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. There have been several movies in which Venom character appeared, and in this article, you can read about Venom movies in order.
How many Venom movies are there?
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.
Venom movies in order – at a glance
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. The role of Venom was played by actor Topher Grace. 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 get to see Venom 11 years later in his standalone movie called ‘Venom’. The movie was released in 2018, and Eddie Brock/Venom is played by Tom Hardy in this one. Eddie is a journalist who becomes infected with an alien symbiote that gives him superhuman powers. The symbiote, which is called Venom, attaches itself to Eddie’s body and the two of them 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 and is considered to be even better than the first movie in the franchise.
Venom also appears in post-credit scenes of Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he is briefly transported to Earth-616, but he gets snapped back to his universe soon. Here is the list of all Venom appearances:
- Venom (2018)
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
He also appears in:
- 3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
- 4. 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.
What is the best way to watch Venom movies?
The best way to watch Venom movies is by watching them in order of their release date. So, you can watch Venom (2018) first, and then Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021). If you wish to see more of Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom, then you should watch Spider-Man: No Way Home, but note that Venom only appears briefly in the post-credit scenes. Of course, there is also Spider-Man 3 (2007) where Venom is a significant character as well. You can watch this movie before or after Venom’s standalone movies.
Venom movies in order by release date, including all appearances
Venom movies are released, as follows:
1. Venom (2018)
Venom is a 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The movie stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes host to an alien symbiote named Venom. The symbiote gives Brock superpowers but also causes him to struggle with a monstrous alter-ego, Venom. 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 formidable 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)
3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (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 a symbiote of his own 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.
In this movie, 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.
4. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
In the movie Spider-Man 3, Venom is portrayed as a formidable 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 turning 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.
Where to watch Venom 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.
Do you need to watch Venom movies in order?
It would be best to watch Venom’s standalone movies by their release date. The first movie is an origin story and the beginning of Eddie’s and Symbiote’s relationship, and the sequel is a direct continuation of the first movie. After that, you can watch Spider-Man: No Way Home post-credit scenes if you want. Spider-Man 3, is a movie, you can watch either before or after the Venom movies, but preferably before.
Are Venom movies connected?
Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage are directly connected through characters and the storyline. The sequel continues the storyline right after the first movie. Spider-Man: No Way Home is connected with the Venom movies only by the post-credit scene. Spider-Man 3 is not connected with Venom movies but gives us the first movie appearance of the Venom character, and his animosity toward Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Will there be more Venom movies?
Venom 3 has been confirmed, and there will be a third installment of the Venom franchise. However, no official release date or movie title has been released yet.