The 10 Craziest Venom Team-Ups In Marvel Comics History
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
Venom is a weird character. It's an alien symbiote that had a special bond with Spider-Man, and the character is one of the few surviving ones from the '90s comic boom to survive and thrive. The symbiote's powers are bizarre and at times, ever changing. He is one of the weirder characters to come out of that decade of Marvel comics.
Venom--the one we're familiar with that bonded with Eddie Brock--has been around for 30 years in the comics, and since then, the symbiotic alien has bonded with some really weird people/creatures and had some team ups with unexpected heroes and villains. We're going through the history of the character to find the 10 weirdest.
If you're interested in more Venom, make sure to check out Sony's new movie of the same name, hitting theaters on Friday, October 5. If you'd like to know more, check out our video detailing the history of Venom and Eddie Brock, who the villain of the movie is, and while it may not have Venom in it, there is also a new trailer for December's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Venom And A Dinosaur
During the buddy road trip story, Old Man Logan, Hawkeye, and Logan find themselves being chased by a Tyrannosaurus Rex that's hosting the Venom symbiote as the duo travels across Illinois. Venom had been tracking and following them since South Dakota, and felt that bonding with a T-Rex was the best way to attack them. Venom-Rex was quickly destroyed by Black Bolt.
Venom And Hulk
In a one-shot comic, Venom--now trying to be a good guy--is saving people from the aftermath of an earthquake, but he crosses paths with the Hulk--who is totally smart during this time--and the two fight each other. Venom proves he's changed his ways by teaming up with Hulk to become a professional wrestler. That's where the comic ends. We never get closure on this very important storyline.
Venom and Deadpool
During the miniseries Back in Black, which takes place during the '80s, Venom bonds with Deadpool--before it bonds with Eddie Brock, when Spider-Man is still running around in his black suit, which is pretty confusing as far as continuity and canon go. It's a weird miniseries and makes you wonder if all of this is inside Deadpool's head; however, there are some fun scenes of Venompool eating people's heads and severed arms.
Venom And A Giant Space Panda
Pik Rollo--who looks exactly like a giant space panda--was on a mission to kill Venom/Flash Thompson. Venom was traversing the cosmos, and found himself an enemy to Mercurio, an old Thor villain from space. Mercurio hired Pik Rollo to kill Venom, but Pik and Venom found themselves working together in order to take out Mercurio. Even after taking down the enemy, Pik and Venom's partnership continued in the Venom: Space Knight series.
Venom Joins The Thunderbolts
Things with Venom got a bit weird during the '00s when one of Spider-Man's old school villains, Scorpion, found himself permanently teaming up with the symbiote. From there, he joined the Thunderbolts and was tasked with the hunting down the Secret Avengers. As far as continuity goes, this is the first time we've seen Venom successfully work on a team.
Venom Joins The Dark Avengers
With Mac Gargan still wearing the Symbiote, Venom got to be on the Avengers. This wasn't the traditional Avengers though. This was a Norman Osborn-run Avengers team called the Dark Avengers. During this time, Gargan went under the guise as Sinister Spider-Man, which looked exactly like Spider-Man in his black suit. No one thought they'd ever see Venom on an actual Avengers team.
Venom Joins The Guardians Of The Galaxy
When you think about Venom, you tend to think about Eddie Brock's fights with Spider-Man throughout the years. However, in 2011, Spider-Man's former bully, Flash Thompson had bonded with the Venom symbiote to become Agent Venom. That's not a particularly weird team-up, but Venom did briefly become a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and went on adventures with them, including to the Symbiote's home planet. Seeing Venom as part of Marvel's greatest cosmic team was jarring to say the least.
Venom And Wolverine, Working For Apocalypse
In a tale that comes from a distant time, the X-Men find themselves 1,000 years in the future, fighting Apocalypse. One of the Four Horsemen just happens to be Venom. In a even more bizarre turn, Venom is bonded with none other than Wolverine. It is one of the weirdest, most overpowered turns for the character, in a surprisingly good story.
Venom And Nightwatch
Everyone's favorite '90s Marvel character Nightwatch had a quick team-up with some no-name symbiote named Venom. The Spawn look alike--who was alive for roughly three years during the '90s--got all his powers, from strength to speed to pain suppression, from the nanites in the suit. He and Venom teamed up to take down some shadowy villains in a storyline that really only had Venom in it to sell more issues of the series.
Zombie Venom And A Bunch Of Zombies
In the mid-2000s Marvel mini-series Marvel Zombies, a zombified Eddie Brock was still the host for the Venom symbiote. In this world full of the walking dead, Venom teamed up with other undead supervillains in order to fight off reanimated superheroes. It was a big cash-in on the growing re-popularity of the zombie genre, and it was actually a pretty fun series, regardless of how weird a zombie-Venom was.