NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Riot from 2018 film. The mainstream version can be found here: Riot (Marvel).
|“|| Riot: Venom… get in the rocket!|
Venom: No! We won't let you destroy this world!
Riot: Then DIE!!
|~ Riot about to battle Venom.|
The Riot Symbiote is one of the two main antagonists (along with Carlton Drake) of the 2018 film Venom, based on the famous comic book of the same name. He is the destructive and sadistic leader of the symbiotes, who bonds with Drake in order to accomplish their shared goal of bringing his race to Earth to bond with humanity; although, unlike Drake, he does this in order to have the symbiotes destroy and devour the human race. This incarnation of Riot is also significantly stronger and more vicious than its original comics counterpart.
He was voiced by Riz Ahmed, who portrayed his host, Drake.
Riot was one of the four Symbiotes that was transported inside a comet from their planet to Earth. While the first three Symbiotes were captured by Drake and his men to perform illegal experiments on human hosts, Riot was the only one to escape, landing in Malaysia. For six months, Riot made all his way from Malaysia to the U.S. by hopping from one host body to another. Taking a little girl as its current host, Riot made his way to Life Foundation HQ, where he learns of Drake's intent to use a space probe into delivering more symbiotes. Knowing that doing so might lead the Symbiotes to use Earth as a feeding ground, Riot forms a deal with Drake to help him out before bonding with him.
However, Eddie Brock refuses to let this happen, even the Venom symbiote agreed to help him out as he states that Riot happens to be the 'team leader' that has 's**t you've never seen' and must be taken down. To that end, Brock re-bonds with Venom, who heads off to confront Riot at the launch platform. Riot demanded Venom to join him by ordering him to get into the rocket, but Venom refuses, prompting an angry Riot to declare that he will kill him for this. A battle between the symbiotes ensued, with Riot gaining the upper hand on Venom. However, Anne Weying uses a high-pitch sound to briefly weaken both symbiotes, but Riot stands his grounds before stabbing Brock and leaving him for dead. Fortunately, Venom saves Brock's life by bonding with him again as Riot boards the probe.
Just as probe is about to take off, Venom manages to soar into the hull, where he creates enough damage to ensure that the probe explodes. Upon witnessing this, Riot angrily declares Venom a traitor, but Venom taunts Riot to have a nice life before escaping, just as the probe explodes, killing both Riot and Drake in the process.
Riot represents the worst side of the Symbiotes; a sadistic maniac who seems to enjoy nothing but destroying and killing everything in sight, for hardly any reason at all. This is different from the protagonist Venom who, while vicious and not hesitating to murder people, still has standards and often doesn't hurt innocents, preferring to kill bad people after its interaction with Eddie Brock, making him more of an anti-hero/anti-villain. They also have different relationships to their hosts; Venom grows to genuinely care for Eddie and ultimately bonds with him, while Riot often switches between hosts and couldn't care less about Drake.
Much like Drake, Riot has a hatred for humanity and seeks to bring the symbiotes to Earth, though unlike Drake who does it because he wants to evolve humanity, Riot seems to do it solely because of his own bigotry against them. Despite working together, they have quite different personalities; Drake is a cold, calculating, sophisticated and pragmatic genius whose corporate status is important to his publicity, occasionally compelling the man to put a nice facade and acts for publicity, while Riot is a rampaging brute who has no time for pragmatism and is solely interested in immediate consequence.
Powers and Abilities
|“|| Eddie: You can take this guy right?|
Venom: He has got s**t you have never seen.
Eddie: What does that mean? What are our chances?
Venom: Pretty much zero.
|~ Eddie and Venom discussing their odds against Riot.|
- Possession: Being a symbiote, Riot can possesses any living beings upon physical contact with them, passing into their flesh as if intangible and taking full control of their bodies. Once inside the host, Riot is able to enhance their physical abilities to inhuman levels, allowing them to overpower other humans with ease and heal from severe injuries such as broken bones and damaged tissue in seconds. Riot displayed that it can suppress its host's mind to fully control their bodies should they reject him. Should they accept it, both it and them can able to almost meld minds with them and work collectively with them while sharing the same body as demonstrated through the teamwork with Drake. The abilities it can use while bonded with a host, as well as how good its host exploit them for their advantage, is fueled by the compatibility to each other.
- Superhuman Strength: Riot can enhance its host's strength to superhuman level.
- Superhuman Speed: Riot can enhance its host's speed to superhuman level.
- Superhuman Durability: Possessing absolute control over its mass and that of host it bonded with, Riot can enhance its durability to the point of immune to bullets and sharp weapons.
- Shapeshifting: Thanks to its full control over its mass, Riot can form constructs amd appendages from its very being, which Drake can exploit in combat. It has the basic ability to fully emerge from Drake while remaining attached to him, enveloping its host's body to form its own, complete with eyes, claws and a mouth with powerful jaws and sharp teeth while increases his body mass, turning him into powerful opponent.
- Construct Creation: Riot's mastery over his shapeshifting ability enable him to create weapons from his very being that can be detached and/or launched at will, including blades, flails, darts, spikes, and claws. By slamming his hand on any solid surface (ex. ground and catwalk), he can create a trail of spikes that will ram a desired target. In fact, Venom is skeptical about the chance of it and Eddie to win the fight against Riot.
- Biological Assimilation: During the final fight between Venom and Riot, Riot momentarily absorbs Venom and Eddie into its body, making him appear more larger, though both of them managed to break out of it after Anne Weying used a high pitch frequency from a P.A. system to weaken the Symbiotes. Additionally, Riot demonstrated the ability to separate other Symbioses from their hosts through physical contact, as it was able to rip Venom off Eddie's body for a short time.
|“|| Riot: (taking over Drake in anger) WHERE IS HE?!!|
Eddie: OH GOD!!
Riot:WHERE IS VENOM?!!
Eddie: That is the most ugliest looking thing I have ever seen!!
|~ Riot interrogating Eddie Brock.|
|“|| Drake: Your friends... the others, I apologize, I tried to keep them alive.|
Riot: There are more of us.... millions more. They will follow wherever I lead.
Drake: Wherever we lead.
Riot: Yes... we. But first, we must retrieve him.
|~ Riot conversing with Drake after interrogating Eddie and planning on retrieving Venom for their ultimate plan.|
|“||You are NOTHING!!!||„|
|~ Riot after stabbing Eddie Brock.|
|“|| Riot: NOOOO!!!! TRAITOR!!!|
Venom: Have a nice life!!
|~ Riot's last words to Venom before being destroyed by the rocket's explosion.|
- The comic book version of Riot has some differences from the film one:
- While the comic version has a backstory as a part of Venom that fell out and became an entity of its own, the film version skips this and makes it a civilian of Venom's planet and isn't related to Venom itself in any way.
- The comics version of Riot has an entirely different host as Trevor Cole, while in the film iteration of Riot's host is Carlton Drake, though interestingly enough both hosts are part of the Life Foundation.
- The way Riot rips Venom out of Eddie Brock was a reference of Venom: Carnage Unleashed #3 cover art, where Carnage is doing the same thing.
- In an early script, Carnage was originally to be included as the main antagonist, but the film director later cancelled and scrapped the idea, replacing Riot to be one of the main antagonists.
- Carnage's host Cletus Kasady later appears in the post-credit scene as an Easter egg, implying he will become the main antagonist in the next movie.