WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sony's Venom , in theaters now.
There’s a lot going on in Venom, especially for a movie that’s nominally a pretty straightforward film about Venom trying to stop another symbiote. With the massive tonal shifts that hit the narrative, it can be understandable to lose track of certain things.
Here’s how the movie ends things for the symbiotes, leaving the door open for a return to romance between Eddie and Annie and setting up future Venom stories.
The Death Of The Life Foundation
Things don’t really work out for anyone who directly works for the Life Foundation. Dr. Dora Skirth, who tries to leak knowledge about the symbiotes to the world via Eddie Brock, ends up killed by a forced attempt to bond with a symbiote. The attempt also kills the symbiote. In fact, of the three symbiotes Drake recovered, only Venom survives. That is until Riot shows up, bonds with Drake, and sets up a rocket to take them to space so they can bring the rest of the symbiotes to Earth.
After murdering most of his command staff while preventing a mission abort, Riot tries to climb into the rocket but ends up fighting Venom. The battle ends when Venom rips open the fuel tanks to the shuttle just as it’s trying to take off. Riot (and Drake) are killed in the explosion, although it's hinted that a piece of Riot could still exist in Venom after the two briefly combined into a single symbiote.
This means that there’s only one symbiote on Earth currently, although that could change if/when Venom spawns Carnage.