The post-credits scene of Venom introduced a famed Spider-Man character.
The scene features Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy having bonded with a parasite named Venom gets back to his duties as a reporter. With a pen and notebook in hand, he visits the San Francisco’s San Quentin prison where Brock has to interview a dangerous inmate.
A guard leads Brock down the hallways.
“You ask me, they’re dumb to let him call the shots. The second he asked for you to interview him, I’d have shut that shit down,” the guard says.
Eddie explains the FBI is “just taking advantage of the one and only time he’ll ever speak to anyone. They’re hoping I might help them identify some additional bodies.”
“FBI doesn’t work up close and personal with him. The FBI will have to identify you, you don’t follow the rules,” the guard warns, opening a door and unveiling a caged and shackled inmate (Woody Harrelson). The inmate has the room to himself.
“Hey, Red. I got a visitor for you.”
Brock steps in. He peers through the bars of the cell as a gleeful maniac with red curls flashes a smile.
“Hi, Eddie,” the inmate says. Brock offers a simple and unimpressed “hey” back.
“Do you mind if we forego the whole creepy serial killer thing here?” the inmate asks.
“Sure,” Eddie says, shrugging. “It’s good with me.”
The inmate says he can “turn it on if you want,” offering to go into detail about the patterns of arterial spray.
“I bet you can,” Eddie tells him.
“Tough to see you in this light, Eddie,” the inmate says. “Come on over.”
Eddie takes a step forward. Ta-da. “Alright. I’m here.”
The inmate turns more serious.
“I get outta here — and I will — there’s gonna be carnage.”
Though the prisoner is not named in the film, he’s Cletus Kasady, who binds with his own/blooded symbiote to become a well-known Spidey villain, Carnage. Kasady once shared a cell with Brock after he got defeated by Spider-Man in the comics.
The cameo was played by Zombieland star Harrelson, who earlier told Variety that he’ll be in the next one.
“I haven’t read that script, but anyway, just rolled the dice,” Harrelson said.
Carnage has been teased by Sony if Venom ever decides to spawn a sequel, as Hardy has been signed for a three/film deal with Sony Pictures.
Venom is out in theatres now.