History ComicBook / Venom

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* ''VideoGame/SpiderManUnlimited'': Agent Venom is a playable character, with the Eddie Brock version, Pork Grind, Black-Suit Swiney-Girl, and possibly others being added.

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* ''VideoGame/SpiderManUnlimited'': Agent Venom is a and Superior Venom are playable character, characters, with the Eddie Brock version, Pork Grind, Black-Suit Swiney-Girl, Symbiote Spider-Man and possibly others being added.
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* ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'': The Eddie Brock version of Venom is an upcoming playable character. Agent Venom has been announced, and Mac Gargan Venom is planned.

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* ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'': The Eddie Brock version of Venom is an upcoming a playable character. Agent Venom has been announced, and Mac Gargan Venom is planned.planned.
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManUnlimited'': Agent Venom is a playable character, with the Eddie Brock version, Pork Grind, Black-Suit Swiney-Girl, and possibly others being added.

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** Cullen Bunn had several plans for the ''Venom'' series that were kyboshed by Marvel cancelling it, such as wrapping up the Descent and Spawning subplots cryptically alluded to throughout Vol. 2.

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** Cullen Bunn had several plans for the subplots cryptically alluded to throughout Vol. 2 of the ''Venom'' series that were kyboshed by Marvel cancelling it, such as including wrapping up the Descent arc involving Mania and Spawning subplots cryptically alluded to throughout Vol. 2.the Hell-Mark; and bringing back Carnage and resurrecting Anti-Venom for the Spawning's War of the Symbiotes.



** ''All-Access:'' The DC and Marvel Universes beginning to bleed together causes Venom to appear in Metropolis, where he beats up Franchise/{{Superman}} and Spider-Man before being subdued by [[OriginalGeneration Access]].

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** ''All-Access:'' The DC and Marvel Universes beginning to bleed together again in the aftermath of the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse causes Venom to appear in Metropolis, where he beats up Franchise/{{Superman}} and Spider-Man before being subdued by [[OriginalGeneration Access]].



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The symbiotes, DependingOnTheWriter, are always evil and make their hosts go crazy or feed off negative emotions, but in either case, they are not nice. The 1990's ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' went as far as to portray them as a HordeOfAlienLocusts. The Venom symbiote and its progeny are apparently the only ones who care for their hosts. Of course, even then, the Venom symbiote is often depicted as the insanely jealous type. [[spoiler:''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #23, retcons things so that in their natural state the symbiotes are Lawful Good, and it is only by bonding to unworthy hosts that they become corrupted into bloodthirsty monsters.]]

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The symbiotes, DependingOnTheWriter, are always evil and make their hosts go crazy or feed off negative emotions, but in either case, they are not nice. The 1990's ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' went as far as to portray them as a HordeOfAlienLocusts. The Venom symbiote and its progeny are apparently the only ones who care for their hosts. Of course, even then, the Venom symbiote is often depicted as the insanely jealous type. [[spoiler:''Guardians ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #23, retcons things so that in their natural state the symbiotes are Lawful Good, and it is only by bonding to unworthy hosts that they become corrupted into bloodthirsty monsters.]]



* AntiVillain[=/=]AntiHero: Depending on the host: Peter Parker is a straight-up hero; Eddie Brock is a SociopathicHero at best; Angelo Fortunato was a DirtyCoward, Mac Gargan was an AxCrazy VillainWithGoodPublicity; Flash is a straight-up [[TheHero hero]], or at least [[SuperpoweredEvilSide he tries to be]]; and the Superior Spider-Man is an UnscrupulousHero turned NominalHero.

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* AntiVillain[=/=]AntiHero: Depending AntiHero: Or AntiVillain, depending on the host: Peter Parker is a straight-up hero; Eddie Brock is a SociopathicHero at best; Angelo Fortunato was a DirtyCoward, Mac Gargan was an AxCrazy VillainWithGoodPublicity; Flash is a straight-up [[TheHero hero]], or at least [[SuperpoweredEvilSide he tries to be]]; and the Superior Spider-Man is an UnscrupulousHero turned NominalHero.



** Using a piece of the Venom symbiote's tongue, an alien called Bob grew a wholly malevolent clone of it, which the original absorbed while it was possessing Patricia Robertson. Some time later, the symbiote regurgitated its Hell Mark and what was left of the clone onto Andrea Benton, creating Mania.

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** Using a piece of the Venom symbiote's tongue, an alien called Bob grew a wholly malevolent clone of it, which the original absorbed while it was possessing Patricia Robertson. Some time later, the symbiote regurgitated passed its Hell Mark and what was left of to the clone and regurgitated it onto Andrea Benton, creating Mania.



** The combination of Eddie's leukocytes, Mr. Negative's powers, and the Venom symbiote resulted in the creation of a new and seemingly non-sentient symbiote, which Eddie combated injustice with as Anti-Venom, up until he had to sacrifice it to cure a mutagenic plague released by the Jackal.
** Hall Industries separated the Carnage symbiote and Cletus, and used pieces of the former to manufacture biotechnology. One of these pieces turned out to contain another spawn, which merged with Tanis Nieves to form Scorn.

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** The combination of Eddie's leukocytes, Mr. Negative's Martin Li's Lightforce powers, and remnants of the Venom symbiote resulted in the creation of a new and seemingly non-sentient symbiote, which Eddie combated injustice with as Anti-Venom, up until he had to sacrifice it to cure a mutagenic plague released by the Jackal.
** Hall Industries separated the Carnage symbiote and Cletus, and used pieces of the former to manufacture biotechnology. One of these pieces turned out to contain another biomechanical spawn, which merged with Tanis Nieves to form Scorn.



** Up until the Mania symbiote was revealed to be what was left of the clone from it, ''Venom'' Vol. 1 by Daniel Way was assumed to be this by the vast majority due to the complete and utter lack of any references to it outside of a minor (bordering on EasterEgg) one in the ContinuityCavalcade featured in an issue of ''New Avengers''.

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** Up until the Mania symbiote was revealed to be what was left of the clone from it, ''Venom'' Vol. 1 by Daniel Way was assumed to be this by the vast majority due to the complete and utter lack of any references to it outside of a minor (bordering on EasterEgg) one in the ContinuityCavalcade featured in an issue of ''New Avengers''.



* DeusExMachina: In ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #23, thirty years of character development are undone in less than three pages [[spoiler:when the symbiote hive mind purges the Venom symbiote of its hatred and bloodlust, instantly removing the EnemyWithin[=/=]SuperPoweredEvilSide dynamic between Flash and the symbiote, any future conflicts with Toxin over Flash's potential loss of control over the Venom symbiote, as well as the symbiote's vendetta against Spider-Man]]. The intent behind this was to appeal to new fans who have no knowledge whatsoever of Venom's thirty-year history as a villain, only know of the Flash Thompson incarnation of the character, and perceive him as simply being a "good guy with a super cool costume that can do amazing things".

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* DeusExMachina: In ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #23, thirty years of character development are undone in less than three pages [[spoiler:when when the symbiote hive mind purges the Venom symbiote of its hatred and bloodlust, instantly removing the EnemyWithin[=/=]SuperPoweredEvilSide dynamic between Flash and the symbiote, any future conflicts with Toxin over Flash's potential loss of control over the Venom symbiote, as well as the symbiote's vendetta against Spider-Man]].Spider-Man. The intent behind this was to appeal to new fans who have no knowledge whatsoever of Venom's thirty-year history as a villain, only know of the Flash Thompson incarnation of the character, and perceive him as simply being a "good guy with a super cool costume that can do amazing things".



* FangsAreEvil: Most incarnations of Venom manifest a [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily huge mouth full of pointy teeth]], especially when the symbiote takes over its host. It didn't have fangs when it first bonded to Peter because Peter wasn't evil (neither was the symbiote before the retcon). Mac Gargan as the Sinister Spider-Man, Flash as Agent Venom, also had smooth masks as long as they keep the symbiote under control, although they could form toothy jaws at will to either scare or eat opponents. [[ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan SpOck]] as Superior Venom had a few fangs protruding from his mask, but the mouth itself remained closed until he started losing control of the symbiote.

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* FangsAreEvil: Most incarnations of Venom manifest a [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily huge mouth full of pointy teeth]], especially when the symbiote takes over its host. It didn't have fangs when it first bonded to Peter because Peter wasn't evil (neither was the symbiote before the retcon). Mac Gargan as the Sinister Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Flash as Agent Venom, Venom also had smooth masks as long as they keep the symbiote under control, although they could form toothy jaws at will to either scare or eat opponents. [[ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan SpOck]] as Superior Venom had a few fangs protruding from his mask, but the mouth itself remained closed until he started losing control of the symbiote.



** During his stint as Anti-Venom, Eddie Brock had his head [[BoomHeadshot blown apart]] by a gunshot from ComicBook/ThePunisher. He promptly reconstituted his head and attacked Frank Castle in a rage, only further fuelled by Castle's willingness to shoot through [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Jenna Cole]] to kill a drug dealer.

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** During his stint as Anti-Venom, Eddie Brock had his head [[BoomHeadshot blown apart]] with a shotgun by a gunshot from ComicBook/ThePunisher. He promptly reconstituted his head and attacked Frank Castle in a rage, only further fuelled by Castle's willingness to shoot through [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Jenna Cole]] to kill a drug dealer.



** Cletus Kasady recovered from a lobotomy that left him in a comatose state as well as being torn in half by the Sentry thanks to his symbiote, and regrew his entire head after having it blown off by a shotgun..

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** Cletus Kasady recovered from a lobotomy that left him in a comatose state as well as state, apparently regrew the lower half of his body over several months after being torn in half by the Sentry thanks to his symbiote, and regrew his entire head in seconds after having it blown off by a shotgun..shotgun.



* IconicOutfit: The symbiote's most famous look is the one it sported when it was bonded to Eddie Brock, especially when drawn by Mark Bagley, who was the main ''SpiderMan'' artist during the 1990's. Even [[LegacyCharacter Mac Gargan and Flash Thompson]], who have their own unique designs as Venom, have been drawn with Eddie's "classic" Venom look {{depending on the artist}}.

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* IconicOutfit: The symbiote's most famous look is the one it sported when it was bonded to Eddie Brock, especially when drawn by Mark Bagley, who was the main ''SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' artist during the 1990's. Even [[LegacyCharacter Mac Gargan and Flash Thompson]], who have their own unique designs as Venom, have been drawn with Eddie's "classic" Venom look {{depending on the artist}}.



* LovecraftianSuperpower: In their current iterations, the symbiotes may as well be parasitic shoggoths.
* MonstrousHumanoid: The symbiotes both cover and transform their hosts' bodies, giving them huge mouths lined with fangs, claws on their fingers (and occasionally toes), and the ability to project pseudopods and transform their limbs into simple weaponry.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: In their current iterations, More visceral depictions of the symbiotes may as well be parasitic shoggoths.
shoggoths; writhing, amorphous masses of teeth and tentacles devouring everything they come across.
* MonstrousHumanoid: The symbiotes both cover and transform their hosts' bodies, usually giving them huge mouths lined with fangs, claws on their fingers (and occasionally toes), and the ability to project pseudopods and transform their limbs into simple weaponry.



* MusclesAreMeaningful: The symbiote significantly bulks its host up, although Flash's default form is more HeroicBuild. In an early appearance Brock mentions that the suit amplifies his own strength, so if the host gets stronger, Venom becomes exponentially stronger. This is more evident with Mac Gargan, whose strength was amplified from 15 tons to 60 tons by the symbiote.

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* MusclesAreMeaningful: The symbiote significantly bulks its host up, although Flash's default form is as Agent Venom was more HeroicBuild. In an early appearance Brock mentions that the suit amplifies his own strength, so if the host gets stronger, Venom becomes exponentially stronger. This is more evident with Mac Gargan, whose strength was amplified from 15 tons to 60 tons by the symbiote.



* {{Retcon}}
** The symbiote was changed from being a snazzy new costume to an alien parasite due to its unpopularity, and when Spider-Man's rejection of it because it was alive made him seem like too much of an asshole that was retconned into the suit slowly turning him evil. In the mid-1990's it was given an addiction to phenethylamine, which in the 2000's was changed to an addiction to adrenaline, but was forgotten about after Eddie separated from the symbiote. Nowadays the symbiotes - all of them - seem to have a hankering for flesh in general.
** Eddie himself was given terminal adrenal cancer, changing both the explanation for why he wanted to kill himself and why the symbiote bonded to him. In ''Lethal Protector'' Eddie was given a fairly sympathetic backstory, but ''Dark Origin'' turned him into a pathological liar who deserved his humiliation and comeuppance. The only details kept the same was Eddie's father blaming him for his mother's death, him being a journalist and Ann Weying a lawyer, and the symbiote bonding to him in a church, to the point where [[http://4thletter.net/2008/09/venoms-shiny-new-origin-if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it/ a critical reviewer]] wondered if the writer and artist had done nothing more than consult Venom's [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]] page for research due to the sheer number of {{Series Continuity Error}}s present in it.

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* {{Retcon}}
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** The symbiote was changed from being a snazzy new costume to an alien parasite due to its unpopularity, and when Spider-Man's rejection of it because it was alive made him seem like too much of an asshole that was retconned into the suit slowly turning him evil. In the mid-1990's it was given an addiction to phenethylamine, which in the 2000's was changed to an addiction to adrenaline, but was forgotten about after Eddie separated from the symbiote. Nowadays the symbiotes - almost all of them - seem to have a hankering for flesh in general.
** Eddie himself was given terminal adrenal cancer, changing both the explanation for why he wanted to kill himself and why the symbiote bonded to him. In ''Lethal Protector'' Eddie was given a fairly sympathetic backstory, but ''Dark Origin'' turned him into a pathological liar who deserved his humiliation and comeuppance. The only details kept the same was were Eddie's father blaming him for his mother's death, him being a journalist and Ann Weying a lawyer, and the symbiote bonding to him in a church, to the point where [[http://4thletter.net/2008/09/venoms-shiny-new-origin-if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it/ a critical reviewer]] wondered if the writer and artist had done nothing more than consult Venom's [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]] page for research due to the sheer number of {{Series Continuity Error}}s present in it.



** Most recently is a retcon that, at first glance, appears to throw out almost ''all'' the previously established lore regarding symbiotes: [[spoiler:before becoming a species of intergalactic predatory parasites as established in the original ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' arc, they were benevolent symbionts that transform their host into noble warriors and paragons of justice intended to protect their homeworlds, but unworthy hosts like Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, and Cletus Kasady can corrupt them into the predatory monsters most are familiar with]]. The reason given for this retcon is particularly grating, however, since it insinuates that ViewersAreGoldfish at best and ViewersAreMorons at worst.

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** Most recently is ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' introduced a retcon that, at first glance, appears to throw out almost ''all'' the previously established lore regarding symbiotes: [[spoiler:before becoming a species of intergalactic predatory parasites as established in the original ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' arc, they were most symbiotes are benevolent symbionts that and transform their host hosts into noble warriors and paragons of justice intended to protect their homeworlds, but unworthy the cosmos. Unworthy hosts like Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, and Cletus Kasady can corrupt them into the predatory monsters most are familiar with]].with, which led to the establishment of the intergalactic empire of predatory parasites established in the original ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' arc. The reason given for this retcon is particularly grating, however, since it insinuates that ViewersAreGoldfish at best and ViewersAreMorons at worst.



* SoldierVsWarrior: The benevolent symbiotes are the soldiers, who bond with worthy hosts to create paragons of justice. The corrupted symbiotes are the warriors, spreading throughout the cosmos like a disease and conquering whatever they come across.

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* SoldierVsWarrior: The benevolent symbiotes are the soldiers, who bond with worthy hosts to create paragons of justice.justice called Guardians of the Cosmos. The corrupted symbiotes are the warriors, spreading throughout the cosmos like a disease and conquering whatever they come across.



* WalkingWasteland: The Minimum Carnage arc establishes a symbiote invasion of the Microverse where, like a true eldritch abomination, their presence rotted everything like a cancer on spacetime. They're presence was even a threat to the [[CosmicEntity Uni-Power]]. The species are known as "The Corrupter" because of this.

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* WalkingWasteland: The Minimum Carnage ''Minimum Carnage'' arc establishes a symbiote invasion of that the Microverse where, like symbiotes once tried to invade the Microverse. Like a true eldritch abomination, their presence rotted everything they touched, like a cancer on spacetime. They're presence spacetime, and was even a threat to the [[CosmicEntity Uni-Power]]. The species are is known as "The Corrupter" because of this.
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* WalkingWasteland: The Minimum Carnage arc establishes a symbiote invasion of the Microverse where, like a true eldritch abomination, their presence rotted everything like a cancer on spacetime. They're presence was even a threat to the [[CosmicEntity Uni-Power]]. The species are known as "The Corrupter" because of this.
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* LostInImitation: The idea that the symbiote was turning Peter evil as part of its efforts to merge with him stems from the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'' cartoon, and was promptly adopted into the comics due to the fact that the initial depiction of the seperation kind of made Peter look like the bad guy.

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* LostInImitation: The idea that the symbiote was turning Peter evil as part of its efforts to merge with him stems from the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' cartoon, and was promptly adopted into the comics due to the fact that the initial depiction of the seperation kind of made Peter look like the bad guy.
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* Various plans were considered to make a movie featuring Venom in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries'', either by himself, shared with Carnage, or as part of ''Film/SinisterSix'' (as either a member of the protagonists or the villain); but all these plans were cancelled when Sony pulled the plug on the franchise in favor of integration with the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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* Various plans were considered to make a movie featuring Venom in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries'', either by himself, shared with Carnage, or as part of ''Film/SinisterSix'' (as either a member of the protagonists or the villain); but all these plans were cancelled when Sony pulled the plug on the franchise in favor of integration with the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
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** ''Marvel vs. DC:'' Venom makes a single panel cameo confronting Franchise/{{Batman}}.

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