Alternative versions of Venom
|Alternate versions of Venom|
|First appearance||As the "alien costume": The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984) |
Symbiote origin story: Secret Wars #8 (December 1984)
As Venom: The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (May 1988)
|Created by||David Michelinie|
Mike Zeck (alien costume design)
Todd McFarlane (Venom's Appearance)
|See also||Venom's hosts|
Venom in other media
As a character, Venom has appeared in a number of media, from comic books to films and television series. Each version of the work typically establishes its own continuity, and sometimes introduces parallel universes, to the point where distinct differences in the portrayal of the character can be identified. This article details various versions of Venom depicted in works including Marvel Comics Ultimate universe and What if issues.
- 1 Prime Earth (Earth-616)
- 2 Marvel Gamerverse
- 3 Contest of Champions
- 4 House of M
- 5 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- 6 Ultimate Marvel
- 7 MC2
- 8 Marvel Age
- 9 Marvel Zombies
- 10 100th Anniversary Special Spider-Man
- 11 Spider-Man 2099
- 12 Spider-Man Unlimited
- 13 Spider-Man Adventures
- 14 Spider-Man: Reign
- 15 Old Man Logan
- 16 Mini-Marvels
- 17 Marvel Adventures
- 18 Spider-Man: India
- 19 Earth X
- 20 Marvel Fairy Tales
- 21 Mangaverse
- 22 Secret Wars 2015
- 23 Punisher vs The Marvel Universe
- 24 Deadpool kills The Marvel Universe Again
- 25 Spider-Man & Deadpool
- 26 Spider-Verse
- 27 Apocalypse Wars
- 28 Spider-Geddon
- 29 Spider-Gwen
- 30 Spider-Man Comic Strip
- 31 Spider-Man: Life Story
- 32 Characters introduced in Venomverse
- 32.1 Venom-X23
- 32.2 Venomized Old Man Logan
- 32.3 Venomized Deadpool
- 32.4 Venomized Gwenpool
- 32.5 Host Rider
- 32.6 Venomized Rocket Raccoon
- 32.7 Venomized Black Panther
- 32.8 Ant-Venom
- 32.9 Agent Venom
- 32.10 Spider-Man
- 32.11 Venomized Doctor Strange
- 32.12 Venomized Captain America
- 32.13 Black Panther
- 32.14 Venom-Punisher
- 33 What If...
- 34 In What The--?!
- 35 Spider-Cat
- 36 Transformers
- 37 Marvel MegaMorphs
- 38 President Harry Osborn
- 39 Circle of Four
- 40 Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
- 41 Dark Avengers
- 42 A-Babies vs. X-Babies
- 43 Earth-617
- 44 References
Prime Earth (Earth-616)
Venom symbiote virus
When Doctor Doom got the sample of the Venom symbiote, he created a virus-like symbiote bio-weapon or Venom Bomb and was accidentally spread on New York, which bonded to various New Yorkers and heroes including: Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Veranke), Wasp, Black Widow, Wolverine, Doctor Strange and Hawkeye. Iron Man eventually finds a cure and frees everyone from the symbiotes.
Sinister Six Super-Skrull
Spider-Man's second symbiote
When Spider-Man with his class from Jean Grey's school went to S.W.O.R.D. satellite station, the satellite was attacked by a swarm of Broods bonded to symbiotes. In order to stop the symbiote infected Broods, Spider-Man bonded to one of the symbiotes with the help of No-Girl to keep the symbiote from taking over. The symbiote was eventually ejected into space.
Spider-Man's third symbiote
During the Venomized storyline, where the Poisons tried to invade with the kidnapped symbiotes which have been modified to be undetachable from the hosts. Spider-Man along with the other Heroes got forcibly bonded to the symbiotes by the Poisons and after the defeat of the Poison Queen, Alchemax employer Professor Steve helps remove the symbiotes from the heroes and are returned to Klyntar.
After Eddie Brock was separated from Venom, Eddie and his son Dylan find themselves in the middle of Malekith's invasion. Dark Elves are on every street corner, attacking everyone they can get their hands on. But even without a suit, Eddie can't let innocent people fall prey to the Dark Elves. With nothing but his fists, he challenges Malekith's forces. Obviously, his efforts, raw strength and heroism is enough to attract the attention of one of Malekith's War Witches, who approaches Eddie with a dangerous gift, a Dreamstone, which brings life to dreams and desires. Seeing a golden opportunity to become a weapon and lethal protector once more, Eddie takes the stone, which grants him his wish. He creates an artificial symbiote similar to Venom, but much taller and thinner, almost ghoulish-looking with spikes that cover large portions of his body and razor-sharp claws. Eddie also realizes that this murderous creature has no mind of its own.
In Earth-1048, during a conversation between Spider-Man and Yuri Watanabe, she quickly ask Spider-Man as a joke if he has a black and white suit indicating that Spider-Man at some point had a black suit but he got rid of it. When Spider-Man looks through certain windows there is a few collectibles on a shelf, including a black suit Spider-Man figure. In the last post-credits scene reveals Norman Osborn entering a secret lab. The secret lab contains Harry Osborn – who is childhood friend of Peter and Mary Jane and is suffering from a degenerative disease which he inherited from his mother – in a strange chamber labeled GR-35 (Ultimate Venom appeared in Ultimate Spider-Man #35) with a black web-like substance, presumed to be the symbiote after it reacts to Norman. Eddie Brock is also mentioned in a "Good Luck" letter from The Daily Bugle to Peter meaning that he still works there, but doesn't hold any rancor towards Peter. While Flash Thompson is outside the country helping veterans according to Peter while looking at some papers at the FEAST.
Contest of Champions
An alternate version of Eddie Brock appears as Venom in the 2015 Contest of Champions miniseries as one of the Grandmaster's champions. This version killed his version of Spider-Man and wears his costume as a cape, but Eddie hears Peter Parker's voice in his head. He is eventually killed by Punisher 2099 with a disintegration gun in the same place where the Sentry and Stick were seemingly killed. The symbiote fuses with the Sentry and Void's remains and turned into some Void/symbiote hybrids named Symbioids. When Stick reveals his survival, he merges their energies to resurrect the Sentry.
House of M
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
On Earth-13122, Venom is minifigure character appearing in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
The Ultimate iteration of Venom was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley and was introduced in Ultimate Spider-Man #33, while the Conrad Markus version was introduced in Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2 #16.1. His appearance was designed by Mark Bagley to be more of a monster than a supervillain, describing him as a "huge cancerous/tumorous creature".
The Ultimate Marvel version of Eddie Brock was a writer for the Daily Globe. He was at Justin Hammer's press conference; his face is not shown, only his hands and arms appear. The Ultimate incarnation of Venom is vastly different from the mainstream incarnation: Eddie Brock Jr. is Peter Parker's childhood friend (along with a college student who is a lab assistant for Curtis Connors) and the Venom symbiote is not extraterrestrial but is the second stage of a genetically created "suit" designed by Richard Parker (Peter's father) and Eddie Brock Sr. (Eddie's father) as a cure for cancer meant to bond to the user and protect them from internal and external harm. The suit is tailored for a specific DNA (Richard's in this case), and the person to whom it belongs can control the suit more easily. If, however, someone uses a suit designed for somebody else, they are constantly damaged by the suit which requires nourishment, gained by feeding on organic flesh, to function. If bonded to an incompatible host the Venom suit begins consuming them almost immediately, forcing them to feed on others to sustain it or die themselves. When taking a host, the organic matter that comprises the suit completely envelops the host, regardless of resistance, temporarily blinding it, before encasing itself in a hard, purple casing, similar to a pupa, as it bonds further with the host. When the host emerges, the suit then shifts its appearance and function to assist its host, such as creating eyes for it to see through, or tries to take it over, inducing a homicidal rage and attempting to feed itself if bonded with an incompatible host. When bonded with a host and forcibly removed, the Venom suit leaves trace amounts of itself in their bloodstream, which attracts other samples of Venom to itself, and can overload Peter's spider-sense.[volume & issue needed] In the video game Ultimate Spider-Man, absorbing the trace amounts in Peter's blood allowed Eddie to take complete control of the suit, gaining a greater ability to talk and a spider symbol on his chest.
Venom's only known weakness is electricity, and larger amounts of the suit will need more electricity to kill, as varying amounts of the suit will be stunned or vaporized by electric shocks. This was first seen in Ultimate Spider-Man #38, when an electric wire got tangled around Venom's foot. An electrocution from live power-lines vaporised the smaller amount on Peter, while a similar amount disabled Eddie. Note in the video game Ultimate Spider-Man, when Electro electrocutes Venom during a cutscene, the suit is not affected by the shock like the live power-line did in the "Venom" arc. The suit can take the Shocker's vibro-shocks, and can protect its host from a bullet, who feels nothing more than a relaxing vibration.
The Venom suit was introduced when Peter Parker reunited with his childhood friend Eddie Brock Jr. to continue their fathers' research into a protoplasmic cure for cancer. Eddie Sr. had kept the suit in the lab for his son as his legacy. After finding that Bolivar Trask had tried to weaponize his father's research, Peter attempted to steal a sample to conduct his own research on, but spilled it by accident. The original Spider-Man (Peter Parker) was able to control the suit to a greater extent than anyone because of his powers and because the suit was designed for his father. Feeding off Spider-Man's own thoughts, the suit enhanced his strength, generated its own webbing, and made him completely bulletproof. But when Spider-Man was chasing down an armed robber, the suit attempted to take over him, growing a fanged maw. After fighting for control, Spider-Man electrocuted the suit before returning to destroy the sample. Enraged, Eddie ignored Peter's warnings and used a second sample of the Venom suit on himself. Eddie, wearing the Venom suit, initially resembled a bulkier version of Spider-Man but the suit grew a fanged mouth, claws, tentacles and spinal ridges. Eddie hunted down Peter, intending to force him to be absorbed in the suit but was electrocuted by downed power lines and retreated. Eddie was then captured by Silver Sable, who was hired by Bolivar since the suit technically belonged to him and ordered Adrian Toomes to conduct his experiments on the suit in an attempt to remove the suit from Eddie. Then Beetle tried to capture Venom, but Venom escaped and was confronted by Spider-Man. During a battle the suit eventually separated itself from Eddie and forcibly bonded itself with Peter, turning him into Venom. The Ultimates arrived and were able to separate Peter from the suit. Eddie later approached Peter and demanded that he retrieve the suit for him but was rebuffed. During a confrontation between Peter, Eddie and Gwen Stacy, Gwen transformed into Carnage. Contact with Carnage caused trace amounts of the suit within Eddie's body to multiply, transforming him into Venom, at which point the two symbiotes began to fight. After a brief battle the Venom symbiote absorbed all traces of the Carnage symbiote, leaving Gwen an ordinary human, and causing Venom to change into a new form even larger than before, with small glowing red eyes and got a spider symbol. Venom retreated from battle, and was later captured by the Beetle and taken to Latveria.
In the video game, it is implied that Eddie Sr. and Venom are responsible for the plane crash which killed Peter's parents.
Venom appeared with his trademark white spider symbol in Ultimates 3. He attacks the Ultimates' mansion, demanding to find the woman. The Ultimates fight him until Thor strikes him with lightning, turning him into a puddle of organic matter. He is revealed to be an android created by Ultron as a pawn in a master plan.
Conrad Marcus was an employee at Oscorp that helped create the spider behind Miles Morales's powers. An employee of the Roxxon Corporation, Marcus willingly becomes the Venom symbiote's new host and was a more larger Venom than the Eddie Brock's version. When investigative reporter Betty Brant incorrectly assumes that the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales) is Jefferson Davis, Venom kills Betty. Afterwards, Venom destroys Oscorp's abandoned building and later appears at Miles's apartment due to his believing Jefferson to be the new Spider-Man. During the ensuing battle between Venom and Spider-Man, Jefferson is injured and taken to a hospital. Venom appears there, leading to another battle with Spider-Man and the police that accidentally kills both Rio Morales and Marcus.
- Other versions
- In other media
- In The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, Eddie Brock was heavily inspired by the Ultimate version of Venom while he shared a strong resemblance to the mainstream iteration of Venom.
- In the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, the Venom symbiote was heavily inspired by the Ultimate version: an artificial lifeform designed through Peter Parker's DNA by Doctor Octopus. The first version's initial host is Harry Osborn and also has a strong resemblance to the mainstream iteration. The second iteration's main host is Flash Thompson as Agent Venom.
- The titular character from the 2018 film Venom is suggested to have borrowed a few elements from this version of Venom, most notably the fact that its origin and appearance is on most part independent of the influence of Spider-Man. In other words, the latter was not a direct or indirect cause of Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote bonding together, so Venom does not possess any of Spider-Man's powers but instead sports his own set of similar powers. Thus, the original story and character arc are not fully incorporated into the film.
- In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film, Peter Parker from Miles Morales's dimension mentions Venom in the "Spidey-Bells" song.
- The Ultimate version of Venom is playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
- The Ultimate version of Venom is presumed to be the black web-like substance wrapping around a sick Harry Osborn in the very last post-credits scene in the 2018 Spider-Man acting as life support and is presumed to be in the sequel.
In Spider-Girl, the Venom symbiote was separated from Eddie Brock and remained trapped in containment for more than a decade. After being free, attempts to re-bond with Peter Parker to become Spider-Venom and makes him to kill his own family, but gets separated by Spider-Girl and Phil Urich as the heroic Green Goblin. Then is forcefully bonded to Spider-Girl's friend Normie Osborn III, the grandson of the original Green Goblin, by Goblin Queen. It takes control of Normie, but when it also attempts to absorb Spider-Girl, their combined force of will defeats the creature. Instead of destroying it, Normie keeps the symbiote and allows it to bond with him, purging the symbiote of its violent and aggressive emotions. When Normie is in control he resembles as Spider-Man's classic black suit with four additional arms resembling Six-armed Spider-Man and briefly calling themselves Dusk, since Venom was the name between Eddie Brock and the symbiote. He then joins Kaine's team of reformed villains. In Spider-Girl #100, Normie transfers the symbiote to a critically injured Spider-Girl so it can heal and save her. The symbiote later sacrifices itself to save Spider-Girl's life by confronting a sonic weapon-armed Hobgoblin. The Venom symbiote removed all of Normie's tattoos and scars from his suicides attempts as it died, as a parting gift. Then Normie confirms that the symbiote is dead.
- Other versions
In a reality imagined by Phil Urich where Spider-Girl didn't exist, the Venom symbiote fully bonded to Peter, permanently becoming Spider-Venom. This versions would later appear along with the Spider-Army during Spider-Verse.
Mayhem (April Parker)
|First comic appearance||Amazing Spider-Girl #20 (July 2008)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco|
|Alter ego||April Parker|
|Species||Symbiote/Human clone hybrid|
|Place of origin||Earth-982|
|Supporting character of||Spider-Girl|
|Notable aliases||Spider-Girl, May Parker, Brand New May|
|Abilities||Alien symbiote grants:|
- Publication history
Mayhem first appeared in Amazing Spider-Girl #20 and making appearances in Spectacular Spider-Girl, until making her final appearance in Spider-Girl: The End.
- Fictional character biography
It is revealed that, while still bonded to Eddie Brock, some of the Symbiote's genetic material had been taken by Norman Osborn and combined with a clone of May to make a Human/Symbiote hybrid. She was discovered by Normie Osborn, who revealed to Peter Parker that the clone may be the original Mayday Parker, as Norman had written letters hinting to this fact. After a failed attempt to get the answers from Élan DeJunae, Normie was attacked by the hybrid who managed to escape. She then stalks the original May to her school in order to replace her, starting the Clone Saga. She accidentally threw herself down the school stairwell, allowing the familiar May to escape by leaping off the building. May changed into Spider-Girl, but New May on her way to assist the X-People in containing Sara Hingle's powers. The hybrid intercepted May on her way and tried to tackle her. May saved them both from falling to the street, and, after a brief fight May saved her double again and, proving a major difference between the two Mays as Spider-Girl does not kill her enemies, but the hybrid was more ruthless. When arguing about who the real May, Kaine comments "Are you saying clones aren't real?"
After being "absorbed" into the aged Peter Parker, the original Green Goblin—Norman Osborn takes over Peter's mind, but, in an attempt to become invincible, Osborn combines himself with the Hybrid, Spider-Man, and accidentally Spider-Girl, when she dives in to save her father. After Osborn makes Spider-Man view his worst moments, Spider-Girl's memory overrides Osborn's power, and she's able to convince the Hybrid to fight Osborn together, and so force everyone out of Peter's body; destroying Osborn in the process.
After that, May proposed to the hybrid to join the Parker Family as May always wanted to have a sister, despite Peter being against the idea. The hybrid named herself "April Parker" and went on to live with the real Spider-Girl's family (her baby brother, Mary Jane, and Peter) and starts to go school where she befriends May's friends especially Gene Thompson, Flash Thompson's son. She becomes a partner to Spider-Girl and helps her fight crime and even saves Peter from the Goblin Queen with the help of Phil Urich.
In a later timeline, Mayhem feeling jealousy towards May, she tries to make her accept that she was the clone and start fighting, however she accidentally kills the real Spider-Girl. Feeling guilty for what she has done she impersonates May and became a murderous vigilante, eventually killing the hero American Dream. In an attempt to stop her, the military used pieces of the dead Carnage symbiote to create the Bio-Predators. However the Biopreds take over their hosts and start killing and bonding to thousands of humans around the world, decimating the world and its defenders. Mayhem, seeing the error of her ways, with the help of Cassie Lang goes back in time using Doctor Doom's time machine. However, she materialized inside a wall. She implanted her memories into her younger self, before dying and the present April sacrifices herself to save Spider-Girl, ensuring the events that led to the Biopreds' creation never occurred. She's presumed dead, but Peter assures May that clones always come back.
- Powers and abilities
Due to being a Symbiote/Human hybrid and clone of Mayday Parker, she has all the powers of her predecessors, Venom and Spider-Girl, however due to half symbiote, she is immune to the symbiotes' classic weaknessess.
- Other versions
The reality where the Biopreds destroyed the entire humanity is designated as Earth-19725.
- In other media
- Both versions of April as Mayhem and as Spider-Girl are playable characters in Spider-Man Unlimited.
In the Marvel Age mini-series Spider-Man and Power Pack #3-4, a fashion designer down on his luck manages to acquire the Venom symbiote after it is blasted off of Eddie Brock by Spider-Man, and, thinking its morphic qualities are just something built into the suit and not a living biological function, clones it three times as a new women's dress line. At the debut fashion show for the line, Peter Parker is photographing with Mary Jane Watson wearing one of the dresses, unaware of its true nature.[volume & issue needed]
In the audience is the Power Pack in their civilian identities, invited by Peter as a thank you for their help in the previous two issues. When the symbiotes hear Peter's name, their genetic memory recognizes it and they turn Mary Jane and the other three models into She-Venoms, and attack. The Power Pack join Spider-Man in the battle, during which Spider-Man briefly corners the designer and gets the truth out of him about the clones. The symbiote clones are sheared from their unwilling hosts, three by a sonic boom produced by Julie Power/Lightspeed's superhuman speed, the other by an energy burst from Katie Power/Energizer. The battle is then won when Jack Power/Mass Master uses the music booth to blast them all with high audio, crippling them long enough to be captured. During the battle, however, one symbiote clone manages to briefly make contact with Katie Power's alien-born costume, causing it to become "infected" by the Venom symbiote's evil and vengeful desires (the kids' costumes in this continuity are semi-biological themselves, a concept later reinforced during a later mini-series when one is seen to repair damage to itself on its own). This causes Katie's costume to take on a Venom-like appearance, with the only differences being it is obviously smaller and Katie's energy burst symbol takes the place of the spider symbol's main body, the spider legs remaining.[volume & issue needed]
The Kymellian costume-turned-symbiote completely takes control of the little girl at night, using her to team with the Sinister Six to capture Spider-Man, and then turn on the other members of Power Pack, Katie's own siblings, to take revenge on them for their part in the symbiote clones' defeat. In the final battle, Julie Power manages to find and free Spider-Man, and together they manage to get Electro to blast all the villains, including himself, with a large electrical discharge powerful enough to render them all unconscious and again shear the costume-turned-symbiote off of Katie, the discharge purging Katie's costume of the "infection" in the process, restoring it to normal.[volume & issue needed]
In the Marvel Zombies mini-series on Earth-2149, Venom briefly appears as one of the many zombified villains. He fights the zombie Spider-Man, who quickly kills him, because the Symbiote has started to die, being unable to absorb adrenaline from Eddie Brock's zombified body. He died very early at the hands of the zombie Spider-Man himself before Zombie Spider-Man goes on. Like his Earth 616 counterpart, he has cancer and the Symbiote doesn't want to be with him. Unlike his Earth 616 counterpart, his cancer is not cured and he is instead destroyed. Before he died, Brock managed to sputter out that he and the symbiote are dying, to which the zombie Spider-Man states that Venom is breaking his cold, dead heart.
100th Anniversary Special Spider-Man
In an alternate universe of Earth-TRN421, in the year 2061, after Wilson Fisk killed Eddie Brock in a confrontation, he got the symbiote and modified it giving it the ability to travel through technology. Then Kingpin after being bonded to the symbiote, started chasing Peter so he could finally kill Spider-Man once and for all. In the end Peter directed Kingpin in the woods and in an intense battle Peter used his torch to separate Kingpin from Venom and after that he burned the symbiote for good.
Kron Stone is the older half-brother of Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) as they share the same father Tyler Stone. Kron as a child was continually abused by the android housekeeper which thought that Kron was a dog and he has always been a bully and takes enjoyment in other people's pain. The relationship between the two is so conflicted that Miguel tried to kill his brother. In his introduction, Stone gave the orders to have Jake Gallows' family killed. Gallows found Stone and fatally wounded him with a knife and dumped his body into the sewer. Following the altercation Kron lay dying in the sewer, his body brushed up against a black ball. The ball then bonded to him and formed a new Venom. The symbiote was described as having mutated over the years, and displayed new abilities in this timeline, including acidic blood and saliva. With this new power, Stone sought to emotionally torture Miguel—whom Kron never discovered was his half-brother—by hurting those close to him, going so far as to kill Miguel's former love Dana—who was also Tyler's lover. The future Spider-Man and Venom fought and Spider-Man was the victor. After the fight he had the town turn on sonics through all of the speakers, thus neutralizing Venom. They then brought him back to the lab for study. It was revealed that the symbiote bonded with Kron on a molecular level, giving Kron an amorphous physiology that allowed his body to take on the properties of the symbiote itself.
Later, after the symbiote was separated from Kron, it merged with Roman the Sub-Mariner, the son of Namor, who fled to the ocean and is never seen again. It was later shown that part of the symbiote is at the Alchemax lab for studying.
- Other versions
- A variant of Venom 2099 appears as a member of the Sinister Six along with another version of the Vulture and Doctor Octopus.
- Timestorm 2009-2099's version of Scorpion is Kron Stone.
- In other media
- Scorpion 2099 is a boss in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, voiced by John Kassir.
- Venom 2099 appears as a playable character in Spider-Man Unlimited.
- Venom 2099 appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
In the animated series and second issue of the comic series Spider-Man Unlimited, Venom and Carnage appear as re-occurring villains, stowing away on John Jameson's shuttle on its way to Counter-Earth and in subsequent appearances attempting to infect the citizens of Counter-Earth with symbiotes and serving a hive-mind called the Synoptic. The Spider-Man Unlimited incarnation of Venom only has the white spider on his chest, oddly isn't shown casting webs, and is capable of reducing his body to a liquid-like state. In the eleventh episode, Eddie Brock is revealed to be dependent on the Venom symbiote for survival, and after he is separated from it a second time, the Synoptic unleashes the symbiote spores on Counter-Earth.[volume & issue needed]
In this universe which predates the Big Bang of the current universe of Earth-616, the history of Eddie Brock is identical to the Eddie Brock of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, with the difference that instead of Dormammu and Baron Mordo bringing the symbiote back to Eddie, Eddie is reunited with the symbiote after the actions of Doctor Octopus. He along with all life of the universe are presumed dead, after the Dweller-in-Darkness used the M'Kraan Crystal to feed of energy of the dying universe.
In Kaare Andrews' Spider-Man: Reign, set 30 years from current comics continuity, Venom has been posing as "Edward Saks", the aide to the Mayor of New York. "Edward" has been manipulating the city ever since Spider-Man's disappearance in preparation for his eventual return; in the process, he had re-enlisted the Sinister Six, replicated his symbiote thousands of times (chalking it up to being "lonely"), and built a security system named "WEBB" which prevents New York citizens from escaping from the city, trapping them while allegedly protecting them from the outside world. Upon meeting him, Venom is quick to berate Spider-Man for abandoning him all those years ago with a genuine sense of bitterness and sorrow, describing himself as a responsibility that Spider-Man neglected, leaving the wallcrawler at a loss for words. Defeated, the Sinister Six, Spidey and Venom have their final battle, in which Sandman gives Spider-Man a detonator to make all the Sinners explode. Spidey presses the button, most likely killing Venom and putting an end to his "Reign" once and for all.
Old Man Logan
In "Old Man Logan", the symbiote appears to be following Logan and Hawkeye, having bonded to a Savage Land tyrannosaurus rex. It is stopped by Black Bolt. Another symbiote is seen in the story and also appeared to be looking over Logan and Hawkeye on a hill. Whether this is a different piece of the Venom symbiote or another symbiote is unclear yet.
In the prequel, Old Man Hawkeye, the symbiote bonded to Multiple Man, increasing his cloning powers as he attempted to get revenge on Hawkeye for murdering some of his clones. When they chase Hawkeye down to a refuge town led by Kate Bishop, Clint and Kate lure the Venoms out into the wild to get devoured by the same Tyrannosaurus rex that would chase Hawkeye and Logan later on.
Venom appears in Mini-Marvels as Eddie Brock. This incarnation of Venom is a friend/foe of Spider-Man. He aspires be the best Newspaper dealer in the world, but the symbiote who is made of living ink, always ruins his chances.[volume & issue needed]
Just like the earth-616, after Reed Richards removes the symbiote from Spider-Man, Johnny Storm bonds to the symbiote thinking to be a technological suit like Spider-Man thought, he flames on but the symbiote leaves him immediately.
In the final issue of the mini-series Spider-Man: India (Earth-50101), Venom appears as an exiled interdimensional demon. It is later explained, that Venom was trapped in an ancient amulet now used by tycoon Nalin Oberoi. Pavitr Prabhakar is briefly possessed by the entity, but is rejected, and the amulet sucks in Oberoi, but in the final page, Venom is the only demon left. There's also a mention of Aadi, who is this universe's Eddie Brock.[volume & issue needed]
In the alternative future of the Earth X limited series, after Peter forcibly removed the symbiote from himself, the symbiote wanted to get revenge on Peter by turning his daughter against him, after leaving Eddie Brock. This backfire as May "Mayday" Parker was able to fully control and communicate with the symbiote. Mayday with the symbiote became a crime fighter heroine much to Peter's dismay. When the Skull tried to overtake the US, May tried to fight, but she instead fell under Skull's mind control. Peter eventually returned as Spider-Man to save his daughter. Then she helps her father to fight the villainous Spiders Man who had trapped Peter in web of illusions. She is later recruited by Kang the Conqueror as part of a scheme against the Apocalypse Twins and the Avengers Unity Squad. She then reappeared during the "Spider-Verse" event.
Marvel Fairy Tales
In the Marvel Mangaverse continuity, Venom is the name of a human man, the son of May and her first husband, Shinji, and former member of the Spider-Clan. Venom's skin is black due to the poisoned arrows throwed by the Shadow-Clan, which killed his father. His spider symbol is white, and also much larger than Spider-Man's.
Venom is responsible for the murder of most of Spider-Clan and Peter's Uncle Ben, Venom's stepfather in the Mangaverse, at the command of New York's Kingpin of Crime. Peter defeats him and spares his life. Venom later usurps Kingpin for control over New York's ninja criminal gangs.
Separately, the Venom symbiote appears as a black liquid that is released from a cursed amulet, which was given to Peter by Black Cat. The symbiote draws energy from the amulet's wearer, which can be fatal after prolonged exposure. The wearer's strength and agility are increased, and his or her ability to control their own violent urges is reduced. When Peter Parker becomes possessed by the evil amulet, removing it leaves him near death.
Venom captures the amulet and chooses to sacrifice his own life to force it to save Peter, repaying the debt he owes for Peter sparing his life. This act revitalizes Peter, but leaves Venom nothing but a skeleton. The amulet, containing Venom's life force, is used to heal the crippled Kingpin.[volume & issue needed]
In the Legend of the Spider-Clan one-shot story Elemental Evil, Venom inexplicably reappears in the mountain-top home of the Spider-Clan, alive and whole, his skin now a dark blue. He also gained new powers, including a pair of vicious jaws and a long drooling tongue, bringing him closer in appearance to his Earth-616 counterpart. Despite their history, Peter agrees that Venom will teach the ways of the Spider-Clan and the use of his powers to Peter. Venom and the rest of the new Spider-Clan aid in training Peter to become more powerful, tapping into the mystical side of his spider abilities. In the end, Peter discovers that the group is run by Peter's biological mother, who ordered the death of Aunt May to rid him of emotional attachments. As a result, Peter refuses to take his place as leader, rejecting the clan. Venom is awarded with rulership over the Spider-Clan. No reason is given for Venom's resurrection or his new powers, but when asked about it, Venom only said "I was lucky."[volume & issue needed]
During the "Spider-Verse" event, Venom becomes aware about conflict between various Spider-Man and the Inheritors and fearing that the presence of Peter in the temple will attract the conflict to the clan, he tries to stop Peter and willing to kill him, but only to be stopped by the Spider-Army.
- Other versions
A alternate version of Venom appears in Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan #1, where he, along Peter's mother Kiri, are the leaders of the Spider-Clan, which consist of Sandman/Earth, Jack O'Lantern/Fire, a female Hydro-Man/Water, an old man version of Cyclone/Wind, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kraven, Rhino, Scorpion and Vulture.
Secret Wars 2015
During the Secret Wars, various versions of the character are featured:
- In 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, Edwin Brocc lives in the outskirts of York and an apprentice to the town's printer. When Angela found out he enchanted the town's beauty to marry him, he transformed into a venomous monster but was subdued in the fight.
- In Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Venom escapes from his prison and threatens to kill Spider-Man and his family. Spider-Man, with the help of Mary Jane killed him inside a burning building. In the later books separate from Secret Wars, Liz Allan's company acquires the Venom symbiote and she tricks Mary Jane into bonding with it so she could stop using Regent tech to borrow Peter's powers. The Venom symbiote tries to possess Mary Jane as vengeance for Eddie's death, but she manages to overcome it. It is later annihilated by the Green Goblin mech.
- In Civil War, Clint Barton uses the Venom identity.
- In Spider-Island, Agent Venom (Flash Thompson) works to bring down the Spider Queen.
- In Spider-Verse, Venom works for Norman Osborn and was instructed to follow Spider-Gwen from a distance until the real Peter Parker showed himself thus taking the opportunity to capture Parker. He was defeated by Spider-Gwen after being lured to a recording studio.
- In Hail Hydra, Eddie Brock is Venom and a Hydra enforcer, leading a team of symbiote infected women, known as his Vipers.
- In Inhumans: Attilan Rising, Venom is Killiseium, battling Colossus.
Punisher vs The Marvel Universe
In this universe Venom got infected from a virus which made him a cannibal (not a zombie). He is battling Carnage and is then killed by Punisher, when Venom tried deliver a message to the Punisher from Patient Zero.
Deadpool kills The Marvel Universe Again
When Deadpool's mind got brainwashed, he killed Eddie Brock and wore the symbiote. He thought that he, alongside Spider-Man were eating together to win a pie eating competition against the Blob, where in reality he was using the symbiote to eat Spider-Man. Then the Venom symbiote leaves Deadpool since he got his revenge on Spider-Man.
Spider-Man & Deadpool
In an alternate future where Spider-Man is a paralyzed old man who lives with Deadpool, Venom is bonded to Vision and is part of The Fantastic Four alongside Valeria Richards, Reed (son of the Thing) and a version of Daredevil called Lastdevil. In battle between Life Model Decoy of Deadpool Venom leaves Vision and bond to Reed to stop the LMDs, but it didn't work as they get killed.
- Appearing in The Anarchic Spider-Man, Variable Engagement Neuro-sensitive Organic Mesh also known as V.E.N.O.M. is created by Oscorp and is worn by the Thunderbolt Department, the police and fire department of President Osborn. They try to stop the protests against, but they're all defeated by Spider-Punk and his Spider-Slayers.
- A female version of Venom is recruited along with the other Spider-Totems by Octavia Otto to fight the Electro-Verse.
- A version of Venom is seen by Jessica Drew on the Web of Life and Destiny.
In Edge of Spider-Geddon #2, in the world of Peni Parker, aka SP//dr, VEN#m exists as a giant mech-suit, powered by a Sym Engine, created to serve as back-up in case the SP//dr failed. It was piloted by Addy Brock until a battle against the kaiju M.O.R.B.I.U.S. caused the suit to malfunction, gain a mind of its own, and go rogue; growing a mouth with cubic teeth and a green tongue-like wire (a reference to Evangelion). Though SP//dr was able to defeat VEN#m, she was too late to stop it from consuming Addy as well as her version of Aunt May, who flew in to fix the problem manually.
Dr. Elsa Brock created the Venom symbiote from the radioactive spider isotopes developed by S.I.L.K. leader Cindy Moon to cure the Lizard formula as requested by the city's Kingpin, Matt Murdock, to offer Spider-Woman a solution to losing her powers and curing the new Lizard, Harry Osborn. Gwen was forced to inject Harry with one of her spider isotopes, causing the serum inside him to mutate into Venom and attach to Wolverine before bonding to Gwen and forming Gwenom. Though Gwen succumbed to its bloodlust at first, after discovering her father was brutally beaten by the Rhino in prison, she eventually learned to control it. The symbiote in this universe despite being amorphous is actually some spiders working together being a "mutant cousin" of the alien spider that gave Gwen her powers and is not affected by classic symbiote weaknesses like sonic attacks when without a host, the symbiote is vulnerable to sonic when only bonded to a host. Spider-Gwen eventually took full control of the symbiote and turned it into a replica of her classic costume. During Spider-Geddon, the symbiote protected Spider-Gwen from Verna's touch.
- Other versions
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Spider-Man: Life Story
In a continuity where characters naturally aged after Peter Parker became Spider-Man in 1962, Peter still acquired the Venom symbiote during the Secret Wars in the 1980s. Unlike the main continuity, Peter discovered that the black suit was a symbiote before Reed Richards did, but initially decided against getting rid of it due to his aging body. When Kraven tries burying Peter alive, the symbiote helps him escape the grave and nearly causes him to kill Kraven before Mary Jane helped separate it from him. The traumatic incident led Mary Jane to leave Peter. It then bonds with Kraven before the hunter commits suicide with his rifle.
In 2019, the Venom-possessed Kraven attacks Peter and Miles Morales in Doctor Doom's space station as the two heroes attempt to shut down Doom's technology across the planet. When he attempts to let the symbiote possess Miles, he discovers that Otto Octavius is possessing Miles' body, allowing Peter the chance to attack him with a sonic blast from his suit. When the symbiote separates from him, he is nothing more than a skeleton. As Peter stays behind on the space station to ensure the Doomsday Pulse activates, the symbiote helps him one last time by filling in the giant hole of the collapsing station. Once the pulse activates, the station explodes and kills Peter and the symbiote.
Characters introduced in Venomverse
In Venomverse various version of the character are featured:
A version of X23 got bonded to the Venom symbiote while she was trying to escape the facility where both of them where held. She befriends some street kids and shares her symbiote with them. When the facility tried to capture Laura, she got heavily injured and the symbiote got its pieces from the kids so it could heal her faster. Suddenly she's approached by a Venomized Captain America to join the army.
Venomized Old Man Logan
A version of Old Man Logan was captured by Angel, Spider-Girl (Ashley Barton) and Hulk Jr. He was eaten by a symbiote infected Devil Dinosaur but the symbiote bonded to Logan and killed Devil Dinosaur, Spider-Girl and Angel. During the climax of the event, he's presumed dead.
Deadpool from another universe investigated a facility where illegal experiments were being performed with parasitic worms. He bonded to the symbiote to expel the worms inside him. In the event he willingly got consumed by a Poison to act as a double-agent for the Venom army. In the end his presumed dead.
In another universe Gwenpool stole the symbiote from an unknown place and mistakenly wrote who Daredevil was in a piece of paper which her boss got. She tries to get it back alongside Daredevil and she discovers that her boss is part of the ninja clan called "Hand" and she kills him. In the event she got consumed by a Poison and later got killed by Poison Deadpool.
In an alternate universe Venom was bonded to Robbie Reyes. In this form Venom and the spirit of Eli are in control of Robbie's body and not him. In this universe he killed Spider-Man, Crossbones and Calvin Zabo. During the event he was consumed by the Poisons and was killed by Carnage.
Venomized Rocket Raccoon
A Venomized version of Rocket Raccoon appears in the event. After Groot got consumed by a Poison, Rocket was forced to kill him. Then he became a bounty hunter and tried to kill his universe's Captain America. In the event he makes a bomb to destroy the Poison's base.
Venomized Black Panther
In the event a version of Agent Venom is part of the Venoms army gathered by the Venomized Doctor Strange to fight the Poisons. He tries to calm down both Eddie (from the main universe) and Spider-Man (from a universe who didn't get rid of the symbiote), but they're attacked by the Poisons and he himself is killed by a Poison Hulk.
In the event, an alternate version of Spider-Man who reunited with the symbiote after leaving Brock, is recruited with other Venoms to fight the Poisons. He later is tricked from a Poison into thinking it was Aunt May and then got consumed by the Poison and became a villain to Venom. He was later blown up with the other Poisons from a bomb created by the Venomized Rocket Raccoon.
Venomized Doctor Strange
A Venomized version of Doctor Strange appears who is responsible for gathering all of the different incarnations of Venom. His Earth (Earth-TRN644) was eradicated by the Poisons so he gathered Venoms from across the multiverse in order to prevent the Poisons consuming more of them. He is captured by the Poisons and he realises that instead of bringing more Venoms to fight, he had brought the Poisons more Venoms to consume. In the climax he sends all of the surviving Venoms to their universes while the bomb explodes. His fate is unknown.
Venomized Captain America
A Venomized version of Captain America makes an appearance while he recruits different versions of Venoms. He is captured by the Poisons and refusing to collaborate with them, he gets consumed and joins them. He's later killed by Poison Deadpool.
In an alternate universe of Earth-TRN650, the Venom symbiote was captured by Rhino who was in Wakanda at the time and he fought Black Panther for the symbiote. At the time a young girl from Nigeria named Ngozi who was in a wheelchair bonded to the symbiote, allowing her to walk again. At the same time Rhino killed Black Panther and Nogozi defeated him. After T'Challa's death Nogozi with the symbiote became the new Black Panther.
In another universe of Earth-TRN651, Venom makes an agreement with the Punisher to help him kill the Kingpin in exchange to help Venom kill Spider-Man. After killing the Kingpin, Punisher forced by the symbiote was ready to kill Spider-Man until Venom-Strange recruited him to fight the Poisons. Then he got consumed by the Poisons and got killed by Anti-Venom while invading Earth-616.
...The alien costume had possessed Spider-Man?
In this one-shot, after obtaining the symbiote costume, Spider-Man waits too long before visiting Mr. Fantastic who would free him from the symbiote's control. The suit takes control of Spider-Man and as it constantly feeds on him, Spider-Man ages at an accelerated rate. Within days, Spider-Man dies of old age. Desperate to survive, the symbiote bonds with a weakened Hulk. Thor confronts Venom-Hulk. The costume explains that it is sorry for Spider-Man's death, but is draining the gamma radiation from Bruce Banner as repentance. Thor in disbelief defeats him, leading the symbiote to take over Thor. Banner however is shown cured of being The Hulk. The heroes employ Black Bolt's incredibly powerful voice to create enough sonic damage to critically injure the symbiote.
...Venom had possessed The Punisher?
In this one-shot issue, after the symbiote leaves Spider-Man, it joins with the Punisher instead of Eddie Brock. Castle uses the symbiote's abilities to further his war on crime; he used the suit's shape-shifting nature to create glider-wings and used its webbing as bullets.
The symbiote causes the Punisher's war to become more brutal and unrestrained than ever before as he set about confronting and killing many super-criminals. The symbiote eventually influences him to confront and beat Spider-Man, but before it can kill the Web Slinger, Castle's soldierly discipline wins out. With his new powers, Punisher takes out Tombstone and even the Kingpin. At the climax of a confrontation with Spider-Man, Daredevil and Moon Knight, from which the Punisher emerges victorious, a blast from Spider-Man's borrowed sonic blaster allows Punisher to overcome and tame the symbiote by convincing it that his war on crime means more to him than anything, even his own life, and would sooner commit suicide and kill them both if he did not have complete control over it.
The symbiote then recedes from Punisher's face and manifests his trademark Skull insignia upon his chest. Castle tells the assembled heroes that he is in control now before making his escape.
...The Marvel Super-Heroes had remained on Battleworld?
In this one-shot issue, the Marvel Super-Heroes and Villains left alive from the Secret Wars after Galactus' and the Beyonder's fatal battle find themselves trapped on Battleworld. Deciding to make the best of things, they all settle down and build new lives and families. Twenty-five years later, Spider-Man and the Venom symbiote are a single entity. With Reed Richards dead, there was no way to free Spider-Man from the symbiote and thus he was forced to accept this new way of life. Over time he becomes cold, calculating and emotionally distant from the rest of the group. The body of Peter Parker is now nothing more than a skeleton with the symbiote acting as his skin, much to the dismay of the other super-heroes and their children.
...Spider-Man had rejected the Spider?
This one-shot issue presents a different approach to the events of Spider-Man: The Other, where Peter Parker dies and is resurrected with greater spider powers. Instead, Peter rejects the chance to rise again in a new form and leaves his body and spirit separated. This leaves his body open to a complete takeover by the Venom symbiote. The suit quickly abandons its latest host, Mac Gargan, as soon as it senses Peter's vulnerable state and rushes to once again unite with its first host. After cocooning Peter's body, the symbiote fully bonds with Peter, turning him into a violent monster called Poison. Poison longs for a companion to join them in their new life and chooses Mary Jane. After dispatching the Avengers who rush to her aid, Watson offers herself willingly to prevent any further harm to the people protecting her. She promises Poison that she will give her body but not her soul and make Poison's life as miserable as possible. This seems to leave Poison heartbroken and he flees. Instead, he unearths the grave of Gwen Stacy. The last images reveal Poison watching over a new cocoon like his own, but crimson colored, as it bursts forth showing a hand similar to Carnage's.
...Iron Man: Demon in an Armor
In this one shot, which happens to take place in Earth-90211, Spider-Man has the Venom symbiote costume. Wade Wilson, as Deadpool, is hired by Galactus to kill the Beyonder for merging MODOK to Galactus's rear end in exchange for the Community Cube. He was given a weapon called the Recton Expungifier, the only weapon that could kill the Beyonder. When Deadpool tracked down his target to a night club, he was enticed into the Beyonder's partying lifestyle, getting Jheri curls in the process. While hanging out with the Beyonder in a flying limousine, Spider-Man broke into the car and demanded the symbiote costume be removed from himself. Beyonder's driver shoots Spider-Man out of the limousine and the symbiote leaves Spider-Man and merges with Deadpool, creating Venompool. However, after years of partying, Beyonder grew tired and threw Venompool to the world, snapping him out of the Beyonder's magic. Venompool attempted to resume his contract and kill the Beyonder, but he accidentally pawned the Recton Expungifier. He decides to get himself clean by kidnapping and selling a drunken Tony Stark to A.I.M. Unfortunately, he can't join any major superhero teams, like the Avengers, Defenders and Fantastic Four because of his newly acquired Jheri curls.
In What The--?!
In the Spider-Ham universe, "The Bee-Yonder" gives Spider-Ham a version of the black uniform. #20, Pork Grind, a pig version of Venom is introduced as an enemy of Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. He was a Wild Boar from Australia, who accepted a deal with a supervillain to become Pork Grind, because every Superhero needs to have an evil counterpart. He was much stronger than Spider-Ham, who was smashed by him like paper. Spider-Ham in an attempt to stop Pork Grind, he ate some spinach and was able to finally defeat him.
In the Spider-Cat universe Venom is a pigeon.
In the universe of Earth- 91274 where the Transformers series is set, Peter Parker appears still wearing his original Black Suit and goes to cover a story about the evil Decepticons who stole components of a nuclear power plant to build their base in the side of a mountain in Oregon. He briefly clashed with the Autobots, but then Optimus Prime convinced Spider-Man about their good motives. Spider-Man then aids the Autobots against the Decepticons.
President Harry Osborn
When Harry Osborn became president of U.S.A. and because of his father turned the government into a totalitarian regime. The Venom symbiote of this universe had been bonded to the Thing and became the head guard of the superhuman prison. Ben eventually battled the Resistance, who wanted to break out Doctor Doom.
Circle of Four
In this alternate take of the Circle of Four storyline, the symbiote was physically and mentally bonded to Flash, becoming a human/symbiote hybrid. After Captain America offered Flash a place in the Avengers, Spider-Man gave up his superhero identity giving it Flash, who became the new Spider-Man and rekindled his relationship with Betty Brant. However, the Green Goblin found out about Flash's identity and murdered Betty, making Venom to swear to kill Green Goblin.
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
In Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, where everyone were transported in a reality where Reed Richards had become the Supreme Intelligence. In this reality, the Venom symbiote had multiplied and had bonded to an entire regime of Skrulls, who had been killing various Reeds, Johnnys and Bens, except the Susans.
The Venom symbiote of this reality had been captured and was kept in a test tube in one of Iron Man's labs. Dr. Hank Pym had experimented on the symbiote in order to find a way to adapt it for use to outfit Stark's new armors with, however these experiments had destroyed what conscious it had left but it was still able to retain its biological properties of replacing missing limbs. During the period where Stark held the Dark Avengers, June Covington telepathically manipulated Pym into helping her restore her teammates to fight. They took the symbiote and used it to replace John Walker's missing arm and leg allowing him to become U.S.Agent once again.
A-Babies vs. X-Babies
In the alternate reality of Earth-617, Gwen Stacy encountered Spider-Gwen, leading her to avoid her death. Following the example of Spider-Gwen, she became an excellent detective and after bonding to this universe's Venom, they became Spider-Woman.
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