Venom is, as we all know too well, a very intriguing character. So is Wolverine. And they’re both Marvel’s powerhouses, despite both of them being more antiheroes than actual heroes. They’re both extremely strong and resilient. But who would win in a fight, Venom or Wolverine?
Wolverine and Venom are equally strong, which means that there is no clear winner between them. Venom might have a slight edge over James Howlett, but it is so small that it’s practically insignificant. Due to them having similar power levels, we could not determine a clear winner in this duel.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to tell you, through several categories, exactly who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why we think that a fight between Venom and Wolverine would ultimately end in a draw.
Even without a host, the Venom symbiote is able to freely spread its biomass in tentacles and tendrils, and often manifests a fanged mouth and large white eye points. It can also manifest a humanoid head, torso and arms, and after being cleansed it is capable of assuming a humanoid form without a host for brief periods.
When attached to a host, he can shapeshift to mimic any type of clothing, as well as blend Venom with his surroundings, rendering him invisible. The symbiote has increased all of its host’s physical abilities to superhuman levels equal to, and in some cases superior to, Spider-Man’s.
Logan is a mutant who had been given an Adamantium skeleton by the Weapon X Program. Nick Fury’s intelligence classified it as Power Level 9, while O * N * E classified it as a Serious Threat. Wolverine’s body naturally regenerates most (if not all) damaged or destroyed tissues and organs at a rate exceeding that of any normal human.
The regeneration rate is proportional to the damage done. This process is automatic and Wolverine seems to have no control over it. His healing factor, however, doesn’t seem to stop Wolverine from feeling the pain of his injuries or the pain of his body regenerating.
As far as this category is concerned, it is very difficult to determine the winner in this category. Both the Symbiotes and mutants have amazing physiologies and we think that it primary depends on the situation.
Still, if we had to pick one, we think that the Symbiote has the advantage here. Why? Well, for one, Venom would be able to attach itself to Wolverine and control him, while that wouldn’t really work vice versa.
Points: Venom 1, Wolverine 0
The symbiote has allowed its hosts to lift up to 70 tons at normal size in the past, this was not its true limit as its strength increases with its variable muscle mass. With progressive mutation and variable host changes adding to Venom’s power, a host’s current strength level is unknown.
Before coming into contact with the suit, Brock had been conditioned to lift (press) 700 lbs. Once they were fused together, the suit added Spider-Man’s superhuman strength to Brock’s enormous human strength, making him more powerful than Spider-Man.
However, his overall strength fluctuates often. Venom has been shown to have strength that ranges from little more than Spider-Man to being able to trade blows with high-powered individuals like the Juggernaut. This is caused by the various mutations the symbiote took with Brock, gaining bulk and additional muscle mass over long periods of time with his host.
As a result of Wolverine’s constant cell regeneration and the added weight and tensile strength of his skeleton, he has some degree of superhuman strength, allowing him to push at some point in excess of 800 pounds, or more.
And while one might wonder whether Venom is more powerful than Wolverine or vice versa, we have to be honest – Venom wins this point. Sure, Wolverine might be strong, but he has his limitations.
On the other hand, Venom is nigh limitless when his potential is concerned, so even if we consider the fact that Wolverine might be stronger in his base form, Venom would certainly be able to overpower him at one point.
Points: Venom 2, Wolverine 0
The Venom Symbiote itself doesn’t really have any specific abilities, i.e., the abilities of Venom depend heavily on the abilities of his host. This is a double-edged sword for Venom, as he might find an exceptionally skilled host, or someone completely useless.
For example, when his host was Eddie Brock, his most famous host, Venom, like Eddie Brock, became an incredibly skilled reporter for the Daily Globe and knew how to investigate. He also had many sources of information to help him with his plans.
Eddie is also a skilled marksman, as shown when he was hunting symbiotes and taking down Maniac’s men. Although he has not had the proper training, Eddie is a formidable melee combatant when he uses symbiote.
Despite the fact that he is only human, Eddie was able to face and defeat various symbiotes. This was shown when he killed Scream and Hybrid while using advanced and normal weaponry. All of these abilities passed on to Venom as well.
Due to his superhuman senses, Wolverine is considered one of the most skilled trackers in the world. Wolverine has an intelligence level above normal. He also led the secret mutant strike team known as the X-Force to ensure the survival of mutant humanity using deadly force.
Wolverine again intervened as the field leader of X-Force, an intelligence organization tasked with special operations to counter the assaults on Krakoa.
Wolverine masters virtually every form of hand-to-hand combat on Earth. Due to his age and experience, Wolverine has taught many heroes some form to fight, including: Black Widow, Rogue, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Primal, Sunspot, Armor, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Phoebe Cuckoo, and Shadowcat in hand-to-hand combat.
Wolverine is an expert trained with many guns, blades, explosives, and other weaponry due to his experiences as a soldier, samurai, spy, and mercenary.
Wolverine is trained in the use of various computer systems and in vehicle repair as well as being an expert pilot. Wolverine has knowledge of various assassination techniques.
A polyglot, Wolverine is fluent in many languages, including English, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin, Cheyenne, Lakota, Spanish, and Krakonian. Logan also has knowledge of Farsi, French, German, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. Notably, he is also one of the few individuals who has demonstrated the ability to understand Doopspeak.
Venom’s abilities depend a lot on the abilities of the host. That we have already established. On the other hand, Wolverine has a fixed set of impressive abilities that we cannot but admire, really. This is why this point definitely does to Wolverine.
Points: Venom 2, Wolverine 1
Weapons and Equipment
The Venom symbiote can manifest fangs, claws, blades, and tendrils of its constituent living darkness. Upon connecting to the Symbiote Hive on Earth-1051, he was able to transform part of himself into a powerful energy cannon by partially deploying the extradimensional tesseract of his body, similar to his counterpart on Earth-23203.
The main means of transport of the symbiote without a host is to ooze or slide in its amorphous state. When manifesting in a humanoid form or joining a host, it uses organic cobwebs formed from its constituent matter to move, emulating Spider-Man. After briefly reconnecting with Knull’s hive-mind, the symbiote learned to manifest symbiote dragon wings to fly.
Throughout his life, Wolverine has used various bladed weapons, especially daggers and, occasionally, swords. As a samurai, he was especially skilled with the katana. He has also handled many types of firearms throughout his career as a soldier, mercenary, and spy.
Although he was very skilled with firearms and due to his perfect eyesight it is very difficult for him to miss when firing a weapon, he has declared on multiple occasions that he does not like them and that he prefers to use knives, despite this, Wolverine used weapons of fire frequently after losing its healing factor.
Not being part of his natural mutant attributes, Wolverine’s entire skeleton, including his bone claws, were encased in a rare, artificial, and virtually indestructible metallic alloy known as Adamantium, or True Adamantium.
As a result, Wolverine’s bones are virtually unbreakable. The presence of the Adamantium has further enhanced the already sharp edge of Wolverine’s bony claws.
In addition to being virtually indestructible, the claws are capable of cutting through any solid material, with the well-known exception of Proto-Adamantium (Captain America’s Shield). However, Wolverine’s ability to completely cut through a substance depends on the thickness of the substance and the amount of force he can exert.
Adamantium also weighs his blows, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of his punches and kicks. His claws are capable of damaging 100+ durability class enemies, such as the Thing. His Adamantium claws have been shown to easily penetrate Thanos’s chest.
This was a tough one. Generally, Wolverine wouldn’t really be able to harm Venom’s living darkness with his Adamantium claws, but since the Symbiote need a host to fully function, Wolverine might actually be able to find a way to harm the Symbiote, which is why we have decided to give this point to Wolverine as well.
Points: Venom 2, Wolverine 2
The symbiote is extremely sensitive to sonic and thermal attacks, making it vulnerable, although the degree of sensitivity has varied over time and the symbiote has created resistance.
The Venom symbiote, like others of its kind, is susceptible to its host’s negative emotions – particularly anger and hatred. At worst, the symbiote is a bloodthirsty predator that seeks to corrupt or control its hosts, forcing them to quench their voracious hunger.
Anti-Venom suits are toxic to the Venom symbiote. Touching him is very painful for Venom and his host, and prolonged contact will eventually kill him. However, the original Anti-Venom died when Eddie used it to cure the Spider-Virus and the replica died alongside Flash Thompson when the Red Goblin killed him, although both Flash and the replica were eventually revived.
There is also the threat of the Anti-Venom Serum that Doctor Steven created in Alchemax and mass-produced despite its apparent destruction.
Probably due to his healing factor, Wolverine has experienced long periods of life with no recollection of certain traumatic events. One of Wolverine’s weaknesses is the fact that his heightened senses could be harnessed.
For example, when Wolverine was fighting the Hulk (Bruce Banner), he was nearly killed by the Hulk’s thunder due to his heightened sense of hearing. Allotropes of Adamantium are also highly dangerous for Wolverine.
He has admitted that being kept underwater can kill him, with the healing factor only prolonging the agony. Wolverine added that he does not like being on water, as adding nearly 100 pounds of Adamantium to his body reduced his buoyancy. The Muramasa Sword is the only known Wolverine-specific vulnerability to date.
Well, both of these guys have their fair share of weaknesses and although Wolverine has more, we have to divide the points here as neither of them has an advantage over the other in this category.
Points: Venom 3, Wolverine 3
Venom Vs. Wolverine: Who Wins?
The points say it all – it was exceptionally difficult to compare these two characters and even after a very thorough analysis, we have not been able to come to a simple solution.
Although we personally think that Venom would be able to defeat Wolverine in a fight, his advantages are so small that they are practically insignificant, as the points suggest. This is why we have this one down as a draw.