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Hardy deletes ‘Venom’, ‘Spider-Man’ art, fueling crossover speculation

Published : 21 Oct 2021 09:52 PM | Updated : 23 Oct 2021 10:15 AM

Tom Hardy shares art of ‘Venom’ eating ‘Spider-Man’ in honor of Halloween - and then deletes it. The English actor first played the role of journalist and symbiote-host Eddie Brock in 2018's ‘Venom’, which kicked off Sony's ‘Spider-Man’ Universe of interconnected films. Hardy just reprised his role in the sequel, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’, which opened wide in the US on October 1.

After Sony executives decided to collaborate with Marvel Studios and allow ‘Spider-Man’ to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he is played by Tom Holland, they saw the potential for a universe of their own based around characters associated with the friendly neighborhood hero. After ‘Venom’ proved a financial success, the two studios renegotiated their agreement to allow ‘Spider-Man’ to be shared between the two universes, practically guaranteeing Hardy and Holland a showdown somewhere down the line. That confrontation seems to be coming sooner than anticipated, however, as the ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ end credits scene saw Brock and Venom cross into the MCU, setting them up for an as-yet-unconfirmed appearance in December's ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.

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Adding fuel to that fire, Hardy shares a piece of art on Instagram featuring Venom about to chomp down on ‘Spider-Man’, only to then delete it mere minutes later. In the image, the superhero's head is surrounded by the lines that traditionally indicate his Spidey-sense, suggesting he'd probably swing his way to safety just in time, but the ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ actor surely would've contested that reading. His caption wished fans happy holidays and "Halloween snacks," cheekily referencing his character's unique appetite for both brains and chocolate.    -We Got This Covered

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