Venom is a fictional character appearing in several Spider-Man-related media, including comics, television shows, and movies. The character is a symbiote, a sentient alien life form that requires a host, usually human, to bond with for its survival. Considering that Venom is such a popular villain, he appeared in numerous forms of media, including live-action movies.
There are two Venom standalone movies. The first Venom movie was released in 2018. It stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, a journalist who becomes host to an alien symbiote that grants him superpowers. The movie was directed by Ruben Fleischer and was based on the character Venom from Marvel Comics. The sequel was released three years later, in 2021.
In addition to these two standalone films, Venom has also appeared in ‘Spider-Man 3,’ directed by Sam Raimi, and in post-credit scenes of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ directed by Jon Watts. This puts Venom’s movie appearances to a total of 4. Now, let’s see how to watch them.
Venom’s movies & appearances in release date order
If you want to jump in on watching ‘Venom’ movies straightaway, this is the most optimal watch order to follow because it shows a sort of “evolution” of the character, from his first appearance and sharing the spotlight with Spider-Man to his standalone movies.
- ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)
- ‘Venom’ (2018)
- ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ (2021)
- ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)
Venom movies are not part of the MCU. However, the Venom character could easily become a part of the MCU, considering that a small part of the Symbiote was left on Earth-616 when Eddie and the Symbiote were transported there.
Are all movies featuring Venom connected? What’s the best way to watch them?
Both standalone Venom movies are connected, but those movies are in turn not connected to ‘Spider-Man 3.’ So the best way to watch all appearances is in their release date order.
The character of Venom first appeared in the 2007 movie ‘Spider-Man 3,’ which was directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Actor Topher Grace played the role of Venom. Topher played the character Eddie Brock and became Venom after he came into contact with an alien symbiote that had previously bonded with Peter and enhanced his physical abilities.
After that, we see Venom 11 years later in his standalone movie, ‘Venom.’ The movie was released in 2018, and Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock/Venom in this one. This version of Venom is not the same as we’ve seen during ‘Spider-Man 3.’
Eddie is a journalist who becomes infected with an alien symbiote that gives him superhuman powers. The symbiote, called Venom, attaches itself to Eddie’s body, and the two form a symbiotic relationship.
Together, they must fight to stop the symbiote’s evil creator from using the alien creatures to take over the world. The sequel of this movie, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage,’ was released in 2021.
Venom also appears in post-credit scenes of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ where he is briefly transported to Earth-616 but gets snapped back to his universe soon. Here is the list of all Venom appearances:
‘Venom’ movies & appearances in chronological order
Now, since Venom’s first appearance is not connected to his standalone movies or the post-credits scene, it really doesn’t matter when you watch that movie. However, both Venom’s standalone movies and his post-credit scene are in strict chronological order. In short, the release order is the same as the chronological order, which makes watching the movies much easier.
1. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)
In the movie ‘Spider-Man 3,’ Venom is portrayed as a dangerous antagonist for Spider-Man. Venom is the alter-ego of Eddie Brock, a rival photographer of Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle who despises Parker because he believes Parker is a fraud who is taking credit for his photographs.
Eddie comes across an alien symbiote, which bonds with him, giving him superhuman strength and the ability to shape-shift. But as the symbiote starts to affect his mind and his behavior, it turns him into an aggressive, vengeful, and criminal character.
He starts to seek revenge on Spider-Man and anyone who has wronged him. The Venom suit also has a minor role in the movie as it bonds briefly with Peter, making him look like a darker version of himself.
1. ‘Venom’ (2018)
‘Venom’ released in 2018, sees Tom Hardy in the role of Venom. Eddie Brock, a journalist, becomes host to an alien symbiote named Venom. The symbiote gives Brock superpowers but also causes him to struggle with a monstrous alter-ego. The film follows Brock as he investigates the shady practices of the Life Foundation, a powerful organization run by Carlton Drake, who is experimenting with symbiotes like Venom.
Brock ultimately teams up with Venom to stop Drake and save the world from the symbiotes. Along the way, he also learns to control and harness Venom’s powers to become a hero. The movie also introduced Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, who would become a future villain, Carnage in the sequel.
2. ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ (2021)
The movie picks up where the first one left off, with Eddie Brock and Venom living in symbiotic harmony and fighting crime together. However, a new threat emerges in the form of Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who gains his own symbiote and becomes the powerful and sadistic Carnage.
As Carnage starts to wreak havoc on the city, Eddie Brock teams up with Venom to stop him. Along the way, he also struggles with the revelation that Carnage was created from the remains of Venom’s offspring and is essentially his son.
3. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)
In this ‘No Way Home,’ Earth-616 Peter Parker and Doctor Strange tore open the multiverse by accident, and that caused all villains and heroes that knew Spider-Man’s identity to emerge on Earth-616.
Among them was also Eddie Brock/Venom. Venom appears in post-credit scenes where he is sitting in a bar talking to a bartender about Avengers and Thanos’s actions. However, he gets transported to his Earth shortly after, leaving behind a piece of Symbiote on the bar.
Where to watch the above-mentioned movies?
‘Venom’ (2018) and ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ (2021) are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and can be rented or purchased on Google Play, iTunes, and YouTube. You may also stream the movies via subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. But it may vary depending on your location; some services are only available in certain countries.
There are several ways to watch the 2007 film ‘Spider-Man 3.’ One option is to purchase or rent the movie on a digital platform such as Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu. These platforms allow you to purchase or rent a movie and watch it on your computer, phone, or tablet. You can also stream Spider-Man 3 on a subscription streaming service such as Disney+ (if you are in the right region) or Netflix (depending on your region’s availability). ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021) is available on Hulu, among other streaming platforms.
Will there be more movies featuring Venom?
There will be more movies featuring Venom. In fact, ‘Venom 3’ has been in development for quite some time up to this point, and it is expected to hit theaters on July 12, 2024. Kelly Marcel, who wrote previous ‘Venom’ movies, returns as the writer for the third one, and she will also direct the movie in her directorial debut.