In the fight scene between Venom and Riot, Riot says

You have a strong host.

Just because Venom manages to push Riot off once, that should not mean that his host is powerful. He did not even see him earlier. How does Riot know this?

  • they both need a host, riot didnt know who was the host
    – J M
    Jan 14, 2019 at 5:30
  • exactly, how did he know about the strength of host
    – KumarAnkit
    Jan 14, 2019 at 5:47

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Riot is a symbiote to Drake, and Drake knows that Venom is a symbiote to Brock. If you recall, Drake sent his henchmen to Brock's apartment in order to retrieve Venom. Since Symbiotes talk to each other, it's logical to infer that everything Drake knows, Riot knows. So, yes Riot knows who Venom's symbiote is.

Since the symbiotes must work as a team, a weak link would be an easy kill. So, in that respect, with Venom's easy evasion of Riot's attacks and his strong counter-attacks, Riot was making a comment meant to indicate that Brock/Venom had a strong bond and worked well together. I'm sure Brock's physical power (aka actor Tom Hardy's size) didn't hurt, but it was never really expressly mentioned in the film that he's a weightlifter or that he has any abnormal strength.

  • yes, he was shown be scared easily. Does the strength of the symbiote system also depends on the involvement of both parties? Was that the reason that the previous hosts dies, because they did not wanted it and they were scared of it?
    – KumarAnkit
    Jan 14, 2019 at 12:24
  • In the movie, it was stated that not all hosts will bond with a symbiote, and when that happens the human host dies. There was even mention that Venom was injuring Brock in some way, slowly killing him, although I can't remember exactly how. But, there were multiple experiments where the human host died before Venom finally attached to Brock and they became symbiotes. Jan 14, 2019 at 13:27
  • Yes, symbiote slowly eating Brocks organs... this was the reason he needs to kill and eat other people. These scenes were cut-off from movie... cause they made it +12... Jan 14, 2019 at 13:51

Venom, Riot, and the other alien entitities need to find human hosts in order to survive on Earth. It seems only natural that they would be able to determine one host as being preferable to another. They have the ability to heal (to a degree), but if they choose the wrong host, it kills the host and symbiote. This was illustrated by the lab scenes when the homeless "volunteers" were unsuccessfully paired up with symbiote aliens. So, it seems logical that these alien entitities would be able to (instinctively) tell which human offered the best chance for survival, thus giving them uniques insights into the humans' condition.

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