Spider-Man and Venom have been epic foes ever since Venom first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. They have battled numerous times in different arcs within the comics, the animated series, and of course in Spider-Man 3.
However when pulling on the best of their powers, who would actually win between them?
Venom’s source of power comes from the symbiote, a black alien creature that can wrap itself around its host to form a suit and give the individual powers. It first appears to Spider-Man within The Secret Wars storyline becoming a new black suit that not only strengthens all of Spider-Man's powers but gives him unlimited webbing to swing with as opposed to relying on his web-shooters.
In short, the Symbiote alone has evolved to join with any host and make it the ultimate predator. Not only does it create an awesome-looking black suit for the wearer, but it can also camouflage itself to look like the host is wearing any type of clothing.
However, as well as strengthening its host, it also absorbs knowledge and the abilities of anyone who wears it.
When it comes purely down to powers, then technically Venom is both stronger and faster than Spider-Man because the symbiote suit spent a lot of time-bound to Peter and therefore was able to replicate his abilities to Eddie Brock. As a result, Eddie/Venom also has access to many of Peter’s thoughts during the time that Peter wore the suit, and therefore he knows his identity, fears, insecurities, and desires. Not only that, but Venom doesn’t trigger Spider-Man’s spider-sense when approaching him, therefore making him even more lethal in a fight.
So when it comes down to raw power, Venom is easily superior due to having higher levels of strength and speed. As well as this, Venom has untethered levels of aggression which makes him generally a lot more violent. However, Spidey does have some serious advantages over Venom. The first being his intellect.
Peter Parker is up there as one of the smartest humans in the Marvel Universe and has regularly used this while fighting much stronger opponents to his advantage. There are three inherent weaknesses of the Symbiote that Spider-Man has capitalized on over the years. Sound, fire, and the fact it needs a host to bind to.
In Spider-Man 3, we see that when the chimes of a large church bell ring through the suit, the symbiote reacts poorly and is unable to cling to Peter. In an attempt to find another host, it detects and becomes attracted to Eddie Brock’s hatred and jealousy and there binds with him to become Venom.
It is never through brute force that Spider-Man has ever won against Venom but through using Venom's blind aggression against him, often luring him to traps where he can use the noises of the environment around him to cause the symbiote distress and remove it from Eddie.
It’s easy to assume that Venom is simply one villain as opposed to an ordinary villain with an alien symbiote attached to him. It was through the separation of the two that Spider-Man was able to beat Venom the first time. He persuaded the symbiote to leave Eddie and join him (the stronger host), and while leaving Eddie, Spider-Man was able to trap it.
After the release of the Venom film in 2018, and the upcoming releases of Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No way Home, fans are craving more to see Spider-Man and Venom battle in a live-action film. Will we likely see a Spider-Man Vs Venom film?
Despite there being nothing officially confirmed, there are rumors that due to both characters being owned by Sony, that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the MCU and Tom Hardy’s Venom could appear in a film one day! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
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