The Greatest Versions of Venom, Ranked

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Venom is arguably one the best villains in all of Marvel Comics. He's certainly one of Spider-Man's greatest foes. There are many different variations of the character and dozens of formats the character has been used in. Be it video games, films, animated series, or alternate versions in comic books, The Venom symbiote is in virtually every form of pop culture in one way or another. But which version of Venom is the best?

We've decided to compile some of our favorite interpretations, renditions, and versions of Venom here. Do you like playing as him in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 2? Or do you prefer him in Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage? Do you enjoy seeing him in animation form on Ultimate Spider-Man, or prefer him in the '90s animated series? Is Eddie Brock the only true Venom, or do you like Flash Thompson in the suit?

Here's the chance to see where it all lines up. What are the greatest interpretations of Venom ever? Make sure to vote up all your favorites and vote down the versions of the lethal protector that weren't interpreted well.

(And yes, one could argue that Carnage himself is an interpretation of Venom but that's a whole other conversation...)

Most divisive: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
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  • Venom: Lethal Protector

    Venom: Lethal Protector

    Comic Book Series
    217 votes
    Venom: Lethal Protector was a six-issue comic book limited series featuring the Eddie Brock Venom, published by Marvel Comics from February 1993 to July 1993. It was written by David Michelinie and illustrated mostly by Mark Bagley, although Ron Lim and series colorist Sam DeLarosa pencilled the last three issues. This marked the first time Eddie Brock received a series in which he was the main character, and recast Venom from an unambiguous villain to an anti-hero.
  • Maximum Carnage

    Maximum Carnage

    Comic Book Series
    258 votes
  • Black Suit Spider-Man

    Black Suit Spider-Man

    Fictional Character
    211 votes
  • Flash Thompson
    Fictional Character
    276 votes
    Corporal Eugene" Flash" Thompson is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics. He is a star high school football player who mercilessly bullies classmate Peter Parker but greatly admires Spider-Man, an irony in which the superhero takes some gratification. After graduation, he joins the United States Army and is haunted by his combat experiences, leading to alcoholism. After losing both of his legs in the war, he was bound to the Venom Symbiote as Agent Venom, a superhero and the first to control the organism. The character has appeared in several other media adaptations, usually in his earlier bullying incarnation, portrayed by Joe Manganiello in the 2002 film Spider-Man and by Chris Zylka in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • Anti-Venom


    Fictional Character
    239 votes
  • Spider-Man (1994)
    190 votes
    A superhero with spider-like skills fights villains.