There have already been three live-action films based on the Marvel Comics symbiote Venom, but how do they compare to one another?
Over the last 15 years, three live-action films based on the Marvel character Venom have been released, but how do they compare? Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, as well as the notorious iteration of Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eddie Brock, the person to whom the symbiote that names itself Venom clings, is played by Tom Hardy in the MCU pair, while Topher Grace played the character in the Raimi version.
The two representations of the dual character are frequently compared, although they differ in several ways. The Venom symbiote in Spider-Man 3 is aggressive and ultimately malevolent, bringing out the worst in Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and magnifying Brock’s hatred to the point that he indiscriminately kills anybody who gets in his way. Venom is still violent and hungry for human brains in the more recent Venom films, although he is often controlled by Brock, who allows the symbiote to cohabitate in his body and tries to keep Venom’s death count to villains.
Audiences have rated each of these films differently, with the majority preferring Hardy’s portrayal over Grace’s, who many think was miscast in the part. All three films are sloppy, which is sometimes tolerated and other times harshly chastised. Although opinions on certain elements of the three Venom films may differ, this is how they compare and why.
3. Venom (2018)
Because of the sluggish nature of the narrative, Venom’s entrance to the MCU comes in last on the list. Riz Ahmed gives a strange portrayal as Carlton Drake, a symbiote researcher who finally unites with Riot, the symbiote Venom must fight. Michelle Williams’ Anne Weying is underdeveloped as a character and is relegated to the background for the most of the film, with the exception of a brief cameo as She-Venom at the conclusion. Despite the fact that Venom laid the ground for Tom Hardy’s one-man odd couple performance in the sequel, it fails to overcome the messiness in the same way, placing it at the bottom of the list.
2. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
From their first moment together, the last instalment of Raimi’s trilogy puts Brock against Peter Parker, establishing the character as the villain he is known for in the original comic edition. Grace’s portrayal, both before and after connecting with the symbiote, is a little too hammy to be taken seriously, but the character’s parallel path to Maguire’s Spidey is intriguing. Venom is also at a disadvantage in this film, since he has to compete with Sandman and New Goblin for screen time. The symbiote’s influence on Peter is further explored in the film, which gives us the famous black spider-suit. Despite the fact that Spider-Man 3 is the worst of Rami’s three films due to its overstuffed and inconsistent narrative, the cornin, The film’s corniness is entertaining, and it has spawned several memes in the years since its debut.
1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
This sequel to the 2018 origin tale is the greatest and most enjoyable depiction of the Venom/Brock relationship yet, with a few of standout sequences by Tom Hardy demonstrating how unpleasant life can be while sharing your body with a ravenous extraterrestrial. Viewers were also eager to see Venom face off against Carnage (Venom’s even more vicious spawn) on the big screen, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage lived up to the hype with a ferocious battle between the two. While the picture was still chaotic and over-the-top at moments, it was an improvement over its predecessor in terms of fleshing out a few characters and offering a glimpse at Venom’s future in the MCU.