WARNING: There will be spoilers for Venom.
Despite poor reception from critics and low expectations all around, Venom is devouring box office sales. The newest Marvel film is even on track to smash the previous October weekend record with an estimated $80 million in sales.
Everyone around the world seems to be completely absorbed by Venom and the symbiote has been able to quickly invade and possess our minds. However, there were some scenes throughout the movie that broke us out of the alien parasite’s trance and brought us back to reality.
These scenes are those plot holes, oddities, and straight-up confusing devices that made us take a step back from the movie’s story and caused us to question its plausibility.
Even though superheroes and villains don’t live in our universe, we’d like to think that they could. We want the people in the movie to act like they would in real life and for the movie to essentially make sense in the real world. Therefore, when we catch these little nuances, it can break our concentration and cause us to get distracted from the film’s underlying plot.
So, get ready to break the symbiote’s bond, because here are the 25 Things That Don’t Make Sense About The Venom Movie.
25 Why didn't Eddie just text the evidence to his old boss instead of scaling a building?
We see Eddie doing everything it takes to get his old boss some evidence of the human trials at the Life Foundation. He even scales a building to leave his phone in his boss’ office – but what was he thinking?
Why didn’t Eddie just text or email the images to his old boss? Did he forget how phones worked?
Also, he ended up leaving his phone next to a note that said, “do the right thing”. How was his former boss supposed to know what that meant? Even if the phone didn’t have a passcode on it, the boss wouldn’t have known what he was supposed to be looking at on the phone.
24 What was Riot's plan?
Riot planned on going home and returning with an army of symbiotes. However, he didn't have a plan to get back. The symbiotes were forcibly brought to Earth so they didn’t know the planet's coordinates or have a big enough vessel to bring them back. In fact, how did they even have a plan to invade Earth if it wasn’t even their plan to be on the planet in the first place?
Riot also told Drake he needed Venom before they could leave. However, if the plan was to come back to Earth, why not leave Venom and see him when they returned? Venom said he was a “loser” so he clearly wasn’t vital to the plans.
23 What happened to the yellow symbiote?
Throughout the movie, we saw four different symbiotes. Venom was in the black symbiote and Riot was the silver one. Then, the blue symbiote was destroyed when Dr. Dora perished. So, what happened to the yellow symbiote? Also, why didn't anyone know about Riot?
A lot of people perished in Malaysia because of the symbiote, so why didn’t Carlton Drake link those events to that of a symbiote?
He also potentially knew there was a fourth one that got away and never went looking for it.
22 Venom's powers
When we’re first introduced to Venom, he tells Eddie Brock not to open the door. He could sense that someone was going to knock on the door before it happened. So why wasn’t Venom able to sense the drone approaching them in the alley or the car that hit their motorcycle at the end of the car chase?
Since Venom can’t stand sounds over 600Hz, it seems as though he has sensitive hearing and should’ve been able to hear the drones following him. Also, how does Venom know how to fight in a human body? He has never been to Earth and therefore wouldn’t have ever possessed a body with butt-kicking skills.
21 Were the San Francisco police trained by the Gotham PD?
There’s a running gag in the DCU that the Gotham police are absolutely useless when it comes to stopping crime. However, the San Francisco Police Department might give them a run for their money. During the entire scene when Drake’s henchmen chase Eddie throughout the city, there isn’t one cop around until the end.
These cops also let the henchmen go at the end of the scene and don’t seem to know how to apprehend criminals.
For example, when the SWAT team corners Eddie in the news station, an officer yells “MASK” to tell the squad to put on their gas masks. However, this also warns Eddie of their plans and gives him time to prepare.
20 Why didn't Carlton Drake's henchmen have a weapon to stun symbiotes?
The Life Foundation knew a lot about symbiotes. So, why didn’t they create a weapon to stop or stun the alien creatures? When Carlton Drake’s henchmen went after Eddie Brock in his apartment, they didn’t seem to know anything about symbiotes or what Venom was capable of doing.
However, they did know that symbiotes don’t like sounds over 600Hz. So, why didn’t anyone think to bring some music to stun Venom and get the symbiote back to the lab? It would’ve saved them a lot of headache and evil henchmen.
19 Why is Venom so emotional?
For a villainous alien parasite, Venom seems to be very emotional without any real reason. Throughout the movie, he made Eddie apologize to Anne for betraying her trust and protected the kids playing video games in the apartment he crashed into.
Venom also cried about being called a parasite and told Eddie that he wants to stay on Earth for him.
The last one was particularly odd because there was nothing in the movie that made Venom want to stay on Earth. We never see him connect with humans and we aren’t given any evidence as to why he fell in love with the planet or Eddie.
18 How do the scientists get the symbiotes back in their containers?
The symbiote in the blue container made its way through many different people. At the beginning of the movie, we see it attack Carlton Drake’s first “volunteer” and then, later on, it re-emerges from its container again to destroy Dr. Dora.
However, how did Drake and his fellow scientists get the symbiote back inside its container? They wouldn’t have been able to get close to the symbiote, let alone touch it, or else it would’ve possessed their body and potentially demolished every person it came into contact with.
17 Fire is everywhere yet doesn't hurt the symbiotes
Venom tells Eddie that symbiotes have two weaknesses: sounds over 600Hz and fire. However, the symbiotes come into contact with fire in multiple scenes throughout the movie and didn't seem too phased by it.
At the beginning of the movie, Riot comes across fire when he eats the eel in Malaysia but barely flinches when he sees the flames.
The symbiotes also all survived an explosive crash onto Earth and Venom walks through firey explosions throughout many points in the movie. Lastly, Anne calls these weaknesses the symbiotes’ “kryptonite”. How does she know what kryptonite is? This is a Marvel movie!
16 How does Venom know Riot's plan but not know who Anne is?
When Venom tells Eddie about Riot’s plan to invade Earth, Eddie asks him how he knows all this. Venom simply responds saying that he sees all and can see Eddie’s memories.
However, this explanation makes no sense because Riot’s plans were never in Eddie’s memories. Venom also never came into contact with Riot prior to this scene, so it feels a little random that he knew the symbiote’s entire master plan. Also, if Venom was telling the truth, why did he have to ask Eddie who Anne was later on in the movie? Venom should’ve been able to access Eddie’s memories and therefore would’ve known exactly who Anne was without having to ask.
15 Why is Dr. Dan such a bad doctor?
Dr. Dan may have a Ph.D., but he doesn’t seem to act like a very good doctor. The entire audience saw Eddie’s MRI results and clearly noticed a large black entity circulating around his body.
So, why did it take Dr. Dan so long to notice it? It takes him hours to call Anne and tell her about Eddie's decaying body.
Also, even if he didn’t know about the parasite, Dr. Dan told Anne that there’s something terribly wrong with Eddie’s charts and that his heart seems to be decaying. Wouldn’t that have been immediately noticeable as soon as he got the results?
14 Are there no cameras in Drake's lab?
Eddie Brock is able to waltz into the Life Foundation without anyone noticing he was ever there. However, shouldn’t a lab as advanced as the Life Foundation have cameras?
A lot of illegal activity happens within the walls of the Life Foundation, so it would only make sense that they would install high-tech cameras in the event of an intruder. If they did have cameras, they would’ve easily been able to see Eddie in the labs and would’ve instantaneously known who betrayed the company.
13 Eddie just happened to be looking at Anne's laptop when she received a Top-Secret email
Eddie Brock doesn’t seem like he’s a top investigative reporter. However, it might just be because he has more luck than Deadpool’s Domino. At the beginning of the movie, he just happens to wake up in the middle of the night and walk over to his fiancé’s computer at the very moment that she’s receiving a top-secret email about the man he’s about to interview.
Not only is this very lucky for him, but it’s also very careless of Anne. Why is her laptop set to show the topic of emails before a password is entered?
If she’s used to working high profile cases, she should’ve developed some high-level security settings.
12 Venom likes chocolate and tater tots now?
Throughout the movie, we see Eddie Brock transform into a literal vampire. He’s always hungry after he merges with Venom and is constantly on the search for warm, living meat. However, at the end of the movie, Venom requests chocolate and tater tots as his meal of choice.
Does that mean that the symbiote and their host don’t actually have to eat meat? Or does that just mean that Venom adapted to his new way of life and evolved into an alien that doesn’t need meat to survive? Either way, we don’t get the answer from watching the film.
11 How can Anne program an MRI machine and the sound system at Drake's lab?
Anne is a lawyer in the film, but it seems like she’s actually in the wrong line of work. Based on her skills in the movie, she really should be in the IT field.
Without any medical or technical background, Anne is able to quickly turn on the MRI machine when Venom starts to attack Dr. Dan in the hospital.
She’s also able to find a working computer in a room that Riot trashed and easily program the sound system to play a deafening sound over 600Hz. Both of these feats don't seem like something a lawyer could’ve easily accomplished without any tech background or training.
10 Why don't the symbiotes attack any of the scientists in the room when it's released?
When Carlton Drake or his scientists release the symbiotes to bond with the lab’s “volunteers”, the alien blob immediately goes after its target. However, why don’t the symbiotes ever attack the scientist that lets it free?
Symbiotes simply need a body or host to live, so wouldn’t it have gone to the nearest warm body? Why have they been sparing the bodies of the scientists that free them? This is particularly true when Drake releases the symbiote to attack Dr. Dora. It seems as though the symbiote listened to Drake and attacked her on his behalf.
9 Why does Dr. Dora give up so easily?
Dr. Dora was terrified of Carlton Drake and what he would do to her children. However, she very easily gives in to his demands when she’s caught.
When Drake’s henchman confronts Dr. Dora about who betrayed the lab, she doesn’t even try to deny it.
Then, when Drake questions her about who she let into the lab, she very easily gives Eddie’s name and simply ignores the fact that the man standing before her threatened her children. Furthermore, if Drake wanted to keep things hush-hush, why did he hire so many doctors to work on his program or fire so many people? Wouldn’t they just leave and tell the world his secret plans?
8 The kids in the movie
Carlton Drake doesn’t know how to interact with children. At the beginning of the movie, he tells a little girl an inspiring speech about how she shouldn’t let anyone silence her. However, he’s literally using his speech to silence her and never lets her ask him her question.
Later on, we also see him interact with the little girl from the Malaysian airport. He awkwardly asks the girl how she got into his lab and where she came from. However, as bad as he is with children, why is he the first person to do so? No one else wondered why there was a little girl walking the streets alone? And where were her parents?
7 The qualities of a "good host"
Both Venom and Riot describe Eddie as being a good host. However, he seems to be the very opposite of a “good host.”
Eddie has consciousness while he binds with Venom and can act out of his own free will. Wouldn’t that be the definition of a bad host?
Wouldn’t you want a host that will literally just do whatever you ask it to do? Also, why is Riot able to find so many tolerable hosts throughout Malaysia, yet the other symbiotes failed to even find one in a controlled lab setting?
6 Venom and Riot's fight was only 4 minutes according to the rocket's launch timer
One of the best parts of Venom is the fight scene at the end of the movie. In this scene, we see Venom and Riot fighting and catch some amazing clips of Eddie and Drake battling underneath it all. However, despite how epic the fight was, it was apparently only four minutes long.
When Drake sets the launch for the rocket, it flashes a five-minute countdown. By the end of the Venom-Riot fight, the countdown says “launch in t-minus one minute.” This means that only four minutes elapsed between Drake pressing the launch button and Anne turning on the deafening sounds that defeated the symbiotes.
5 Why isn't Eddie in jail at the end of the movie?
At the end of the movie, we see Eddie talking to Anne on her doorsteps. However, this isn’t where we should’ve seen Eddie. He actually should have been in jail. Many police officers and witnesses saw Eddie transform into Venom and eat people's heads. So, why is everyone able to move past this all and let a villainous man roam the streets of San Francisco?
Instead of being arrested for his crimes, Eddie gets everything he’s ever wanted.
He gets his job back, lands an interview of a lifetime, and starts winning back the love of his life. According to this movie, even villains can have a happily ever after.
4 How did Venom return and why is Eddie okay with the symbiote making his body decay?
The biggest question at the end of the movie is how Venom managed to come back after his grand sacrifice. Also, how much time elapsed between Venom’s goodbye and his return to Eddie’s body? The beginning of the movie had time lapses (ie. the main events of the movie started six months after Eddie lost his job) but these hints seemed to disappear by the end of the film.
We also learned that Venom was slowly decaying Eddie’s body. So, why is Eddie okay with this now and why didn’t he come up with a plan for his heath?
3 Stan Lee's Cameo
No Marvel movie is complete without an infamous cameo from Stan Lee. However, this cameo seemed a tad out of place. After Venom returns, Eddie walks down the street and runs into Stan Lee walking a tiny dog. The old man laughs and tells Eddie something along the lines of, “I hope you two can work it out with her.”
Now, this is simply comic book fan service, but it also raises some interesting questions.
Stan Lee has been revealed to be a Watcher through his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So, why would he risk his cover by chatting with Venom and revealing that he knows more than he should?
2 The Mid-Credit Scene
“When I get out of here, and I will, there’s going to be carnage.” This line is what criminal Cletus Kasady tells Eddie Brock during Venom’s mid-credit scene. It provides great fan service for people that love the character but also leaves the movie on a mysterious and confusing note.
What does this mean for the future of Venom? Will there be a sequel? How does Cletus become Carnage? Is there another symbiote waiting to be discovered or has Cletus already been bonded? Also, more importantly, what is up with Woody Harelson’s cheap red wig?
1 The end-credit scene has nothing to do with Venom... or does it?
Meanwhile, in another universe, Sony utilized their end-credit scene to advertise their next feature film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We get a glimpse of the first time Miles Morales meets the alternate-universe Peter Parker at the grave of Miles’ Peter Parker. Then, the cops appear and Miles drags an unconscious Peter Parker on a chase through New York City.
Although the end-credit scene seems to be totally disconnected from the rest of the film, could it hint at Venom’s connection to the Spider-Verse? Can we expect him to appear in future Spider-Man movies, or was this simply a teaser for the next Sony film?
Did you catch any other things that didn't make sense about the Venom movie? Let us know in the comments!