‘Venom’ proves that DC Comics exists in the Marvel universe

Due to the complicated legal situation, Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his nemesis Venom is not. In his solo film, therefore, there is no connection to Iron Man & Co. – but an allusion to Superman.

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Warning, spoilers! If you have not seen Venom yet and do not want to know about the possible connection to the MCU and Spider-Man, stop reading now.

With the murky legal battle surrounding Spider-Man and his associated characters, fans were left in the dark about references to Spider-Man until the very last second before Venom hit theaters. But now that we’ve seen the movie, we know: He’s not showing up. Disregarding the post-credit scene, where we are presented with a spectacular sequence from the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, there is not a single mention of Peter Parker or Spider-Man. Yes, it’s almost like pretending that the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not exist – and instead prefers to give the longtime competitor DC a stage.

Superman instead of Spider-Man

Particularly attentive fans may have noticed this tiny little detail, but most viewers may not have noticed the eye-catching little word: In the scene where Venom’s weak points are addressed, Eddie Brock’s ex-girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams) mentions that a certain tone frequency would be the kryptonite of the symbiotic. kryptonite? Does the mineral not come from Superman’s home planet? How do characters from the Marvel cosmos know such details from the DC world?

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Venom’s Kryptonite: Sound waves at a certain frequency

Well, there are really only two ways to explain Anne’s cryptic sentence: Either “Venom” is simply put in the so-called reality, in the here and now, as we know it only with the difference that a few ugly sticky balls from space cause a sensation. Under these circumstances, it would make perfect sense that the same comics we know exist in the world of Eddie Brocks (Tom Hardy) & Co. Or but and that is arguably the less likely option after the legal quarrel over the characters from “Spider-Verse”, they simply stood up to the competition. Either way, Michelle Williams probably did not get this phrase by chance and therefore offers the perfect platform to spin abstruse fantasies!

Not the first allusion

Anyone wondering (perhaps with a little laugh) what Anne’s comment really means should know that Spider-Man and Superman are by no means the first time they have been linked. The two are without a doubt among the most popular superheroes from Marvel and DC and have therefore also undergone a number of reincarnations over time, but comics have always been the perfect platform for crossovers of the craziest kind. This is how Marvel and DC have each other in the year went together before in 1976 to pit two of their biggest icons against each other in Superman vs. Spider-Man. So why rule out that something similar could happen in the cinema?

In “Spider-Man,” the first part of the trilogy with Tobey Maguire in the role of the titular hero, director Sam Raimi also insisted on pointing out the decades-long relationship between Kal-El and the friendly neighbor spider. like when Peter Parker tries to spin a net for the first time and quotes Superman (“Up, up and away”), or when Aunt May points out that he takes on too much responsibility: “You’re not Superman”, she lets her nephew know. Well, he may not be Superman, but there are some similarities with the man of steel that can not be denied.

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