Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
While he’s always stood out as one of the more notable Marvel comic book villains, the character of Venom has recently found himself a much wider audience thanks to the release of his explosive solo movie. Given his newfound popularity, it’s only logical that the next step would be to see him clash with some of pop culture’s other dark and hideous icons!
#5: Optimus Prime
The leader of the Autobots has faced off against more than his fair share of formidable foes over the years. And sure, he’s nearly been sent to the scrapheap on more than one occasion, but he’s a leader and survivor with a fight record that speaks for itself. The thing is, he usually dukes it out with other Cybertronians. Metal on metal combat is one thing, but how would he perform against an organic threat like Venom? By the same token, we’d be curious to see Venom’s approach.
Slade Wilson is the most skilled and infamous mercenary in DC comics. Even from a young age, Wilson excelled at pretty much every form of combat he was exposed to. When he subjected himself to scientific experimentation, however, he awoke from a coma capable of using 90% of his brain. Not only that, but his strength, speed, and stamina all substantially increased. Not unlike Battle Beast, Slade longs for a challenge and has rarely encountered a foe he couldn’t best. He’s squared off against and defeated some of the greatest warriors in the DC universe. Maybe Marvel comics can invite him over to play with Venom? It would be a fight for the ages.
This extraterrestrial warrior race, also known as the Yautja, pride themselves on their abilities as hunters and fighters. Traveling the stars in search of new prey and opponents, they’ve visited earth on multiple occasions, but imagine the excitement they would feel upon coming in contact with a symbiote like Venom. Now that would truly be a prize worthy of a Predator’s trophy room. Furthermore, if like in the new Predator movie the Yautja were actually looking to genetically modify themselves using the DNA of their prey, a symbiote could prove to the ultimate addition to their genetic cocktail. Of course, beating Venom is easier said than done, but the Super Predator would make for a fair fight.
Predators are all too well acquainted with this extraterrestrial species. While we think that Venom and the Super Predator would make for an interesting bout, there’s something even more compelling about the idea of Venom going up against one of these fearsome killing machines. We actually see similarities between Venom and this would-be foe. Fangs would meet fangs, claws would lock and heads would surely roll. While xenomorphs bring acid to the party, Venom’s unique physiology balances the scales. More so than any other pairing on our list today, this fight would be extremely fast-paced and animalistic, bringing out Venom’s savagery.
They might hail from different publishers, but this is really a battle between brothers. Todd McFarlane co-created Venom for Marvel Comics, and then after helping to co-found Image Comics in 1992, unleashed Spawn upon the world. The visual similarities between Venom and Spawn are obvious, from the facial markings to the clawed hands and extreme musculature. They are two of the most iconic comic book characters of the ‘90s and they embraced the excessive violence that defined the decade. It’s not just us who want to see these two throw-down on the big screen; McFarlane himself told CBR that if his upcoming Spawn movie were to be distributed by Sony, he’d love to direct the crossover himself down the line.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Things We Want To See In A Venom Sequel.