Venom is one of the most popular Marvel characters associated with Spider-Man. The two have worked together and fought enemies multiple times through the history of Marvel comics, but also fought each other on numerous occasions. How did that fights end up? Who won in fights between Spider-Man and Venom?
Although Spider-Man has won in the majority of comic book encounters with Venom, objectively speaking – Venom is the more powerful among the two in practically every aspect and would win in a fight between the two.
Speaking of Spider-Man vs. Venom, there’s still a lot to be said. Throughout the rest of this article, we will look at 10 times the two fought each other in the comics and see how exactly the fight between Spider-Man and Venom would play out.
Comparing the Powers of Venom and Spider-Man
How Strong Is Venom?
Venom possesses the same powers as Spider-Man (probably because the latter has already worn the symbiote), i.e., reflexes and agility comparable to a spider, in proportion to his size, as well as the ability to cling to surfaces and that of creating and projecting a spider’s web.
He generates his web from the back of his hands or from the underside of his palms; its web is organic and created by the symbiote, allowing it to produce almost unlimitedly, although it may weaken if it uses too much at one time. His web is stronger than Spider-Man’s and dissolves on its own after a while.
In addition to the web, he can also form tentacles from its symbiote to grab hold of objects, his tentacles being able to extend over long distances. Venom’s hands have claws that can be used as melee weapons, and his jaw is lined with sharp fangs he can use to bite other creatures.
He possesses superhuman strength (he can lift up to 70 tons), superior to that of Spider-Man in the case of Brock and Gargan, both of whom are more muscular and naturally stronger than Peter Parker as a normal human. Angelo Fortunato also possessed superhuman strength, but inferior to that of other Venoms.
His body is extremely tough, able to endure blows or drops that would kill an ordinary human, with the symbiote quickly healing most of the injuries he sustains. He possesses unlimited shapeshifter abilities, allowing him to camouflage himself like a chameleon or take on the aspect of another individual.
He can escape Spider-Man’s “spider-sense”, who therefore cannot see him coming when he attacks him, unlike his other enemies. Given that Spider-Man carried the symbiote for a long time, it is assumed that this is because of this that his spider instinct doesn’t recognize him as a danger.
It does, however, have two weaknesses: it is vulnerable to sonic attacks, which can force the symbiote to separate from its host, as well as to fire. However, Venom will succeed in suppressing these weaknesses thanks to the symbiote and thanks to its training in space.
How Strong Is Spider-Man?
As for Spider-Man, his most pronounced human abilities are his intelligence and his resourcefulness, but this is all augmented by his superhuman abilities gained from being bitten by a radioactive spider.
Thus, Peter Parker gained a lot of spider-like abilities, such as wall-crawling, the ability to shoot webs from his body, an enhanced immune system and his famous Spider-Sense, used to detect approaching danger.
But, along with that, he has gained superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability, along with a very specific healing factor that is always helpful in his fight against crime.
His strength has been the topic of much debate, since he’s usually perceived as weak (he also has a very slim body type). Yet, Spider-Man can – without any additional enhancements – lift an amazing 10 tons!
This has been proven in comics repeatedly, especially in some stories where he was – with enhancements – able to lift an incredible 130 tons! So, if you were ever doubting Spider-Man’s strength, just remember that he was able to support a building from crashing down on him.
Before we continue, let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters:
Venom Vs. Spider-Man: Who Would Win?
Spider-Man and Venom have a long history. Okay, it’s not that long since Venom is a relatively new character, but the two of them have been connected since Venom’s debut in Secret Wars via the black Spider-Man suit.
They have often collaborated but they have also often clashed one against the other, with Spider-Man coming out as the winner in most cases, mainly because he is the hero of the story. But the comparison is really not that simple.
Namely, Venom seems to be much more powerful than Spider-Man; even the numbers confirm that (see above). He is stronger and can lift much more than Spider-Man, he is more durable, he has some exceptional supernatural skills and powers, and he has one big advantage over Spider-Man – he knows him quite well!
Namely, the symbiotes are very intelligent creatures and they not only enhance their hosts, they learn from them. Since Venom was in contact with Spider-Man for a while, he has learned a lot about him, which gives him a big tactical advantage in battle.
Sure, one could argue that Spider-Man could use two of Venom’s known weaknesses – sound and fire – but Venom has evolved over the years, becoming not moly more powerful, but also more resistant to his usual triggers.
This all indicates that Spider-Man’s victories are more of a narrative moment than an objective results of their powers and abilities, and we actually agree with that.
This is why we think that Venom is more powerful than Spider-Man and that he would defeat him in a fight. Perhaps not every fight, perhaps not every time, but out of ten battles, Venom would certainly take at least seven in our humble opinion.
10 Best Venom Vs. Spider-Man Fights
Here is a list of the 10 best fights between Venom and Spider-Man as they have been portrayed in the comic books:
|Amazing Spider-Man #300||1988||Spider-Man eventually defeated Venom in their first official clash (although it was a close one), sending Eddie Brock to prison for his crimes as Venom|
|Spider-Man #52||1994||Venom nearly killed Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider, in this fight and would certainly have done it were it not for Scream’s intervention; she defeated Venom and saved Reilly’s life|
|Amazing Spider-Man #347||1991||This strange tropical island clash ended with Spider-Man faking his death (after realizing that he could not defeat Venom) and Venom falling for it, after which he and Eddie Brock finally split up, so this one’s technically a draw|
|Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man||1995||This one is more interesting than relevant but it is noteworthy for Venom clashing with Migel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099) for a short while, before the Avengers arrived and interrupted the battle, which means that we’re counting this one as a draw as well|
|Venom: Dark Origin||2008—2009||Spider-Man ultimately manages to sever the connection between Venom and Eddie Brock, thus coming out as the winner of this brutal clash, probably one of the most brutal and violent encounters between these two characters ever|
|Ultimate Spider-Man #38||2003||Spider-Man wins this one, but this was pure chance, as Venom stumbled on an electrical wire, losing the fight in the end; this was a whole-issue fight that is among the best fights between these two characters ever written|
|Spider-Man 3||2007||Spider-Man manages to kill both the Venom symbiote and Eddie Brock with the “help” of the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bomb, after having separated the two earlier using church bells, Venom’s known weakness (you can see the battle for yourselves here)|
|Amazing Spider-Man #316-317||1989||This one is rather unclear, as… well… the two of them fought it off in a factory before ending up in the ocean; Spider-Man tried to lure the symbiote onto him, but the separation sent Venom and Eddie Brock in a frenzy, during which they knocked out Spider-Man and ended up unconscious themselves, before being captured by the Fantastic Four|
|DC/Marvel All Access #1||1996||Spider-Man managed to defeat Venom with the help of Superman in this DC/Marvel crossover event; Venom proved to be an exceptionally difficult foe that caused a lot of trouble for both Spider-Man and the Man of Steel|
|Venom: Space Knight #11-12||2016||Venom technically takes this one, as he first manages to beat Spider-Man while being bound to Flash Thompson, and then also manages to bond with Peter Parker, although this doesn’t last for long; this is one of the more impressive fights between the two in the visual sense|