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"Everyone's got their thing. Maybe it's a breakup, a death, an accident... Whatever it is, you used to be one thing. Now, you're something else."
Eddie Brock
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Venom is a sci-fi Horror-Comedy movie based on the Marvel Comics character and Spider-Man anti-hero of the same name. With production being handled entirely by Sony and no involvement with Marvel Studios, it was produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmachnote  and directed by Ruben Fleischer with a script written by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel. The movie was released on October 5th, 2018, and is the first film in Sony's Universe of Marvel Charactersnote .

Down-on-his-luck journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) finds himself looking for a big break as rumors of corrupt and unethical practices within the Life Foundation start to surface, and along the way he discovers that the corporation is forcing alien life forms known as Symbiotes to bond with unwitting test subjects. Eventually being infected by a Symbiote that's willing to help Eddie while advancing its own agenda, the two become a "superhero" known as Venom as they work together to shut down the Life Foundation for good. Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed appear as Anne Weying — Eddie Brock's ex-fiance — and Big Bad Dr. Carlton Drake, respectively. Woody Harrelson also has a cameo as a character in the post-credits scene.

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Venom is meant to be the first film of a Shared Universe of Spider-Man spin-offs, focused on other superpowered characters that have been introduced across decades of comics — with nearly 900 characters free to appear in the movies without the involvement of Marvel Studios. With that in mind, the web-head himself does not appear in this film, nor is he referenced in the slightest. While Spider-Man could appear in these movies in the future (be it as Tom Holland's version or a different actor altogether), Sony have opted not to take that route and specifically removed Venom's spider-insignia from his design for this reason.

Information on whether or not Venom and its intended shared universe are a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been wildly inconsistent, with conflicting comments from the creators on Sony's end and reports from other outlets. The short answer is a "no", for now. While Sony is seemingly open to integrating this movie in the MCU, Marvel Studios at present seem to be more ambivalent and would prefer to keep in line with their own long-term plans instead of trying to juggle Sony's overall arc for these movies within the rapidly-expanding MCU.note  The spin-offs will also not affect Sony's existing commitment to working with Marvel Studios, aside from each continuity seemingly affecting which characters they can bring into their films.

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A sequel to Venom has been greenlit and is in early stages of development, with writer Kelly Marcel returning to pen the script and director Ruben Fleischer confirmed to not return. Hardy, Williams, and Harrelson are set to return. It is set to follow the release of Morbius, which is also set in the same universe.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2.


Venom contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: It's brought up that Venom is killing Eddie, causing his heart to shrink, multiple organ failures. This proves to be the entire reason why Anne separates Eddie and Venom. After that, it's not brought up again until the final scene. Venom does assure Eddie he can "fix it", but this comes across more as desperate pleas to not be separated from his host and it's not entirely clear if he actually can (And why he hadn't done so already if he could). The final scene of the movie does have Venom admit that Eddie's "liver is gonna start looking real delicious" if Eddie doesn't eat soon, suggesting that the repeated consumption of living flesh can stave this off and that Eddie was simply not adjusted to the Symbiote/eating enough yet.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Eddie Brock is blond in the comics, but has brown hair in the film. Zig-Zagged however, since Eddie has been drawn with hair color ranging from brown to blond in comics and cartoons.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Yes, the Venom symbiote was bonded to Eddie in the comics. However, its connection to his body was essentially in the form of a glorified second layer of skin that would often take the appearance of civilian clothes. This film sees Eddie bonded to the symbiote similarly, but it's also become a part of his body, similar to how his Ultimate version was bonded to the Black Suit.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Riot was merely The Brute to the Life Foundation's symbiote squad and not particularly powerful - all he could do was shapeshift his limbs into blunt weapons like hammers and maces. Here, he is on his own, but is upgraded to Big Bad in this movie, not only being able to shapeshift into sharp objects and being more deadly but also being Venom's superior in power.
    • Eddie is portrayed by Tom Hardy for a much more “action hero” vibe on-screen.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While not exactly a villain in the comics, pre-Venom Eddie did some pretty shady things as a reporter and cared more about advancing his own career than doing the right thing. In some other cases, Depending on the Writer, Eddie's hatred of Spider-Man was so great that it was what turned the symbiote into a murderous Yandere for Spidey. This movie provides a Hard-Work Montage of Eddie going after corrupt tech companies, followed by lightly chiding his girlfriend for working a defense law firm that defends evil people... and then using her login information to access confidential information to interview Carlton Drake with about performing life-threatening experiments on vulnerable people. See the YMMV page.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Venom symbiote's villainous personality in the comics may or may not have been caused by it being corrupted by Eddie's Irrational Hatred for Spider-Man. This take on the symbiote starts out cheerfully violent, macabre and hungry for human flesh. Also, it had a pet-like loyalty to Eddie in the comics, while the film's symbiote admits it's keeping Eddie alive to keep itself alive and because he's too good a genetic match to discard and replace. The latter part at least creeps into the movie through the finale, when it admits it's grown attached to Eddie enough to abandon Riot's invasion plan and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to protect him from the exploding rocket.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially worn by Peter Parker as a Spider-Man suit after he finds it on another planet before eventually separating and bonding with Eddie Brock. However, the movie makes the symbiotes independent discoveries of the Life Foundation, removing any connection to Spider-Man whatsoever. Indeed, the giant "white spider" insignia that typically appears on Venom's chest is absent, with the director implying that this was for legal reasons (most likely to do with Marvel Studios).
  • Admiring the Abomination: Drake considers the symbiotes 'beautiful' when he sees them, and about half of his dialogue in the film is him describing how they are superior life forms to his fellow Puny Humans. He also all but falls in love with Eddie and Venom and he watches their first rampage via drone cameras, as it represents a level of symbiosis his own experiments have yet to achieve.
  • Affably Evil: Carlton Drake, who never stops being polite - whether it's cutting off Eddie from an attempt at muckraking during what should be a normal interview, calming down a test subject before they're unsuccessfully bonded to a symbiote, and only expresses genuine disappointment in a head scientist for betraying him. He runs scholarships for kids, and has invigorated space travel for human betterment - in the end, all he wants is Earth to survive. However, see Faux Affably Evil.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Justified for the symbiotes. They are only heard speaking when bonded to a human host and being bonded to a host gives the symbiote full access to all of the host's memories and skills, including complete fluency in the host's native language.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with and averted. Eddie is easily the bad boy of the movie. His fiancee leaves him and starts dating a guy who is A LOT more stable.
  • Alternate Continuity: With Spider-Man Adapted Out and no references to the Avengers, it appears this film is set outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is worth noting, however, that the film takes place in San Francisco, a city fairly untouched by the MCU (outside of the Ant-Man series), meaning that the canons could be easily merged if the Venom-verse falls apart.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese dubbed version features a theme song sung by Uverworld called “GOOD and EVIL”.
  • Always Someone Better: Venom himself admits he is kind of a loser among his own kind the way Eddie is, and so he changes his mind about bringing the symbiote race to Earth. He'd rather be a big fish in a little pond with Eddie than be just another loser again in a planet full of symbiotes inhabiting the remnants of an otherwise dead human race.
  • Apathetic Citizens: What's the reactions of a passerby to an eight-foot-tall pure black alien monster lifting a guy up and threatening to eat his face on an open street? Film it on his cell phone.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: with a scoop of Artistic License – Law as well. Dr. Lewis casually shares Eddie's medical results with Anne throughout the film, even discussing it on the phone with her without getting ahold of Eddie at all. In real life that would be a HIPAA violation and could cost you your job plus fines ranging from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Venom describes his weakness to loud sounds in terms of hertz. Specifically that sounds between 4000 and 6000 hertz hurt him. Hertz are a measure of frequency (or pitch), not volume. If Venom's weakness works as described, he'd be affected by any sound in the 4000-6000 hz range, no matter the volume, and he'd be unaffected by low frequency (lower pitch) sounds like the sound grenades used by the SWAT team no matter how loud.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The Venom symbiote may be aggressive, violent and sadistic at times; but it's more like a predator fighting for survival than a monster. It generally never hurts or kills people that aren't a direct threat to it or Eddie, and limits its more extreme actions for the sake of pragmatism. Later on, the creature comes to truly care for Eddie as more than just a vehicle and seems to genuinely like staying on Earth with him. Compare to Riot, who is genuinely sadistic and relishes bringing the rest of its kind to Earth.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Instead of another Sequel Hook, the post-credits scene shows a sneak peek of Miles Morales meeting Peter Parker in another universe.
  • Anti Climax Cut:
    (Eddie stares down from the window of an eighty-story building.)
    Venom: Jump.
    (Cut to Eddie using the elevator.)
    Venom: Pussy.
  • Apologetic Attacker: During Eddie and Venom's first fight scene, Eddie is appalled by the violence he's causing.
  • Ascended Extra: Riot, like the other Life Foundation symbiotes, is mostly little-known and oft-forgotten in the comics. Here, he is more or less the Big Bad.
  • Asshole Victim: A thug shown early in the movie is indicated to have been hassling Mrs. Chen for money every now and then, threatening her if she doesn't pay up. At the end of the film, he becomes a meal for Venom. Even Eddie has no qualm letting Venom devour him.
  • Bastardly Speech: Carlton Drake gives a lot of these. Most obviously, he does this with the first test subject, Isaac, going into a long monologue about how he appreciates the biblical Isaac for being willing to be sacrificed to God and connecting it with his "willingness" to be a test subject. And then he releases the symbiote.
  • Berserk Button: The symbiote does not like being called a "parasite". Not at all.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Life Foundation — led by Dr. Carlton Drake — discovered the symbiotes on an asteroid, brought them to Earth using a space probe, and is using them unlawfully on test subjects that could die as a result of the exposure. On the other side, there's Riot who's spearheading an invasion force of symbiotes to conquer Earth and eventually bonds with Drake to accomplish this.
  • Big Eater: Anyone bonded with the symbiotes develops a ravenous hunger. The Malaysian paramedic infected with Riot eats a live eel and Eddie has no problem eating rotten chicken from his trashcan after he ran out of food in his apartment. Turns out if they aren't properly nourished, then the symbiote will start eating their hosts' organs away. It also needs to be the right type of food; Drake's test subjects keep dying even though they're given "enough liquid nutrition to feed an elephant." See Horror Hunger.
  • Black Comedy: The Venom symbiote's attempts at humor are morbidly hilarious. It mentions it is going to eat body parts of mooks or dismember them, all the while talking to them with a sort of glee like they were old friends catching up.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Riot's hands can turn into gigantic ax-heads.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The film features several violent moments that are notable for having no blood, likely as a way to keep the PG-13. This includes Venom biting off the heads of people (done in quick cuts or off-screen) and Riot massacring the scientists at the Life Foundation. The most human blood we see is when Riot impales Eddie and leaves him for dead.
  • Body Horror: The symbiotes' host die rather gruesomely if their relationship are not compatible and if they are, they are slowly eating their hosts from the inside. Venom for instance is still eating Eddie's organs as shown by medical reports from Anne's boyfriend. Symbiotes are also capable of repairing their hosts bodies no matter what injuries they suffer but the process is rather painful to watch.
  • Breakout Villain: It's a solo film starring one of the most famous former members of Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
  • Brick Joke: Venom explains to Eddie that Riot has "shit that you (Eddie) never seen." This leads to the following exchange when they battle Riot who is able to morph his hands into giant weapons.
    Eddie: Holy shit!
    Venom: Told you.
    • After beating up the men Carlton Drake sends to Eddie's home, Venom suggests that he and Eddie bite off all their heads and pile them in a corner. Understandably, Eddie is horrified by that suggestion. Later on, Anne ends up doing exactly that to Roland Treece after the Venom symbiote temporarily uses her as a host to save Eddie. After transferring the symbiote to Eddie via Big Damn Kiss, she expresses a similar reaction to Eddie after realizing what she did to Treece.
    • After Eddie gets home after being infected with the Venom symbiote, he immediately eats everything he sees, including several frozen tater tots that are in his fridge. What does the Venom symbiote ask for when he and Venom go out shopping for food at the end of the film? You guessed it: tater tots. And chocolate.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Eddie's apartment neighbor keeps playing electric guitar on stereo rocking the entire floor. At first Eddie (miserably) ignores it, but then he absorbs Venom and when the neighbor plays it again, Eddie begs him to turn it down. The neighbor's response? No way. Then Eddie shows him part of Venom's face (eyes and teeth). The neighbor gets scared straight and promises to lower the volume; better yet, he just stops.
  • The Cameo: Good old Stan Lee makes his usual cameo appearance near the end of the movie telling Eddie not to give up on Anne.
  • Cardboard Box of Unemployment: Anne is seen walking from her (former) workplace with one after Eddie uses data from an email Life Foundation sent her regarding a lawsuit. Despite also losing his job for the same reasons, Eddie doesn't have one.
  • Casting Gag: Two of them happen in the Japanese dub:
  • Ceiling Smash: Eddie slams a Life Foundation goon into the ceiling of his apartment when they come after him.
  • Censored Child Death: It's strongly implied that the little girl Riot takes possession ends up being eaten alive from the inside-out like every symbiote's adult hosts, yet the scene immediatly cut away when Riot seizes Carlton Drake.
    • Another interpretation is the girl was a good match because she looked significantly healthier than Riot’s other hosts. The only host shown to suffer medically from Riot’s posession was the EMT.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Eddie is friends with a homeless woman, Maria, who camps outside Ms. Chen's convenience store and talks with him every time he visits. On his second visit to the store during the plot, Maria is nowhere to be seen with her possessions still laying on the sidewalk. It's revealed a short while later that she is one of the homeless residents Drake has been kidnapping and using as test subjects, and Eddie's attempt to break her out of the Life Foundation's science wing results in her death and Venom merging with him.
    • When Eddie is first taken to the hospital where Dan works and is given the MRI, he storms out and passes a woman holding a dog, which is seen growling at him. Later in the film, when Dan drives the symbiote away from Eddie and locks it in the MRI room, it successfully escapes and possesses the dog for a brief period.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: An interesting case with Venom and Riot as those are the actual names of the Symbiotes themselves. Played straight with She-Venom as she is never called that in the movie.
  • Composite Character: Dr. Carlton Drake and Riot are separate characters in the comics, but here the latter is depicted as the form Drake takes when bonded with a symbiote.
  • Cool Loser: Venom says that where he comes from he is known as a loser, just like Eddie is on Earth. This helps the two bond and stand up to Riot.
  • Creepy Child: Riot uses a little girl as a temporary host. While it's inside her, she fits to a letter.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Eddie is cornered by a bunch of police in riot armor, he warns them not to antagonize him. When they hold him at gunpoint, the symbiote emerges and Venom proceeds to toss them around like rag dolls and Metronomic Man Mashing them into each other.
  • Darker and Edgier: Zigzagged. Ruben Fleischer planned for this movie to follow in the footstepsinvoked of both Deadpool and Logan, aiming for a hard R-rating... but Sony instead opted to push for a more marketable and MCU crossover-friendly PG-13 rating — still pushing the boundaries without crossing the line.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Downplayed. Eddie is our main protagonist and is very dark in appearance as Venom, but he suggests that the symbiote (from which his black "suit" derives) is more malicious than its comic counterpart, comparing it to a demon.
  • Dark Reprise: When Eddie, under the influence of Venom, starts gobbling food from the other patrons in the restaurant scene, Anne slaps him to get him to his senses. Eddie growls and starts reaching for Dan, awkwardly grabbing at his face before getting back to food. Later on in the film, Eddie, under the influence of Venom again, attacks Dan in the hospital and almost chokes him to death before Anne saves him.
  • Dirty Cop: Skirth believes that Drake might had some cops on his paycheck which is the reason she meets up with Eddie instead of reporting to the police.
  • Disney Death: After blowing up Riot's rocket, Venom morphs into a parachute to try and protect Eddie from the resulting explosion, and seemingly burns up in the process. It turns up alive by the film's end.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Carlton Drake has a bunch of homeless people rounded up to test the symbiotes on. Seeing him casually rushing through this phase of testing and not even flinching at the sight of one such homeless man being partially-consumed by the blue symbiote is what convinces Dr. Skirth to become a whistleblower. It's also implied this isn't the first time Drake's taken this particular shortcut, and that a lot of the Life Foundation's breakthroughs have occurred by fast-tracking research in a similar way.
  • Distressed Dude: Eddie seems to be in constant need of rescuing by either Venom or Anne , or both throughout the movie.
  • Evil Feels Good: Downplayed because it's more to do with the feeling of power and strength (the Venom symbiote enhances all physical abilities while granting regeneration and immunity to toxins and disease means you feel perpetually in the peak of physical health not to mention the rush of using the power) and the Venom symbiote is the Big Good of the movie and, though he's a very ruthless one, at one point Eddie admits to Anne that he's starting to enjoy being Venom's host. Illustrated best in one scene where Venom is about to eat a petty extortionist and he reveals half of Eddie's face. Right before Eddie is covered up again, we get a glimpse of him smiling (though this is more to do with the guy being a hardened criminal routinely hitting up someone he knows personally for protection and Eddie's morals allow him to be OK with Pay Evil unto Evil.)
  • Evil Is Visceral: The symbiote in general looks a lot more flesh-like than its last film outing, and great detail has been made to give it a slick, oily sheen that makes it look like exposed muscle tissue dyed pitch-black.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Dr. Carlton Drake sees bonding people to symbiotes as the next step in human evolution, though his experiments with them tend to go awry.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Venom symbiote has a very deep, menacing voice.
  • Evil Wears Black: Dr. Carlton Drake dresses in an entirely black outfit. Unusually for a film using this trope, our hero is also set to have a mostly black appearance.
  • Fanservice: Eddie making out with the Symbiote. The symbiote is being worn by Anne Weying, not Eddie, at the time, and there is a reason everyone on the internet love that scene.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Carlton Drake: Great with kids! Friendly to his subordinates! Watch him casually transition from chatting about his subordinate's kids to subtly threatening them.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • An in-universe example happens while Eddie is at home. He pulls out a load of (burnt) tater tots, and Venom abruptly instructs him "Don't answer the door" before someone knocks. Still not one hundred percent sure what's going on with the dark creepy version of his own voice at this point, Eddie is only confused and disregards the warning.
    • The first part of the Creative Closing Credits has graphics in black and white, the traditional colors of Venom, with a few moments of black and red. The mid-credits Stinger has Eddie going into a prison complex to speak with Cletus Kassidy, who warns him that when he gets out, there's going to be Carnage.
    • At the end of the credits is a list of the licenced music used in the movie and the very last piece credited is "Music from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sure enough, a comic book panel suddenly appears reading "Meanwhile, in another universe..." and a clip from that very movie starts playing.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: After obtaining the Venom Symbiote, Eddie immediately becomes hungry and eats frozen tater tots and then finds some chicken leftover in his trash can. However, because the chicken was rotten, it causes Eddie to get sick and runs to the toilet where he pukes everything up.
  • Foreshadowing: Maria's absence from her usual spot seems like a simple case of Eddie being at this lowest, to the point where the nicest people left in his life aren't there to comfort him anymore. It turns out, Life Foundation's got to her and made her one of their test subjects.
  • Funny Background Event: When Venom is threatening to snack on his tracker's "eyes, lungs or pancreas", someone in the background is recording the whole thing on his phone.
  • Green Aesop: Venom favors sustainable methods while the other symbiotes want to ruin the Earth's ecosystem.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: When he's fighting the SWAT Team, Venom grabs an officer and uses him to club a half-dozen more into submission.
  • Hearing Voices: Eddie hears the Venom symbiote's voice in his head as though it's speaking to him.
    Eddie: If you're going to stay, you will only hurt bad people.
    Venom Symbiote: The way I see it... we can do whatever we want. Do we have a deal?
  • Hero Insurance: By the end of the film, Eddie is otherwise not in trouble for assaulting multiple police officers (even a SWAT team who had all the time in world to look at him before he transformed and whom Eddie makes sure Venom does not kill).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Venom, at first, is perfectly okay with his species' plan to assimilate all life on Earth. It's only after he takes a good look at the beauty of the cityscape and finding himself to be Not So Different from Eddie that he decides to take a different path.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final battle, Venom uses the same blade that Riot used to stab Eddie to shred the rocket Riot and Drake are aboard so that it detonates before it can reach Venom's home world.
  • Horror Hunger: After bonding with the Venom Symbiote, Eddie finds himself overcome with a hunger for any food, even if it was thrown in the trash. Venom eventually clarifies that he needs to eat living things, preferably humans, so as not to cannibalize his host. Eddie eventually lays down some ground rules, allowing Venom to eat bad humans.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Drake tells a little girl at a field trip that it's not wrong to ask questions, and warns there will be those who try to silence the questioners. Barely a scene later, he gets uncomfortable when Eddie asks questions concerning his dirty laundry and has him kicked out of the premise. And he doesn't actually let the little girl ask her question, pawning it off on someone else as he goes to get ready for his interview.
    • Thrice over does Drake establish himself as hypocritical in a single scene. He tries to comfort a homeless test subject with the biblical story (despite his cynicism), talks of sacrifice (when he's not the one making the sacrifice) and promises the homeless man he won't "abandon us" (and teams up with Riot to hand over Earth to the symbiotes).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Considering that Eddie is bonded to Venom, he's kinda-sorta engaging in cannibalism whenever Venom eats a human.
  • Informed Attribute: Dr. Carlton Drake never really shows any hint of the intelligence or scientific acumen required of one who worked as hard as people with doctorates must to be able to put that title before their names. We see him throw money, mooks, and "volunteers" at problems, get pissed when things don't go as he hopes, and lie through his teeth or threaten people's jobs and lives if they don't do what he wants. We never see him provide any theories or suggest alternative hypotheses for why something doesn't work.
  • Instant Expert: While symbiotes do absorb the knowledge of their hosts, Venom knowing how to pull motorcycle stunts during the street chase with Drake's Mooks is at a completely different level.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Subverted Trope. Previous adaptations pronounce symbiote as "sim-BEE-oat." Here, Jenny Slate's character suggests it's pronounced "sim-BYE-oat" ...and later Carlton Drake pronounces it as "sim-BEE-oat". It really just depends on how each character pronounces it.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Eddie Brock is an investigative journalist asked to look into the Life Foundation by one of its employees — putting him at odds with his fiance Anne Weying, whose lawfirm represents Dr. Carlton Drake.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Right before Venom destroys Drake's rocket, he tells Riot to "have a nice life", the same thing Drake told Eddie when he interviewed him in the beginning of the movie.
    • When Eddie is confronted by a SWAT team, and fails to talk them down, the officers don their gas masks, ready to launch tear gas. With regret, Eddie tells Venom to come forward and take over:
      SWAT Leader: Masks!
      SWAT Officers: Copy!
      Eddie: Alright, have it your own way. Mask!
      Venom: Copy!
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Venom takes most insults in its stride but absolutely HATES being called a "parasite."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By the end of the film, the Venom symbiote develops into this. He's still quite snarky and bloodthirsty, but he grows to genuinely care about Eddie, and even turns on his fellow symbiote to help him save Earth.
  • Jump Scare:
    • When Venom suddenly shouts Eddie's name as he's brushing his teeth, the fright is enough to send the latter leaping back in shock, knocking himself unconscious on the wall behind him. It is here that we the audience find out that Eddie Brock Screams Like a Little Girl with a hilariously high pitch.
    • Later on, when Carlton Drake is interrogating a captured Eddie to try and find out where the Venom symbiote is, he unexpectedly morphs into Riot midway through. Amusingly, Eddie isn't nearly as scared at this as he was with Venom, despite Riot being much more dangerous.
  • Knight Templar: Eddie demands that if the symbiote is going to hurt anyone, it should at least only hurt bad people.'
  • Large Ham: Tom Hardy was clearly having fun as both Eddie and Venom.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Riot symbiote is silver and set up as the climactic villain.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: In the climax of the film, Venom takes a symbiote blade that Riot used to stab Eddie and reuses it to slice the fuel tank of the rocket ship that Drake and Riot are in as it launches, killing the evil duo in a massive explosion.
  • Loud of War: As in the comics, symbiotes are vulnerable to high frequency sound, specifically 4 to 6 kilohertz, which can drive them from their hosts and even kill with prolonged exposure.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The Venom suit allows Eddie to contort in ways that aren't humanly possible and freakishly alters his appearance, such as sprouting Combat Tentacles. He also gains super strength, speed and can heal grievous injuries like broken bones in matter of seconds.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: While Riot can seemingly generate any weapon out of itself, Venom is only shown creating different shields.
  • Men Act, Women Are: Venom refuses to let Anne enter the battlefield asserting there's nothing she can do to help, despite both Anne and Eddie protesting that she can "fight ugly." Defied in the climax, where she ignores their urging to stay away and saves both their lives without even needing to get her hands dirty.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Gender-flipped when Eddie gets back in contact with Anne after she's started seeing Dan. Eddie ends up on civil terms with both of them, and Dan shows no sign of jealousy but unhesitatingly tries to help Eddie out when he looks like he's in trouble.
  • Mook Horror Show: Venom inflicts one on the S.W.A.T. team that try to capture him and Eddie, shrugging off their attacks, moving around in secret thanks to the smoke grenades they throw at him and smashing and knocking them around with impunity. In the end he advances on a terrified agent who empties his magazine trying to shoot him and tries to bite his head off, stopping only when Anne comes in, spots him and distracts him. Sony released an abridged version of this fight scene called "To Protect and Sever" as a preview trailer.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Venom has dozens of sharp, thin teeth.
  • Moustache de Plume: Eddie is so desperate for a new chance as a reporter he doesn't mind writing under a female pseudonym. Even then he's rejected.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She-Venom is just as curvaceous as she in the comics.
  • Mugging the Monster: An entire SWAT team has Eddie at gunpoint, and he warns them that things will go badly. They take their chances, and get the floor wiped with them for their troubles.
    Eddie: Guys? You do NOT want to do this, trust me.
  • The Multiverse: Although there's no crossover with it (yet), the post-credits sequence clearly mentions that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse happens at the same time "in another universe".
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya:
    Eddie: What the Hell Are You?
    Venom: I... am Venom. And you...are mine.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Venom's design heavily resembles his look in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. He also lacks his Chest Insignia, making him resemble both of his incarnations in Ultimate Marvel.
    • Likewise, even though the design does not straightforwardly adapt Venom's classic spider emblem, he does have some white-coloured veins in roughly the same place. Similarly, while he never attached to Peter to absorb spider-powers, Venom comes up with some workarounds to mimic Spider-Man's abilities like web-swinging (turning his own tissue into tentacles that shoot like webs) and wall-crawling (just clawing violently up said walls). Most impressively, Venom seems to already have a Spider-Sense despite not copying it from Peter Parker, as he often warns Eddie of danger several seconds in advance.
    • The lighting in one particular scene gives Venom a color scheme not unlike his appearance in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. His growls also sound like those of The Animated Series' Venom.
    • Venom's half-open face at the end of the third trailer looks ripped straight from Mark Bagley's artwork.
    • Venom's "Eyes... lungs... pancreas... so many snacks, so little time." quip is taken word-for-word from The Amazing Spider-Man #374, where it was an Attack Hello to Spider-Man.
    • During the final battle, Riot generates a spiked mace from itself, among other weapons. This might hearken back to comics Riot's original distinction of creating blunt weapons out of its arms like maces and hammers.
      • For that matter, Riot being able to create weapons out of itself while Venom can't makes it more akin to Carnage than its comics counterpart.
    • Ann Weying mentions the "Daily Globe incident" and that Eddie was "run out of New York," undoubtedly referencing his bungling of the Sin Eater case like his origin in the comics.
    • The astronaut who Riot bonded is named Jameson who is likely John Jameson, son of J. Jonah Jameson who becomes the superhero Man-Wolf. Like in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, John Jameson is responsible for bringing the Venom symbiote to Earth. The credits support this by naming him "J. J. Jameson III". In the comics, his father is J. Jonah Jameson Junior.
    • Venom tells Eddie to get it chocolate, this refers to the comics where it's discovered that chocolate helps to curb a symbiote's To Serve Man tendencies.
    • During the fight scene in Eddie's apartment, Venom at one point throws a barbell he has lying around at the attackers. In the comics, Eddie obsessively turned to weight lifting and bodybuilding after the Sin-Eater incident.
    • Eddie Brock’s journal was put on display at the 2018 NYCC, and his notes on Cletus Kasady contain a bunch of references to Maximum Carnage.
    • Cletus Kasady is introduced writing the message "Welcome Eddie" onto the bars of his cell with his own blood while waiting for Eddie to arrive. His first comics appearance as Carnage had him do the same with his victim's, with the words "Carnage Rules!" scrawled on the walls of the crime scene.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers, and the teaser especially, sold Venom as a horror-thriller drama. The actual movie is more of a Black Comedy Buddy Picture with more action set pieces than horror elements, although those are still there.
  • Nightmare Face: The symbiote doesn't always swallow Eddie up when they transform. At one point it leaks through his eyes and mouth, giving him a look not unlike the one Bilbo Baggins once had.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Carlton Drake is a foreign-born multi-millionaire who has, at the time of the film, perfected private (i.e. not government-funded) space travel. He's basically Elon Musk of SpaceX fame.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Carlton Drake at first wanted suitable humans to bond with the symbiotes so that they can leave Earth and colonize other planets. After bonding with Riot, he decides that all Humans Are Bastards and to let the entire symbiote race feed on and assimilate them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Venom actually gives one during the climax when Riot first attacks him full force near the rocket. Seeing as his default expression is a Slasher Smile it's actually pretty funny.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: Downplayed example, Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock) is 40 years old while Riz Ahmed (Carlton Drake) is five years younger, although he doesn't look his age.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: You can hear Tom Hardy's English accent break through his narration at times, specifically on "own" and "issues."
  • Overpopulation Crisis: Dr. Carlton Drake believes humanity already seeing the symptoms of one, and to the public he appears to be exploring space so he can settle the final frontier. In reality, his solution is to bond humans with symbiotes and get them off the planet, and when Riot bonds with him, he has absolutely no qualms about inviting a million man-eating symbiotes to Earth to cull the herd.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Even whenever angered or serious, both Venom and Riot always bear a vicious grin wherever they go. The most they can express is widening and narrowing their eyes, while retaining their usual shape.
  • Plot Hole: The film doesn't bother to explain how the Venom symbiote is still attached to Eddie even after it separated from him and apparently died to the explosion of the Life Foundation rocket. Eddie simply accepts that the symbiote is with him again and the film moves on from there.
    • Director admits that Riot shouldn't have been spending 6 months with the same old lady from Malaysia.
  • Precision F-Strike: Eddie gets the honor of the PG-13 F-word in the climax.
    Eddie: (with regards to Riot being on a whole different level to Venom) Fuck it, let's save the world!
  • Prefers Raw Meat: The symbiote likes meat in large quantities — preferably alive, optionally human. Zig-zagged when it and Eddie negotiate a diet that includes conventional human fare, like tater tots and chocolate.
  • Production Foreshadowing: When Hasbro's Marvel Legends released a comic-appearance wave of Venom figures (due to a blanket ban on movie-appearance figures not under the MCU), one of the random picks to fill out the ranks is Spider-Ham.
  • Product Placement: Ore-Ida tater tots, which Eddie eats frozen while overwhelmed by hunger, then pukes them out again. Later he burns a dish of them in his toaster oven. One wonders how much the company paid for this depiction.
  • Race Lift: Dr. Carlton Drake was an Anglo-American in the comics, but here is played by Riz Ahmed, a British-Pakistani.
  • Rated M for Manly: Action scenes involving SWAT teams, private security contractors, and a giant beefy, deep voiced alien with no shortage of black comedy one-liners. Outside the action scenes, you have what amounts to two buds talking about how to deal with guy stuff.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Eddie sees Mrs. Chen being forced to pay a protection racketeer under gunpoint, but does nothing because he knows what exactly will happen. Aside from that, whereas some Marvel characters would try to 'play hero' (the whole thing comes across as a Take That! to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer"), Eddie's approach (staying out of it) is more pragmatic.
    • While interviewing Drake, Eddie makes serious accusations against him and won't reveal his source or any other evidence. Eddie ends up being fired and unable to find another job as a journalist, implying that Drake used his money and power to get Eddie blacklisted. Additionally, Eddie already had one strike on his journalistic integrity record (whatever "The Daily Globe Incident" was), so Drake probably didn't have to try too hard to render Eddie unemployable in the media industry. And since his accusations referred to confidential info, it's easy to find out who "leaked" this to Eddie, which gets his fiancée fired, she then calls off their engagement and refuses to get back together with him.
    • Eddie manages to be silent and discreet while in the Life Foundation Labs, but when he sees his friend Maria being one of the captives, he loses it and smashes down the door of her cell, like anyone would would in that situation, especially someone as impulsive and emotional as Eddie.
    • After bonding with the symbiote, Eddie begins ravenously eating any available food in his apartment, including frozen tater tots and rotten chicken straight from the bin. Naturally, he pukes everything out. Just because he became a host to a Big Eater entity doesn't mean he can (and/or wants to) eat or stomach everything.
    • After the chaos Venom causes during the chase, he is attacked by the police.
    • When Treece holds Eddie (this time without the symbiote) at gun point, Eddie makes a desperate attempt to grab Treece's gun, only to be quickly overpowered. Just as should happen when a journalist (no matter how fit) tries to fight an overtrained security guy.
    • Bereft of their symbiotes, Drake resorts to a regular fistfight to try and stop Eddie. Drake, the reedy scientist with no established workout or physical training regimen, loses very quickly to Eddie, who has at least fifty pounds on him and weight equipment at home, implying he at least works out regularly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: During their meeting for the first time in six months, Anne tells Eddie it was his own fault he's garnered so much bad luck.
  • Red Alert: While Eddie is breaking out of the Life Foundation lab, loud sirens go off along with blaring red lights.
  • Returning the Wedding Ring: Anne forcibly hands her engagement ring back to Eddie after his betrayal of her trust costs her her job.
  • Rule of Three: Eddie is told twice toward the beginning of the film to "have a nice life," once by Drake. The third time, Venom says it to Riot as he's destroying Drake's rocket.
  • Running Gag: Every time the Venom Symbiote is referred as a "parasite" by other characters, it throws a hissy fit and makes threats that ultimately go nowhere. Likewise, Eddie is called out as a "loser" and often by the Symbiote itself.
  • Royal "We": Averted. The Venom Symbiote refers to itself in singular; "We are Venom" is purely in reference to it and Eddie achieving an understanding and cooperating. There's a noticeable scene where Riot does not use the Royal "We" when calling himself the leader until Drake calls him on this, implying that he regards his host as an Unwitting Pawn instead of an equal.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: The film is this in relation towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has been officially stated that it is not part of the MCU, as Spider-Man is only part of it through collaboration with Sony, however the film's continuity is apparently based on the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Venom could become potentially integrated to the MCU if Marvel Studios and Sony agree. If they do not. . .
  • Shared Universe: Venom is intended to kick off Sony's own Shared Universe of Marvel films (not unlike Fox's X-Men Film Series or the Spider-Man Shared Universe of films Sony was planning to spin off of The Amazing Spider Man 2 prior to the character's integration in the MCU), which will also include separate movies starring Silver Sable, Black Cat, Kraven and another announced film starring Morbius played by Jared Leto. A movie about Mysterio was also discussed, but was cancelled when Spider-Man: Far From Home needed the character.
  • She's Got Legs: Anne is seen running in a skirt that's several inches above the knee.
  • Shooting Superman: When Venom takes on the S.W.A.T. team, they keep shooting him long after it's made clear they aren't doing damage to him.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Besides a single shot of the symbiote squirming around in a glass container, Venom does not appear at all in the teaser trailer.
  • The Sociopath: Carlton Drake is lacking in empathy, superficially charming, has a grandiose sense of self-worth, and is willing to commit genocide on his own species.
  • Soft Water: Defied: Venom knows that a terminal-velocity fall from an exploding spaceship into the water of San Francisco Bay will shatter every bone in Eddie Brock's body like hitting solid-concrete, so Venom turns himself into a parachute to slow Eddie's descent, even though Venom's biomass will be immolated by the flames of the exploding spaceship.
  • The Stinger: Two.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream is heard when Venom throws a SWAT team member over a balcony during a battle with them.
  • The Symbiote: Four amorphous alien entities are recovered by the Life Foundation, which dubs them symbiotes due to their ability to bond to and enhance a host. The symbiotes need a compatible host to function properly, however, and will consume their hosts from the inside-out unless they have a steady supply of living beings to feed upon. Other forms of artificial or pre-cooked food won't do. The blue and yellow symbiotes have trouble bonding to hosts and end up dying in captivity due to exposure to Earth's atmosphere. Venom and Riot adapt better, merging with multiple hosts that likely aren't fully compatible and retaining their abilities. Venom lucks out with Eddie, who is a perfect fit.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted in the climax, Eddie and Drake, both temporarily without their symbiotes, are fighting when Eddie pushes Drake near a ledge, where Drake notices that Riot, his symbiote, is near. Drake tries to distract Eddie long enough for Riot to reach him, but Eddie simply kicks Drake off the ledge.
  • Tag Line:
    • "Lethal Protector", which is also the name of a comic storyline the film is based upon.
    • There's also the rather blunt "See the Movie," which of all things became part of the movie's merchandising campaign.
    • Finally there's "The World Has Enough Superheroes," which could be seen as a Take That! towards the abundance of comic book movies that have been coming out, as well as a reminder that Venom is not your typical comic protagonist.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: "Eddie... cooperate, and you just might survive."
  • Tested on Humans: Carlton Drake has little patience for proper protocol and jumps to testing on homeless people as soon as animal testing shows the slightest bit of progress. This got his company hit with several lawsuits when testing cancer drugs, but he managed to beat it.
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: Eddie and Venom have a falling out after it's revealed that Venom is essentially eating Eddie's organs. Venom can only respond that he can fix it. While it is heavily implied that symbiotes only eat a compatible host if they don't consume enough living biomatter from an outside source, Venom makes no effort to explain this. Anne manages to separate Venom from Eddie using an MRI machine. Eddie storms off only to get captured by the Life Foundation. Venom and Anne save Eddie and their argument is all but forgotten due to the impending invasion of more symbiotes.
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: When he's newly infected by the Venom symbiote and doesn't know how to manage its appetite, Eddie gets so desperate for food that he eats chicken scraps out of the garbage and live lobsters out of a tank in the middle of a restaurant.
  • To Serve Man: Similar to his tendencies in some pieces of media (including his Ultimate comic counterpart), this version of Venom states his desire to consume body parts and organs, holding up a goon at one point and practically salivating over the parts of him he'll get to eat (and later, seemingly devouring a Mook's face whole after describing what he's going to do to him).
    Venom: Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks, so little time. (Licks Mook's face.)
  • To the Pain: Venom likes to make his prey squirm by telling them which parts he'll eat first. He even hints at keeping them alive afterwards just to be cruel.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers presented "We can do whatever we want" as vaguely threatening and from the beginning of Venom and Eddie's symbiosis, but actually it's an upbeat line from the end of the movie, by which point they're actually friends.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The second trailer reveals Carlton Drake himself becomes a host for a symbiote. Specifically, Riot. Additionally, the second trailer shows off the final scene of the film, in which Eddie/Venom confronts and eats the mugger who roped Mrs. Chen into a protection racket, complete with Venom's signature quote and final joke ("Oh... I have a parasite. Goodnight, Mrs. Chen!)
  • Truer to the Text: Zigzagged. This version of Venom is, in some regards, closer to his comic book counterpart compared to his previous live-action version from Spider-Man 3.
    • Venom refers to himself as "we" instead of "I." He's also got a deeper voice.
    • His appearance is more monstrous, more muscular and larger. He also has the iconic enormous tongue and a lot of razor-sharp teeth.
    • He's an anti-hero rather than a straight-up sadistic villain.
    • The symbiote turns Eddie into Venom by "eating him" (as in, the teeth form around his head, just like in the cartoon adaptations and the comics themselves), and acts more like a liquid instead of a sticky spider-entity.
    • The comic adaptation of the movie establishes that the Symbiote is an alien from the Planet Klyntar.
    • Averted, however, in the sense that all connections to Spider-Man are omitted, whereas the previous version was comparatively faithful to the comics' origin story. This version of Venom lacks the iconic "White Spider" chest insignia.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Venom seems to be this when bonded to Eddie. Eddie mostly lets Venom do the work when they're in trouble and hasn't been bonded with Venom long enough for them to be an effective team. Later however, despite Venom outright stating that they had no chance against Riot, they actually make a decent showing and give Riot a hard time. Riot states that Venom found a good host. It seems that having a perfect match with the host affects a symbiote's power because it was heavily implied Riot only took Carlton Drake as a convenience rather than because Drake was a perfect match. It was already established that Riot can take people without killing them immediately. Venom ultimately won because his host was the best match and Riot had to use the host he just happened to be using at the time.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Granted, Mrs. Chen probably isn't at all upset about the death of the guy who was extorting money from her, but she only seems to be mildly surprised when Eddie and Venom ate said guy in front of her.
  • Villain Protagonist: Averted, since the film is taking its cues from storylines where Venom is an anti-hero and isn't the villain.
  • Visual Pun: The first weapon Venom shapeshifts his limbs into during the final battle against Riot is a Riot Control shield as often used by the police.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Drake is trying to find a way to colonize deep space to stop overpopulation and environmental disaster - even if it comes with unethical experiments on the homeless and vicious corporate abuse. And that's before he makes contact with the symbiotes - when a team brings back the symbiotes, he continues the experiments in hopes of allowing humanity to adapt to the extremes of space faster.
  • Voice of the Legion: "We... are Venom."
  • We Have Reserves: While Drake seems genuinely sorry two of the symbiotes his rocket brought back died before they could find a suitable match, Riot casually brushes off his apology by saying the comet has millions more. Drake is also much more upset at the sybmiotes dying in the tests than the human test subjects. Drake only has access to two symbiotes. Humans. . . billions more where those came from.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Asked by a mook so Eddie can spout the famous: "We... are Venom."
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Eddie Brock talks about leaving New York and speaks with a strange version of a New York accent, though it weaves in and out.
  • Wicked Cultured:
  • Wimp Fight: After Anne separates them from the symbiotes, the final fight is temporarily reduced to Eddie vs Drake. While Eddie seems to be able to somewhat handle himself in a fight, it's still very much a reporter vs a scientist.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A villainous example in the case of Riot. Riot was mentioned by Venom as being very strong and capable of "shit you've never seen," giving himself "about 0" chance of defeating him. When the two begin to fight, however, Venom gets a few licks in, and Riot compliments the strength of Venom's host. It appears that Venom ultimately wins because Riot was not fighting at full capacity due to being an imperfect match with Carlton Drake.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the rocket is complete and set for launch, Carlton Drake and Riot slaughter the entire rocket launch crew when one of them is spooked by his erratic behavior and tries to secretly implement an abort procedure.

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