VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Star Tom Hardy Spotted Wearing SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Production Hat

Let the speculation commence! Venom: Let There Be Carnage star Tom Hardy has been spotted wearing a Spider-Man: No Way Home production hat, a hint, perhaps, that he could show up there as Eddie Brock...

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Tom Holland's Peter Parker may be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but when Sony struck a new deal with Disney, it was made clear that Spider-Man will start swinging between multiple worlds. 

It's no great surprise that Sony wants to use their most valuable asset in the various spinoffs they have planned, and a meeting between Spidey and Venom is definitely high on the wish-lists of many fans. The question is, could that happen as soon as this December's Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Hardy is doing the rounds to promote Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and the actor has caused quite the stir on social media with a photo of himself wearing one of that threequel's production hats. This could mean a lot or nothing at all, but it's definitely interesting, and we still don't know exactly who that sixth member of No Way Home's interdimensional Sinister Six is. 

Asked about a meeting with Spider-Man, Hardy recently said: "There’s a Venom-Verse...there’s a Spider-Verse, there’s Multiverses, there’s all kinds of canon and lore and mythology to explore both laterally and forward in time." 

If Hardy is going to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, then we'd be willing to bet that it's something post-credits related rather than a full-blown appearance alongside Doc Ock and the Green Goblin. Who knows what surprises Sony has planned, though, and with Spidey about to head into the Multiverse...well, the possibilities are endless.

Check out this photo of Hardy for yourselves below:

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breakdown of Spider-Man: No Way Home's Sinister Six!

6. The Lizard

Sam Raimi had tentative plans for years to introduce The Lizard in one of his movies, and he would have been introduced in Spider-Man 4 (with Curt Connors as a supporting villain to John Malkovich's Vulture). That obviously didn't happen, but Sony Pictures did revisit the idea with 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Like his comic book counterpart, this Lizard desperately wanted to regrow his missing arm and ultimately fell into madness when he tried to transform all of New York City's inhabitants. Defeated by Spider-Man and returned to his human form, we last saw Curt in a cell where he was approached by Gustav Fiers and asked whether he'd told Peter the truth about his parents.

That subplot ended up being abandoned, and we never saw The Lizard again. Fans are convinced they've seen him in the trailer for No Way Home, and it makes sense to use the villain here based on action scenes alone. We're hoping for a redesign, of course, and there have been rumblings that this version will be more in line with his comic book counterpart (including the lab coat).

5. Electro

Jamie Foxx was the first actor to be cast in this threequel, and we assumed at the time Kevin Feige just wanted to give the Oscar-winner a shot at playing a decent version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2's big bad. Of course, Foxx later dropped a bombshell by sharing fan-art of the villain squaring off with three versions of the web-slinger (while confirming he won't be blue).

With that, the Spider-Verse theories were born, and a leaked image has since shown us a vastly different Max Dillon. As a result, we can't say for sure if this is the same Electro as the one we met in 2014, but the trailer pointed to his electricity being yellow - as it should be - instead of blue in the MCU.

The Amazing franchise's Peter essentially killed Electro when he defeated him, and while Foxx said in the years that followed that electricity can't truly die, we're not surprised this baddie is looking for vengeance. What he'll bring to the table beyond that remains to be seen, but Max isn't the smartest guy in the world, so it could be that he's primarily the muscle. 

4. Sandman

The technology used to bring Sandman to life in 2007's Spider-Man 3 was jaw-dropping. Unfortunately, Flint Marko wasn't the most effective of villains beyond those visuals and a big part of that can be blamed on the bizarre decision to reveal him as the true killer of Uncle Ben. 

Peter Parker ultimately forgave the villain, and it looked like his evildoing ways were then behind him. Of course, Sandman is a character who frequently jumped between hero and villain status in the comic books, so it probably wouldn't take much for him to be manipulated into being part of this version of the Sinister Six...if he's actually in the movie, that is. 

If all those recent No Way Home theories sprang from the leaked trailer, then it's safe to assume those "scoopers" have been basing their assumptions on the Sandman-like figure we see in that sneak peek. As a result, we're putting Sandman in the "rumoured" category, but it would definitely be fun to see what he could add to the mix here. 

3. The Mystery Sixth Member

Rumour has it that Paul Giamatti's Rhino will be the sixth member of this team, but we're not buying that. The actor seemed utterly baffled when he was asked about a possible return recently, and we're not sure what the point of bringing this character back would actually be. 

The actor delivered a cringe-worthy performance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and fans still can't believe the sequel ended by failing to show us his battle with the web-slinger. Given what a goofy "costume" he was wearing, we can live without a return, but that leaves us to wonder who the sixth member of this apparent team could be. 

The Vulture may be off the table seeing as Adrian Toomes has a mystery role in Morbius, while transforming Mac Gargan into the Scorpion might be too much for an already busy movie. With that in mind, we're betting Mysterio makes his return as the one responsible for uniting these villains. 

2. Doctor Octopus

The big reveal in the trailer we've talked so much about here is, of course, the return of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. The lead villain in 2004's Spider-Man 2, he fell under the control of those four arms and the advanced A.I. chip embedded in his spine and brain. However, he managed to regain his free will during the final battle with the wall-crawler. 

Saving New York City, and perhaps the world, Doc Ock sacrificed himself to bury his dangerous fusion power experiment in the water surrounding the Big Apple. As his lifeless body sank into the depths below, the power in his arms shut down, but the light in them was red instead of white (signalling that they were in control of Otto at the time of his death). 

That could explain why the character has reverted to his villainous ways, and if this Ock blames Peter for his demise, then it's really no wonder he's back and looking to kill any and all versions of Spider-Man! However, we're not expecting him to be the man in charge in this MCU movie...

1. Green Goblin

Yes, Doctor Octopus has traditionally led the comic book's Sinister Six, but it's Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin we expect to see take centre stage in No Way Home as the true mastermind. His familiar laugh - and a Pumpkin Bomb - featured in the trailer, and rumour has it he manipulates the MCU's Peter into freeing him and his fellow villains before embarking on a mission to escape his fate.

While his death was self-inflicted, a lunatic like Norman Osborn almost certainly blames Peter for jumping out of the way and leaving him impaled on his Goblin Glider (he probably isn't best pleased about what happened to his son, Harry, in Spider-Man 3 either). 

Of all these bad guys, it's the Green Goblin we most want to see stick around in the MCU. He is Spider-Man's greatest villain and a character with almost limitless potential, so why not spend the next few years having him torment the web-slinger? Either way, something tells us Gobby could steal the show, especially when he's reportedly getting a new, more comic accurate costume. 

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