Spoiler warning, proceed with caution!
When Venom director Ruben Fleischer set out to adapt the wildly popular comic for the big screen, he wanted it to be a love-letter to longtime fans. Fleischer even copied frames straight from popular Venom comics, making it incredibly likely there are secrets you missed in the film.
A large swath of Venom Easter eggs reference the titular character's place in the Spider-Verse, but they're not there simply to wink at devout fans. As was the case with Spider-Man: Homecoming Easter eggs, Venom looks ahead to the larger superhero universe and to potentially impending movies in the anti-hero's future.
It's refreshing to see a director care this much about their source material, and it creates a fun ride for audiences who know the comics by heart. For everybody else, Venom's Easter eggs are just icing on the deliciously vicious, gooey cake.
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Eddie Texts His Old Boss, Barney Bushkin
After Eddie loses his job early in the film, he desperately searches for work. At one point, Eddie is texting with somebody, trying to land a new gig. Eagle-eyed fans will know that somebody is Barney Bushkin. In the comics, Bushkin is the owner of The Daily Globe, Eddie's former employer.
Interestingly, The Globe is also a direct competitor to J. Jonah Jameson's The Daily Bugle, where Spider-Man often works as a freelance photographer.Is this a sneaky reference?
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Anne Weying's Law Firm References Venom's Creators
Anne Weying, Eddie Brock's fiance-turned-ex, initially works for a law firm called Michelinie & McFarlane.
Long-time fans of Amazing Spider-Man comic should recognize those names as belonging to David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, who helped create Venom.Is this a sneaky reference?
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Inhabiting That Dog Wasn't Venom's First Canine Experience
To escape from the hospital after Anne uses a high-pitched sound to remove the Symbiote from Eddie, Venom inhabits the body of a little dog.
It's played off as a funny bit in the movie, but it actually references a Venom comic moment where the Symbiote is forced to inhabit the body of a snow dog to escape the Arctic.Is this a sneaky reference?
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Eddie Brock's Firing Teases His Comic Book Origin
Though it's never openly addressed, viewers know Eddie Brock lost his job in New York City because of some sort of scandal. According to director Ruben Fleischer, the problem was Eddie tried to expose the villainous Sin-Eater - and comic fans will understand the deeper meaning.
On the page, Brock interviews a man claiming to be Sin-Eater and exposes him in a piece for The Daily Globe. Unfortunately, he's a fake, and Spider-Man catches the real Sin-Eater. Brock is discredited and fired, and his hatred of Spider-Man is ignited.Is this a sneaky reference?