Venom appears in the 2007 feature film Spider-Man 3, played by Topher Grace. Eddie Brock is another freelance photographer working at the Daily Bugle shortly before Spider-Man joins with the symbiote. Eddie faces public humiliation after creating a fake photo of Spider-Man robbing a bank and is fired after being exposed by Peter. After Spider-Man abandons the symbiote in a church bell tower, Brock had been in the church praying for Peter's death, discovers Spider-Man's identity. The symbiote falls onto Brock, transforming him into Venom, and he uses his new-found powers to attempt to kill Peter as revenge for his public humiliation; at that point, Venom becomes the main antagonist of the film, as unlike Sandman, who appears to be more sympathetic in the film, Venom is unforgiving and evil. He teams up with Sandman and the two make an attempt to get revenge on Spider-Man. However with the help of Harry Osborn, who Venom kills, Spider-Man defeats Sandman and stops Venom by releasing Brock from the symbiote by building a cage of hollow metal poles around him, hitting them to create a makeshift sonic weapon, and weakening the symbiote. Peter then throws a bomb from Harry's glider into the symbiote to destroy it for good. But Eddie, trying to prevent its loss, jumps towards the bomb just as it detonates, destroying him and the symbiote in the resulting explosion. Unlike in the comics Brock is influenced by the symbiote but appears to have more control over it.