Will Venom face off with Spider-Man in the next “Venom” film? Tom Hardy’s latest social media post indicates it’s possible.

What’s the news:

Tom Hardy posted a photo on his Instagram story Tuesday that showed Venom eating Spider-Man. Yes, it’s a little bit of a gory photo.

But the post came about the same time that Sony announced the “Venom” sequel would be titled “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”

Here’s a screenshot of the post, captured by ComicBook.com ‘s Brandon Davis:

  • The sequel’s title suggests Hardy’s Eddie Brock will face off with Carnage, who was briefly played by Woody Harrelson at the end of the first “Venom” movie.
  • Hardy’s post suggests Spider-Man may appear in the next film.

The ongoing rumors about Spider-Man

  • Rumors about Spider-Man vs. Venom have been around for some time. There have been rumors of Spider-Man and Venom fighting in one of the next “Venom” films. Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and Venom. But Sony inked a deal with Marvel, which allowed Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s been speculation that Spider-Man might appear in one of the “Venom” films and compete against Venom.
  • There have been some rumors that Spider-Man will appear in other Sony comic book projects, too. We saw a poster for Spider-Man in the “Morbius” trailer, along with a brief shot of Michael Keaton’s character Vulture, who was the villain of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” a film set in the MCU, as I wrote for the Deseret News.