We have always loved the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and one of the reasons why he is so loved is the fact that he has a fantastic gallery of villains, in fact, that is the same reason which has helped Batman stay on top of popularity charts for the rivals DC. Among the most iconic and recurring Spider-Man enemies is the famous anti-hero Venom. Venom is an imaginary character from the Marvel Comics, generally seen in association with Spider-Man.
Venom is a conscious alien symbiote which has a changeable, liquid-like existence, who needs a host, generally human beings, to merge with in order to exist. After contacting its human host, the Symbiote gives its evolved powers upon its host. Upon such a merger with its human host, the new dual being generally calls itself Venom. The first appearance of this extraterrestrial Symbiote was as a living alien suit in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984), and it made a full-fledged appearance as Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988).
After its debut in The Amazing Spider-Man series, Venom went on to become one of the most famous anti-heroes in the Spider-Man universe. The Symbiote has entered the league of the all-time greatest comic book villains, featuring in several comic books and TV shows. It is capable of taking over any host and creating chaos for the heroes, and Venom is not something to be taken lightly.
The Venom Symbiote prefers capturing mightier hosts and enhancing their powers to extreme levels. While not all of the Venom versions are equal, there are some much weaker than the original Venom. Whereas, there are also those who got their solo series and have a crucial role in other series. Despite being cool as Venom generally is, there are some really bad versions of the Symbiote.
Now that everyone is excited about the upcoming Venom movie from Sony, which will release in October, we decided to take a look at some of the previous adaptations of this beloved anti-hero. We are going to rank the different Venom versions from the worst to the best.
20. Spider-Man 3
19. Agent Venom
18. Ninja Venom
17. Pork Grind
16. Venomsaurus Rex
15. Big Hulking Venom
14. Norman Osborn
12. Venom 2099
10. Old Man Logan
9. Ghost Rider, Red Hulk, And Venom Rolled Into One
8. Scorpion Venom
3. Ultimate Spider-Man
1. The Original