It always amazes me that when the credits start rolling on a Marvel movie, the people around me get up and leave. If you haven’t learned it yet, your MCU card should be revoked. Many of us now have to watch the credits of every movie we see in case it follows the trope that Marvel has made popular. I really should have known that House Of Gucci wouldn’t have a post-credits scene – it’s ten minutes of my life that I’ll never go back to.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is gradually coming to cinemas around the world, which means we now know who and what are in its credit scenes. It goes without saying at this point, and really before you start reading this article, that what follows is riddled with spoilers. If you haven’t seen No Way Home and don’t want some key plot points spoiled, stop reading now.
First off, No Way Home has two credit scenes. One halfway through and another at the end. Always handy to know in case there isn’t any at the very end and you can save yourself a few minutes of sitting around for nothing.
Venom in the MCU
The mid-credits scene shows Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock sitting in a bar in Mexico, asking a bartender about all things happening in the MCU. If you recognize the bartender, it’s because he’s Dani Rojas from Ted Lasso. Brock, and of course Venom who doesn’t appear beyond the voice Brock is struggling with in his head, confusedly asks the bartender a series of questions. Puzzled by this new universe filled with superheroes, including a billionaire in a tin suit and a really angry green man. Brock and Venom laugh when they learn that this angry green man’s name is Hulk. Thanos also gets a shout out as a purple stone-loving alien.
Despite Venom’s desire to bathe, Brock reveals that he plans to travel to New York to visit Spider-Man. However, shortly after this decision, he and Venom are sent back to their own universe. The scene is said to have taken place in tandem with the one in the film when Doctor Strange sends the interdimensional villains and their accompanying Spider-Men back to where they came from.
There was a caveat, however, and it is important. A small piece of Venom’s symbiote has been left behind in the MCU. This could mean a number of things for the future. Venom appearing in the next Spidey movie, or possibly before that, but probably without Tom Hardy as the host is the most likely outcome. What hasn’t been clarified is why Brock and Venom were summoned to the MCU by Strange’s spell in the first place.
The spell was only meant to open the door between universes to those who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Brock clearly had no idea. However, Venom boasted in the credits of his own movie that he had “80 billion light-years of Hive knowledge across universes”. Chances are it will include information on who Spider-Man is in at least one of them.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
No Way Home’s second credits scene, which comes right at the end of the film, was a little different than what MCU fans are used to. Not a short scene introducing a new character or including a joke, but essentially a full trailer for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, the MCU’s next big-screen installment arriving in May 2022.
Even though Strange closes the cracks in the multiverse with his “everyone forgets Peter Parker” spell at the end of No Way Home, Doctor Strange 2’s name reveals that he hasn’t fully repaired it. The teaser for the next chapter begins with Strange saying “it was the only way, but I never wanted that to happen” to someone. Perhaps a TVA rep who will likely get involved given the disruption to multiple timelines during No Way Home.
Strange then seeks out Wanda and asks for her help, questioning her about what she knows about the multiverse. The last time we saw Wanda was in the end credits scene of WandaVision. In this scene, Wanda seemed to be playing with magic, and maybe even time. Now it looks like she’s actually helping Strange clean up his spell damage.
The real dropper in the post-credits teaser is when Strange is shown face-to-face with Strange Supreme. Strange Supreme was first introduced to the MCU via the animated series What If? like the dark version of Doctor Strange, who becomes evil due to his inability to accept the permanence of Christine’s death. Strange Supreme ignores The Ancient One’s warnings and brings Christine back from the dead, thus shattering the universe.
The universe collapses in on itself as a result, leaving Strange Supreme trapped for eternity. Well, except when The Watcher frees him to help save the multiverse before sending him back to his infinite prison. It wasn’t clear if the Strange Supreme in the live-action MCU will be the same as in What If, but it seems likely. Perhaps the second spell cast by Strange allowed his dark alter ego to escape and arrive in his universe. This would explain Mordo telling Strange that the greatest threat to their universe is him, and perhaps Doctor Strange 2 will be the last we see of him in the MCU as he sacrifices himself to defeat Strange Supreme.
Not only did the action throughout No Way Home open many doors for the future, but its two credit scenes paved the way for what might just be the MCU’s most exciting chapter yet. Spider-Man and Doctor Strange will return, as will Wanda, Venom, and, at this point, potentially anyone your heart desires.
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