We can basically hear the sounds of the iconic Hercules song, “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” playing in the background of this new Venom: Let There Be Carnage deleted scene. There may be a lot going on in the world of the Spider-Verse right now. With Spider-Man: No Way Home releasing jam-packed trailers and rampant speculation surrounding the multiverse ramping up. We swear, No Way Home can’t fit one more villain. But I feel like this Symbrock deleted scene needs some attention.
Okay, so we wouldn’t call this Venom: Let There Be Carnage perfect. Big franchise movies have a bad history of enjoying a good titillation when it comes to queer relationships, but not committing to anything actual. And the fact that this is on the cutting room floor could speak either to a lack of or an actual understanding of that idea. But, when it comes down to it, the Venom franchise has definitely leaned into the odd couple of it all. In a way that feels good.
And there’s something about the phrasing which makes this scene feel actually genuine. Many times a scene like this would get soundly friend-zoned, but that doesn’t happen. Instead, Venom tells Eddie, “That’s the face of a man that’s in love.” Honestly, “in love” is a pretty strong word choice. On that’s pretty clear-cut. If it was just “You love me,” that would feel more wishy-washy. But “in love.” That’s something for Symbrock shippers to take to heart. I know I will.
Eddie can’t say it back yet. But these things take time. We learned that from Hercules if nothing else. Of course, technically Venom didn’t say it either. But, again, we’ll give them time. Happily, you can soon rewatch their whole relationship because Venom: Let There Be Carnage comes out on VOD on November 23.
In some ways, the actual scene the movie went with was even queerer than this one. Eddie and Venom hiding out in a hotel room, anyone? And, of course, it did feature some actually important happenings. Small things like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appearing on-screen to bridge the worlds of Venom and the MCU. Just details, really. Small potatoes. But as important as all that was… I’m mentally inserting this Venom: Let There Be Carnage deleted scene into its rightful place in the movie.
Eddie, Venom, a beach, and a sunset. What more could you ask for? I guess just a mutual love declaration. We won’t hold our breath. But, the collective we (a.k.a. Symbrock shippers) would still like to see it happen. Maybe we can get that in Spider-Man: No Way Home when it releases in theaters on December 17… Should Eddie and Venom appear.