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Here's what's going on with Venom's post-credits scene

Post-credit scenes, at least as they exist in our modern-day superhero-soaked landscape, tend to be for the diehards, those who know these worlds beyond what’s presented in the films. That doesn’t change with the mid-credits stinger of Venom, which officially hits theaters today. In the scene, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock visits San Quentin prison, where a serial killer played by Woody Harrelson is locked in a cage.

“When I get out of here, and I will, there’s gonna be carnage.” Harrelson’s character promises. This line is the reveal, as “Carnage” is the alter ego of Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, a main antagonist of Venom’s in the comic books. The above primer from ScreenCrush provides everything you need to know about Carnage’s lore, and even provides some speculation regarding the long-term plans of the Venom franchise.

If “the long-term plans of the Venom franchise” sounds funny in light of the film’s tepid reviews, know that the movie is already raking in loads of cash, with expectations ranging from $55 million to $70 million for this coming weekend alone (sorry, Gaga fans). They might’ve cut all of Hardy’s favorite scenes, but audiences are eating it up.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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