The first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage featured a surprising reference to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.
The first trailer and poster for Tom Hardy’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage has finally arrived online ahead of the sequel’s September release date, and fans immediately spotted a few sneaky references to Spider-Man in the footage. And although the focus here was on Woody Harrelson’s debut as Carnage, there was an obvious Easter egg which called back to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy from the early 2000s in a very specific way.
During a brief shot of Stephen Graham’s Detective Mulligan, he’s seen holding the print edition of the Daily Bugle, which features a story by Eddie Brock about Cletus Kasady, A.K.A. Carnage. But most interestingly of all, the masthead of the newspaper uses the same artwork for the publication seen throughout Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Although it might be easy to get excited about this, it’s most likely down to the fact that Sony has the rights to that part of the Marvel universe. Plus, the Daily Bugle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (briefly seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home) has completely different branding. Even if it leads to nothing, it’s still a nice nod to the wider universe. Take a look at the shot from the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer below.
What do you think of the Venom: Let There Be Carnage reference to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man? Is it simply used because Sony has the rights to the Daily Bugle imagery? Or could it be a bigger connection? Sound-off in the comments below!
Here is the synopsis for Sony’s first Venom film:
The evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character – Venom! Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything including his job and fiancée. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers – transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
Venom is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more content!