Will Venom 2 stream on Netflix?

A screenshot of supervillain Carnage in the upcoming Sony movie Venom: Let There Be Canage
(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Venom 2 is upon us! The bombastic sequel to the quite bad, but also somehow good Venom film by Sony Pictures is in theaters, reviews are in, and everyone is speculating as to whether Tom Hardy's Spider-Man-adjacent character will ever meet Tom Holland's Peter Parker in an upcoming film.

As of late November, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video in the US – crucially, it's not included for free with a Prime subscription, and has to be purchased as a standalone title. But that doesn't mean we won't see it on sale or streaming elsewhere.

So if you're keen to know if Venom 2 ever comes to Netflix, we've got all the info you need on when you can watch the film, or its 2018 predecessor.

Can I buy or rent Venom 2 anywhere?

Theatrical release aside, you can now watch Venom: Let There Be Carnage on Amazon Prime Video – and only in the US. It's available in Ultra HD resolution, too.

You will need to pay $19.99 for the privilege, and it will likely be a similar story elsewhere as the film pops up on other movie marketplaces and online storefronts. That doesn't preclude it being available to stream as part of a subscription elsewhere, though – which we go into in more detail below.

Will Venom 2 stream on Netflix?

Speaking to TechRadar, a Netflix representative tells us that there's no firm plan to stream Venom 2 for the moment, but that it "won't be for a while" even if they do license the film for the service.

And it might not come to every region, either way. The first Venom film never came to Netflix in the US, but it did come to the UK, Australia, Canada, Iceland, and Turkey.

If you're in one of those regions, you may get Venom 2 eventually, though we can't say for certain it'll end up there rather than another TV streaming service. Either way, as the movie is still in theaters, and since it isn't produced by Netflix itself, Venom 2 is not on the streaming platform just yet.

You're likely looking at a wait of a few months before it's available elsewhere. Sony Pictures is big on protecting theatrical exclusivity – that's why the movie isn't available to stream yet in any form. 

Still, future movies in the series are far more likely to land on Netflix. Read on for more on why that is.  

A promotional image of Venom from Sony's 2018 movie of the same name

(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Will future Venom movies be on Netflix US?

Viewers in the US will be able to watch Venom: Let There Be Carnage on a host of platforms to rent or buy. The film should come to Starz (the premium cable network, as distinct from the roster of 'Star' programming now on Disney Plus) and therefore services like Hulu that come with bolt-on packages for Starz, but probably not Netflix in the near future.

Things should be different for future Venom films: back in April, Sony and Netflix inked a distribution deal to bring the former's slate of 2022-2026 movies – including the Uncharted movie with Tom Holland – exclusively to the streaming service, including in the US. 

The deal also encompasses Sony Pictures Entertainment films that feature Marvel characters, like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s sequel and future Venom films. Since Venom: Let There Be Carnage released within 2021, it's technically exempt from this agreement, though a Venom 3 or 4 movie would be included should Sony make one.

Can I stream Venom (2018) on Netflix?

The short answer: no. Venom is currently available to rent and buy from a number of places, such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube. It was never on Netflix in the US, though it was previously on Netflix UK – and could well return in the future.

Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.