Spider-Man: No Way Home has set up the MCU’s version of Venom – and Mac Gargan would be the perfect Venom host in the Marvel Shared Universe.
This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Path Home.
Spider-Man: No Path Home left a Venom symbiote fragment in the MCU, and the MCU may have already introduced its Venom host. For many viewers, one of the major issues with Sony’s various Spider-Man spinoffs, including the Venom movies starring Tom Hardy as a tongue-enslaving symbiote, is the fact that they’re unlikely to cross paths with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. So, they argue that every non-Spider-Man movie removes a potential MCU story just because Marvel Studios won’t want to do a flush and rehearsal.
There is a sense in which Spider-Man: No Path Home sounds like a response to this review, introducing Peter Parker to the idea of the multiverse. Additionally, the public shouldn’t assume that Spider-Man’s multiversal adventures are over; In 2019, when Marvel and Sony renewed their deal with Spider-Man, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made what appears to be a promising observation. “[Spider-Man] also happens to be the only hero with the super power to traverse cinematic universes,Feige noted in an official statement. He then added: “As Sony continues to develop its own Spidey-verse, you never know what surprises the future may hold.“
But, even if Spider-Man does not return to the Multiverse, the Multiverse has left a lasting impact on his world. Venom: let there be carnageThe post-credits scene saw Eddie Brock transported into the MCU, appearing in Mexico from all places, and Spider-Man: No Path HomeThe post-credits scene sent him home, but he left a fragment of symbiote behind. Obviously, this is being set up, which means that the MCU may indeed have its own take on the Venom saga. But who will be the main host of the symbiote?
Marvel unlikely to repeat Eddie Brock
Marvel Studios is unlikely to want to do a simple flush and repeat of Eddie Brock, the hapless reporter who became the host of Venom in the comics and was played so effectively by Tom Hardy. While it is true that the multiverse allows Marvel to do this; Still, the studio never liked repeating an idea that was made elsewhere – explaining why they avoided telling the origin story of Spider-Man’s MCU for years. It’s especially unlikely that they’d do anything with Eddie Brock just because it would naturally lead to comparisons between two different live iterations of Venom. Even if they wanted to, Sony would undoubtedly be frustrated with their choice, risking the collapse of the productive and successful deal between the two studios. All of this means that viewers probably won’t encounter the MCU version of Eddie Brock anytime soon, so the most famous host of the Venom symbiote may be left out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So who will be his replacement?
Mac Gargan is also a host of Venom in the comics
Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced another potential host of Venom from the comics: Mac Gargan, a criminal played by Michael Mando. A brutal criminal with an extensive criminal record, Gargan was captured while attempting to purchase advanced weapons from the Vulture gang. As seen in Spider-Man: Homecomingon the post-credits scene, he vowed revenge on Spider-Man and even tried to persuade Vulture to reveal the secret identity of the Wall Robot to him. It’s actually quite surprising that Mac Gargan never tried to get revenge on Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Path Home when his secret identity was revealed to the world – but, to be fair, the Spider-Man trio were already pretty wrapped up, so in truth, that’s understandable. Mac Gargan is currently sort of a free ending in the first Spider-Man trilogy.
In the comics, Mac Gargan was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to undergo an experimental super-soldier procedure that turned him into the Scorpion designed to be the ultimate weapon against Spider-Man. Most viewers expect Marvel Studios to tell a similar story, but they forget that he also had another alias in the comics; Mac Gargan has in fact become the host of the Venom symbiote, indulging in his most violent impulses and quite enjoying the thirst for blood. Gargan even joined Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers as their version of Spider-Man, though it was a much more dangerous version of the wall-crawler. The experience of the symbiosis gradually overwhelmed Mac Gargan’s personality, turning him into a blood-crazed cannibal, and he had to undergo serious medical treatment to heal his time as Venom. Marvel Studios could honor that arc by skipping Scorpion for the time being and instead turning Michael Mando’s Mac Gargan into their Venom.
What Mac Gargan’s Venom Would Mean for the MCU
It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where Mac Gargan stumbled upon the Venom symbiote. It is actually quite common for fleeing criminals to head to Mexico, mistakenly believing that there is no extradition treaty between the two countries; Gargan could be one of those fugitives, perhaps taking advantage of the chaos of the MCU’s Blip to escape justice and go into hiding. Thus, he could potentially be in the right place to come across the Venom symbiote fragment left by Eddie Brock and thus bond with him. Already hungry for revenge against Spider-Man, he could then choose to use the new power of the symbiote to hunt down the wall-crawler.
There is already some evidence that Marvel is building a Dark Avengers squad, with Contessa’s recruiting agents Valentina Allegra de Fontaine serving as inverted mirrors to the Avengers – including John Walker’s US agent and Black Widow’s Black Widow. Yelena Belova. Other potential members could include Abomination as the equivalent of Hulk and Agatha Harkness as Scarlet Witch; The abomination made an unexpected return in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings and will come back in the she-hulk Disney + TV series, as Agatha Harkness’s story continues on its own WandaVision spin off. Mac Gargan’s Venom would make a nice addition to the Dark Avengers, their own twisted version of Spider-Man.
Best of all, that doesn’t necessarily mean Marvel has to give up on the idea of the Scorpio. The experience of being linked to a symbiote could leave Mac Gargan seriously injured, forcing him to agree to an experimental program that would turn him into a Scorpion. It would be a reversal of the comics, where the identity of the Scorpion came first, but it would work – and Gargan’s time as Venom could leave him with an even deeper, more obsessive hatred of Spider-Man. Spider-Man: No Path Home may not set up the MCU’s Eddie Brock as Venom, but he’s frankly not necessary as Mac Gargan would be a much more interesting candidate.
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