There are no doubt at least two questions audiences have before watching Sony's Venom: Does director Ruben Fleischer's film have a post-credits scene, and is there an appearance by Tom Holland's Peter Parker? Well, we can answer one of those here.
They're both perfectly logical questions -- the former because the Marvel Cinematic Universe has so popularized post-credits stingers that they're expected of all superhero films, and the latter because, well, it's complicated. Venom's comic book origins are as a Spider-Man villain, and Sony does own the film rights to the web-slinger. However, we'll untangle that elsewhere.
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What we can say here is that, yes, Venom does have a post-credits scene; two of them, in fact. But you probably already knew that.
Such sequences are so popular because they typically reward viewers willing to stay in their seats a few minutes longer with callbacks to lighthearted moments in the film, sly nods to the comic book source material, or a hint at what's to come next, either in a sequel or in the larger shared cinematic universe.
We won't spoil it here, but Venom opts for the latter, with a mid-credits scene that's clearly intended to tee up the sequel (star Tom Hardy is contracted for three films), featuring a character who's been the subject of significant speculation for months.
The post-credits sequence is more difficult to describe without giving away too much. Suffice it to say that it serves as a preview of another Sony Picture release that's garnered a lot of positive buzz.
In short, it's worth sticking around the theater for a few minutes after the credits begin to roll. It won't kill you to get to the parking lot a little late -- that is, unless there's an alien symbiote lying in wait.
Intended to launch the studio's long-planned, so-called Spider-Verse, referred to internally as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, Venom is on track for a domestic opening weekend of between $60 million and $65 million. That's not exactly Spider-Man: Homecoming-size numbers (in fact, it's about half that), but it will be enough to set a new October box office record.
Opening Friday nationwide, director Ruben Fleishcer’s Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt, Christian Convery, Sam Medina and Ron Cephas Jones.