We’ve reached the stage where the excitement around new film releases comes with added intrigue over what’s in store after the end-credits.
It has been a superhero movie staple, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe directors in particular giving us a little extra, but other films have followed suit.
This is because Venom – the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe – providing us with not one but two extra scenes: one during the end credits and one after.
Harrelson’s character, whose alter ego Carnage acts as a villain in the original comics, would likely be the main villain in a sequel, so long as Venom performs well enough to warrant one.
The 57-year-old actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his part in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is certainly the kind of big name who ought to be able to sustain any follow-up to the ambitious film.
Carnage, for those wondering, is generally accepted to have strength greater than that of Venom and Spider-Man (another of his adversaries) combined, and is known for random acts of violence and chaos. Which fits the name, really.
As for the other scene, it comes at the end of the credits, so don’t think it’s all over once you’ve heard from Carnage, and it’s a teaser for another film altogether.
The post-credits scene focuses on this version of Spider-Man, who has the alter ego Miles Morales, teasing this altogether more light-hearted film. A Venom sequel it is not, but free teasers are free teasers all the same.