a different Marvel universe: the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse comes out roughly two months after Venom. As a movie that’s about all the different versions of Spider-Man in the multiverse, it’d make a lot of sense for Venom to make an appearance.
It’s not difficult to imagine Tom Hardy recording some lines for the movie, in either a cameo role or something larger. While linking Venom to Into The Spider-Verse may seem questionable, leaving the character out of the movie would be a missed opportunity.
1 HOPE NOT: SET IN MCU'S FUTURE
In recent years, any time a movie connected to Marvel comes out, fans try to figure out how the film might be connected to the MCU. For a character as significant as Venom, that speculation has been even more vigorous. One theory suggests that, rather than having the story occur concurrently with the MCU, this film might take place years after A4.
This theory has gained some support as it would explain the general stillness in Venom’s first trailer. In that case, the Avengers’ war with Thanos would be over, so Earth would be relatively safe. While a setting in the MCU’s future makes some sense, it’d be more practical to have the film occur concurrently with Infinity War or A4.