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Venom is a fictional character — or rather, two fictional characters — that originated in Marvel Comics in 1984. Spider-Man, AKA Peter Parker, unwittingly bonded to an alien symbiote during the first Secret Wars and brought it to Earth thinking it was just a cool shapeshifting costume. Upon discovering it was alive and sentient, he rejected it and it later bonded to disgraced reporter Eddie Brock, who blamed Spider-Man for the ruination of his life, and thus Venom was born. Since then, the symbiote has bonded with several other hosts, including Angelo Fortunato, Anne Weying, Mac Gargan, Flash Thompson and even Carol Danvers.

Owing to the character's popularity, Venom has appeared in Spider-Man and Marvel-related media outside the comics, starting with the Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage video-game and the Spider-Man animated series. In the years since, the range of Venom's media appearances has grown to include not only comics but novels, video-games, movies, and even anime and manga.


Venom's appearances in various media include:

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    Comic Appearances 
Notable Mainstream Comic Appearances:
  • Spider-Man
    • Maximum Carnage
    • The Venom Agenda one-shot
    • Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger miniseries - Retcons Eddie as having terminal cancer.
  • The The Incredible Hulk vs. Venom one-shot
  • Venom (Dark Age series)
    • Lethal Protector Vol. 1 (introduces Scream, Riot, Lasher, Phage, and Agony)
    • Deathtrap - The Vault one-shot
    • Funeral Pyre miniseries
    • The Madness miniseries
    • The Enemy Within miniseries
    • The Mace miniseries
    • Nights of Vengeance miniseries
    • Separation Anxiety miniseries
    • Carnage Unleashed miniseries
    • Venom Super Special one-shot
    • Sinner Takes All miniseries
    • Rune vs. Venom (crossover with Malibu Comics)
    • Along Came A Spider miniseries (part of The Clone Saga)
    • The Hunted miniseries
    • The Hunger miniseries
    • Tooth and Claw miniseries
    • On Trial miniseries
    • License to Kill miniseries
    • Seed of Darkness one-shot
    • Sign of the Boss miniseries
    • Finale miniseries
  • Venom Vol. 1 (written by Daniel Way, introduces Venom's clone, later dubbed Mania)
    • Shiver
    • Run
    • Twist
  • Venom vs. Carnage miniseries (introduces Toxin)
  • Venom: Dark Origin miniseries
  • New Ways to Die (introduces Anti-Venom)
  • Dark Reign
  • Spider-Island (Flash Thompson)
  • Secret Avengers (Flash Thompson)
  • Venom (Remender & Bunn) Vol. 2 (featuring Agent Venom; introducing Mania)
    • Minimum Carnage
  • Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1 #22 - 25 (Agent Venom and Superior Venom)
  • Thunderbolts
    • Vol. 1 #110 - 127 (Mac Gargan)
    • Vol. 2 #1 - 23 (Flash Thompson)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 #14 - 27
  • Secret Wars (2015)
    • Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars: Wade Wilson bonds to the symbiote shortly before it bonds to Peter Parker.
  • Civil War II
  • All-New, All-Different Marvel
  • Marvel NOW! (2016)
    • Venom (Mike Costa) Vol. 3 1 - 6 (Lee Price; the return of Eddie Brock)
    • Deadpool: Back in Black: A sequel to Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars, set in-between Peter rejecting the symbiote and it bonding to Eddie Brock, where the symbiote returns to Deadpool.
  • Marvel Legacy
    • Venom (Mike Costa) Vol. 1: 150 - 165 (introduces Sleeper, the Venom symbiote's seventh offspring)
    • Poison-X: A crossover with X-Men: Blue.
    • Venom Inc: A crossover with The Amazing Spider-Man.
    • Venomized: The final entry in the Venomverse Saga.
    • Go Down Swinging: Both Venom and Anti-Venom try to help Spider-Man fight the Red Goblin.
  • Marvel: A Fresh Start
    • Venom (Donny Cates) Vol. 4: 1 - Introduces Tyrannosaurus/Rex, the Grendel, and Knull.
    • Venom: First Host: 1 - 5: A miniseries acting as a conclusion to Mike Costa's run on Venom.
    • War of the Realms
    • Savage Avengers - Introduces Conan's Necrosword
    • Symbiote Spider-Man: Untold tales featuring Symbiote Spider-Man.
      • Symbiote Spider-Man Vol. 1 — features Symbiote Mysterio
      • Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality
      • Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black — retcons Mister E into being a proto-symbiote.
      • Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads
    • Venom (Ewing & Ram V)
    • Venom: Lethal Protector Vol. 2
    • Thor (2020)
Alternate Comics

    Other Media 
Anime and Manga


  • Diane Duane's CCRC Trilogy
  • Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath


Video Games

  • Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin: Venom is one of the antagonists in the game.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes: Venom is one of the playable characters.
  • Spider-Man (2000): Symbiote Spider-Man and Earth X Venom are alternate costumes, and Venom is a major antagonist/ally.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (2005): Symbiote Spider-Man is unlockable and Ultimate Venom is a major antagonist and playable character.
  • Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man can alternate between his red and black suits, and Venom is a major antagonist.
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe: Venom is a major antagonist/ally.
  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: Spider-Man can alternate between his red and black suits, Spider-Carnage is an unlockable costume, and Venom is a major antagonist.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Venom forms of Eddie Brock, Angelo Fortunato, and Mac Gargan are available as DLC
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects: Venom is a playable character.
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions: The Ultimate version of the symbiote is bonded to Ultimate Peter Parker
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time: Symbiote Spider-Man and Poison (as DLC) are alternate skins, and Anti-Venom is a main antagonist.
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance: The Black Suit is an alternate skin for Spider-Man, and Eddie Brock/Anti-Venom and Flash Thompson/Agent Venom are unlockable characters. The Mac Gargan Venom appears as a recurring boss, and Hybrid, Scream and Carnage are bosses in SpecOps 18: Symbiosis.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man: The Venom symbiote was discovered and bonded to the Scorpion (here a human/scorpion cross-breed) by Oscorp.
    • The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The synthetic Black Suit is an alternate costume for Spider-Man in the console versions, and the "Venom Project" plays a major role in the final arc of the game. Venom appears as a boss and Symbiote Spider-Man is an alternate costume in the iOS and Android versions. Spider-Carnage is an unlockable costume.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Venom is a playable character, and Symbiote Spider-Man is DLC.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Venom, Agent Venom and a fusion of Venom and Carnage are playable characters.
  • Disney Infinity: The Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) version of Venom is a playable character in the 2.0 edition. The Black Suit Spider-Man is also available as an alternate costume Power Disk and as its own figure as a PlayStation Vita bundle exclusive.
  • Marvel Heroes: The Eddie Brock version of Venom is a playable character, with Anti-Venom and Toxin as alternate costumes. Symbiote Spider-Man is also available as an alternate costume for Spider-Man.
  • Marvel: Contest of Champions: The Eddie Brock version of Venom is a playable character. Agent Venom has been announced, and Mac Gargan Venom is planned.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited: Agent Venom and Superior Venom are playable characters, with the Eddie Brock version, Pork Grind, Black-Suit Swiney-Girl, Symbiote Spider-Man and possibly others being added.
  • Spider-Man (PS4): The symbiote is shown being bonded to Harry Osborn, awakening in Spider-Man: Miles Morales; with Venom being confirmed as a character in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.
  • Midnight Suns: The Eddie Brock version of Venom is corrupted by Lilith into "Fallen Venom", sporting a demonic makeover.
Western Animation