Loki’s Nexus links Venom to Spider-Man: No Way Home

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Poison: Let there be slaughter!

The post-credits scene for Poison: Let there be slaughter transported the drooling tongue symbiote to the MCU and established a potential role in Spider-Man: No Way Home – and it could be through the “Nexus” events introduced in Loki. There has long been a lot of interest in the idea of ​​Tom Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man going head-to-head. Now, finally, those hopes and dreams seem to come true.

Marvel movies have long been recognized for their post-credits scenes, but Poison: Let there be slaughterit’s one of the best so far because it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Eddie Brock finds himself unconsciously transported through the Multiverse, arriving to watch a news broadcast in which J. Jonah Jameson ranted about Spider-Man’s secret identity during Poison: Let there be slaughterPost-credits scene. It is safe to assume that this relates directly to Spider-Man: No Way Home, which promises to transport various Spider-Man villains to the MCU as a result of a magic spell gone wrong. There have long been reports of a sixth hidden enemy, and it appears Venom is set to meet the requirements.

But how exactly did Venom jump from one dimension to another in the first place? In truth, Marvel is still deciding how its Multiverse works. They determined the rules only after producing a series of movies and TV shows based on them. However, the basic principles may have already been explained in Loki.

It’s been clear for a long time that the concept of “nexus” events and beings is key to the MCU Phase 4 slate. According to Loki, a nexus event is a time when a single act can create a completely different branching timeline in the multiverse. Nexus events can be created by major or minor actions, by someone starting a civil war that is not part of the main timeline, or simply being late for work. The Time Variance Authority tried to prevent the multiverse by pruning all of these branches, but they ultimately failed, and now everything is possible in multiverse terms. But the multiverse introduced in Loki actually, it’s more complicated than most viewers think. Loki Director Kate Herron pointed to a shot of the multiverse when it emerged, noting that the various branches intersect in quite dramatic ways (according to Murphy’s Multiverse):

“So, there are the branches, right, which is like the alternate reality. But then something, you see, is very subtle, but in the last shot where you see the Multiverse, there are basically other branches of larger physical timelines. So , it is almost like these different separate trees that are now connecting … It is almost like a bridge. If you imagine the branch, it is like another reality. But if the branch extends beyond a certain point, then it will connect to other lines physical time … That last take we did, there are others like thicker [branches] they are meant to be like our timeline. And there are other timelines like that and the branches are basically the connectors. “

Herron seems to be suggesting that there are actually two types of intersections between different branches in the MCU multiverse; one where the branches are created, or where they connect to each other. In the most dramatic cases, this could potentially lead to a collision of entire realities, the kind of thing you see in the comics in the preparation of Jonathan Hickman. Secret wars event, where all the various universes collided. In less spectacular cases, however, a connection between the two branches might be brief, unobserved by most, but potentially allow people to inadvertently travel from their home branch to a reality very different from the world in which they grew up. The latest type of nexus sounds exactly like what Venom experiences in Poison: Let there be slaughterThe post-credits scene where Eddie Brock is suddenly transported to a very different bedroom.

This may explain what has gone wrong with Doctor Strange’s spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home. As the trailer confirms, Spider-Man seeks the help of Doctor Strange in hopes that the future Sorcerer Supreme can make the world forget his secret identity. Although Doctor Strange claims that his spell is simply one to erase memories, it must be far more far-reaching than that; After all, Strange doesn’t just need to make people forget, he also needs to delete all records of Spider-Man’s secret identity. This explains why Doctor Strange’s spell is affecting the fabric of reality itself, and why, when interrupted by Peter Parker, it backfires.

But how exactly does the spell work? It is possible that Doctor Strange has inadvertently drawn multiple branching timelines in contact with the MCU, creating a dimensional intersection that focuses on Spider-Man, which explains why so many of the reality-jumping characters are associated with different versions of Spider. -Man. Even Venom seems to have a loose connection to the wall crawler, with the dialogue on Poison 2The post-credits scene suggests that the symbiote’s hive mind transcends the Multiverse, meaning that Eddie Brock’s symbiote may well have retained the animosity towards Peter Parker from the symbiote found in Spider man 3. This would explain why various characters from other Marvel / Spider-Man movie universes have been transported to the MCU.

Marvel Studios has a reputation for long-term planning, but when it comes to the Multiverse, it seems like they’re working things out as they go; In July of this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that they had recently held a meeting to decide the rules of the Multiverse, even though several movies and TV shows focused on the concept were already in post-production or coming up. to her. This may well mean Spider-Man: No Way Home avoid any explicit explanation of exactly how Doctor Strange’s spell failed, simply settling for confirming that it did and letting viewers figure out how; but if that’s the case, Poison: Let there be slaughterThe post-credits scene suggests the nexus events introduced in Loki would explain it very well.


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