He's not Spider-Man's strongest villain. He's not his smartest villain. Nor is he his oldest villain. Yet for many fans, Venom is his most famous villain. He's been around for just over 30 years, but in that short time he's proven to be a formidable foe to the wall-crawler, and an enjoyable one to read at that.
Venom famously debuted as Spider-Man's iconic black suit during Secret Wars. He then promptly gained a new host and rose to prominence as an anti-Spider-Man. This dark version of everyone's favourite hero is the Spider-Man that exists without the lessons on power and responsibility. Ever since his inception, he became an immediate fixture of Spider-Man's rogues gallery and even infamously starred in Spider-Man 3.
Transforming from a simple costume into a manic monster is no small feat, so the Venom symbiote has always required a like-minded host. Venom's identity has spanned a whole roster of human suitors, all coupled with the alien symbiote itself. As such, there's a laundry list of details to know about the villain from throughout his years in both comics and extended media.
Despite his popularity, there's so much that you don't know about your favourite evil wall-crawler. These are 10 mind-blowing facts about Venom that any comic book fan needs to know.