Venom is one of Marvel's most popular running characters and the star of its own successful film franchise - but how well do you know Venom's numerous powers and abilities? Of course, everyone knows it swings around like Spider-Man and can bite the head off of pretty much anyone it comes into contact with - but what about the weirder skills writers have concocted for the symbiote over the years?
Were you aware that Venom can use its symbiotic tendrils to travel through the internet, somehow? Or that it can give birth to other symbiotes? What about the wild ability that lets it create dimensional portals inside itself? If it was weird seeing Venom grow wings in recent comics, buckle up for the wildest super-skills waiting to be unleashed at a moment's notice.
It Can Create Dimensional Portals Inside Itself
One of the most bonkers powers that Venom has is the ability to create dimensional portals inside itself. It first popped up as an aside during Spider-Man's first black suit stint where he conveniently stowed his camera equipment in the new suit without a need for bulky pockets. Over the years, writers came up with an explanation that the symbiote had an inter-dimensional connection to a sort of living abyss that could produce, store, and consume matter at will. Dimension-hopping is supposed to be the realm of Doctor Strange or the Scarlet Witch or even Magik, but Venom has been creating portals inside its body all this time!
How powerful is this ability? Well, in 2011's Venom #1, Marvel's favorite antihero squared off against Jack O'Lantern (yep, that's a real villain) and ended up putting a live grenade inside one of its internal suit portals. Flash Thompson, who was bonded with the symbiote at the time, didn't even hesitate and kept saving civilians while a grenade went off somewhere inside the symbiote.Surprising power?
It Can Create Any Disguise
As if being a super-strong alien monster with extreme durability and all the powers of Spider-Man weren't enough to begin with, the Venom symbiote also has camouflage powers that allow it to blend in with whatever it wants, wherever it wants. That kind of ability could get very dangerous, very quickly.
Most of the time, this power is used in boring ways, like when the symbiote morphs into Eddie Brock's traditional black T-shirt and jeans combo, but it also gives Venom the type of infiltration abilities that would make the most elite super-spies jealous. Outside of sneaking into secure settings, the savage symbiote could put it to use in more devious ways. The symbiote could pretend to be a floor while stalking its prey before swallowing it whole. The possibilities are endless.Surprising power?
It Can Use Telepathic Powers Outside Of Bonding With Its Host
It goes without saying that the symbiote communicates telepathically with its host when they are bonded together. That is a fundamental facet of Venom comic books. But, over the years, there have been times when the symbiote's telepathic powers have been seen outside of its relationship with its host at the time.
For example, in 2013's Venom #30, the symbiote takes mental control of an army of mercenaries that is fighting Venom. This turns the tide quite quickly, with one mercenary shouting, "It... it's in my head!" If this power were used by more writers, Venom could be even more powerful than it already is.Surprising power?
It Can Travel Through The Internet
Nothing screams "1990s" more than misguided and completely unrealistic ideas about how to literally travel through cyberspace. Before the internet became as commonplace as it is today, mass media was quick to jump on the hype bandwagon and cram technological stories into projects in a way that is hilarious to look back on today. Everything from The Matrix to Hackers tackled the idea of "jacking in," and comic books were no different.
In 1995's Venom: Carnage Unleashed #4, Venom ends up following Carnage into the internet in order to have a mano-a-mano contest in cyberspace. Considering how the Venom symbiote can travel through bloodstreams, the comic made a logic leap that internet cables weren't that different. It is the kind of hilarious storyline that only could've come in the pre-internet age. Also, seeing Carnage call the internet an "electric candy-land hoo-ha-villa" is something to behold.Surprising power?