Is Venom 2’s Daily Bugle a plot hole in the MCU?

Venom: Let There Be Carnage features the classic Marvel newspaper The Daily Bugle, but how does this version fit into the MCU’s Spider-Man movies?

Warning: SPOILER ahead for Venom: Let there be carnage!

Venom: Let there be carnage features a printed copy of The Daily Bugle, but how does it fit the version seen in? Spider-Man: Away from homeand creates a hole in the MCU’s plot? The follow-up of 2018 Poison sees Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock facing off against Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of the bloodthirsty Carnage symbiote. While that narrative itself is very self-contained, the battle between Marvel’s two most famous symbiotes also creates future storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The trailers for Morbius revealed a surprising connection to the MCU in the form of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes and graffiti on a wall marking Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, a killer. This suggests that Morbius will be part of the MCU, albeit loosely, thanks to the ongoing agreement between Marvel and Sony that allows them to share ownership of Spidey and his villains. With Venom: Let there be carnage‘s post-credits scene incorporating Venom into the MCU, it’s safe to say that the rest of Sony’s Spider-Man universe also came with it.

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The presence of the Daily Bugle in Venom: Let there be carnage connected to Spider-Man prior to this reveal, however. The Daily Bugle is an iconic part of the Marvel lore, particularly in the Spider-Man comics. While it was missing from the first Sony-MCU joint venture Spider-Man: Homecoming, appeared in Spider-Man: Away from home‘s post-credits, opposite J. Jonah Jameson (again played by JK Simmons). There, however, The Daily Bugle was an Infowars-style online broadcast rather than a traditional newspaper. In Venom: Let there be carnage, the Bugle goes back to its roots by appearing much in print, read by Detective Mulligan (Stephen Graham), which opens up the possibility that these are distinct versions in different universes.

J Jonah Jameson and Daily Bugle

However, the Daily Bugle reports that the bodies of Cletus Kasady’s hidden victims have been found thanks to Eddie Brock. This suggests that the newspaper has been a very well-known entity in Sony’s Spider-Man anti-hero universe for a while. This version of the Daily Bugle has the same logo as Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy, but the copy detective Mulligan holds – and the online version Eddie Brock uses to research his apartment – state very clearly that it is the “West Coast Edition”. All versions of the Daily Bugle are based in New York, so it could simply be an iteration or a different form of the Bugle while still inside the MCU. Likewise, although the Daily Bugle appeared as a broadcast in Spider-Man: Away from home, this does not mean that it cannot also be a physical journal.

This also fits Sony’s viral marketing campaigns. An Instagram account for Flash Thompson was created for Spider-Man: Away from home and has been kept for Spider-Man: No way home. In 2020, one such post included The Daily Bugle and referred to Poison Continuation via a mention of Kasady, as well as a title pointing out that Spider-Man is missing. This was the front page of a newspaper, and while viral marketing doesn’t necessarily set a solid canon, the existence of a paper edition of the Bugle along with the broadcast would be a way to explain how it relates to the different Spiderman universes, rather than creating a plot hole.

As the Spider-Man: No way home sting at the end of Venom: Let there be carnage presents the public release of Peter Parker by J. Jonah Jameson, any doubts that the same version of the Daily Bugle is in the Sony franchise and the MCU are a thing of the past. Venom and Eddie Brock first saw Peter Parker because of the Daily Bugle, so he will definitely play a big role in Venom and Spider-Man’s future, whether that be an eventual Spider-Man 4, Poison 3, or a full-blown crossover event.

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