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Venom: The Last Dance trailer picks up after all those wacky multiverse post-credits teases

Tom Hardy is back with his symbiote pal in a non-Spider-Man timeline

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

Venom 3, cheekily subtitled the The Last Dance, looks like a splashy payoff to one of the superhero movie era’s weirder franchises. Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock and on the run from some gun-toting scientists who believe the Venom symbiote must be eradicated for the sake of Earth. Crossing my fingers this is The Fugitive / Midnight Run with a Venom horse.

Venom: The Last Dance appears to pick up where we left Eddie and Venom in Venom: Let There Be Carnage: lying low in the tropics after killing serial killer Cletus and leaving detective Mulligan (Stephen Graham) infected with his own symbiote. But if you are a total dork about this stuff, you might be wondering: Hey, didn’t Eddie and Venom cross over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a post-credits tease at the end of Let There Be Carnage? Yes, they did! At least that’s what appeared to happen, a theoretical connection to Doctor Strange’s multiversal spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

But in the end, only Andrew Garfield’s and Tobey Maguire’s previous Spider-Mans showed up in the crossover movie — no Venom. In fact, Marvel went so far as to undo the whole tease. A post-credits scene in No Way Home saw Eddie grumbling at a bar over his multiverse displacement, only to be immediately transported back to his walled-off Sony-Marvel timeline in a flash. Nothing mattered! Wild.

So here we are, The Last Dance, with Eddie and Venom back where they started: on the run, biting heads, and amped for more black-goo hijinks. There are some out-there rumors on dubious corners of the internet that Eddie might somehow might be on the hunt for a 10-year-old Peter Parker, but the trailer pretty much dispels the post-credits-inspired hope. We do get a tease of Mulligan’s transformation into Toxin, and while Chiwetel Ejiofor shows up as a big bad, he’s not playing Karl Mordo from Doctor Strange — just some dude in army fatigues who likely bonds with a symbiote for a final fight. Ted Lasso’s Juno Temple is also in the cast, and is also rumored to do some symbioting.

Venom: The Last Dance, which does not take place in the MCU timeline, is out on Oct. 25.

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