Over the past decade of filmmaking, the superhero genre has become arguably the most popular genre. Comic book adaptations have their own set of tropes, one of which being a teasy mid-credits scene. Starting with 2007's Iron Man, fans have become accustomed to staying seated during a film, in hopes of a few more seconds of footage. Sony is getting more involved in the comic book genre through its upcoming blockbuster Venom, based off the Spider-Man character of the same name. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the movie will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom. But will it have a mid-credits scene? Fleischer was recently asked just that, responding with:
I think it would be a mistake of any superhero movie not to stay through the credits.
Well, that's about as close to a confirmation as one can get. While Ruben Fleischer is still trying to keep the contents of his upcoming comic book adaptation under wraps, he's encouraging audiences to stay seated to catch a bit more of Venom after the credits roll.
Ruben Fleischer's comments to Fandango should be exciting for all the hardcore comic fans out there. Moviegoers have become accustomed to mid-credits scenes, even if they're short comedic moments like Avengers' shwarma scene. And since Venom will be the first installment in the developing Spider-Verse, the pressure is on to deliver a satisfying movie, and potentially set up future movies. Now the question is, what could the extra scene include?
It's all going to depend on what happens throughout the course of Venom, and how Eddie Brock's origin story ultimately plays out. While Brock is a regular journalist, he'll be sharing his life and body with the symbiote Venom. This will give him awesome abilities, but will the monster's more savage instincts prove too much for the protagonist? Will he end up starting on a path of villainy?
There are also potentially big things in store for Michelle Williams' character Anne Weying. In the comics, Weying has often transformed into She-Venom, and gained the awesome and terrifying abilities from merging with the symbiote. While Williams revealed she didn't do any of the mo-cap that it would require, she's also expressed interest in exploring that plot line in a potential sequel. It seems a waste to keep an actress like her on the sideline, so let's hope that Anne still has a major role in the events of Venom.
Venom's mid-credits scene also has the potential to be the final scene in the franchise. If the upcoming blockbuster fails to perform at the box office, it's possible Sony would choose not to move forward with a sequel. The pressure is on for Ruben Fleischer to really deliver.
Venom will arrive in theaters on October 5, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.