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Venom proved such a popular character that dozens of alternate versions of the character and its hosts have appeared across Marvel's Multiverse. Here is a list of some of the numerous alternate incarnations of Venom:
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    Symbiote Punisher 
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Universe: Earth-92164
Debut: What If? Vol. 2 #44

  • Fighting from the Inside: After the symbiote takes over, Castle struggles internally with it and eventually forces it to submit to him.
  • For Want of a Nail: The universe he hales from starts off as identical to Earth-616 except for a minor detail being changed - in this case Frank Castle finds the symbiote in the Our Lady of Saints church, and leaves just as Eddie Brock arrives to commit suicide.
  • Sociopathic Hero: To an even greater degree than the already Unscrupulous Hero his mainstream counterpart is, since he succeeds in killing Tombstone and the Kingpin. After he gains control of the symbiote, the other heroes are leery and designate him a Necessary Evil at best.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: He may be wearing the Venom symbiote, but he's still the Punisher, guns and all.
  • Taking You with Me: Frank threatens to kill himself and the symbiote if he isn't given control.
  • Winged Humanoid: Castle forms wings out of the symbiote's biomass, enabling him to fly - or at least glide.

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    Venom 2099 

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AKA: Kron Stone
Universe: Earth-928
Debut: The Punisher 2099 #1; Spider-Man 2099 #35 (as Venom 2099)

"As I live and breathe... or whatever it is... I do... Miguel O'Hara... and Tyler Stone... together again. We... I get to kill you... at the same time... how awfully... awfully... considerate. To show my appreciation... I'll kill you slowly."

Kron Stone, the son of Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone and unknowingly the older half-brother of Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. As a child, Stone was a bully and thug who took delight in tormenting his half-sibling, and as an adult he became a Serial Killer and murdered the family of Jake Gallows. In retaliation to Kron walking with only a minor fine, Gallows took up the mantle of The Punisher and fatally stabbed him before dumping him in the sewers. Dying, Kron brushed against the Venom symbiote, which had laid dormant for nearly a century, and it bonded to and took over him. As Venom, Kron was bestowed with powers beyond those Eddie Brock had possessed, and used them to torment Miguel, even going so far as to murder his Love Interest Dana, but was ultimately defeated when Miguel used the city's speakers to amplify a sonic blast. Venom was taken in for study and the symbiote was separated from its host, but escaped and bonded to Roman the Sub-Mariner, escaping into the ocean. In the Timestorm 2009-2099 crossover event, an alternate version of Kron Stone is transformed into the 2099 equivalent of the Scorpion by a time flux caused by Jake Gallows and his own father.


  • '80s Hair: Kron had an... interesting haircut.
  • Abusive Parents: Tyler Stone had nothing but disdain for Kron. Upon noticing him in captivity, Tyler promised to have him executed once he regained control of Alchemax.
  • Alternate Self: The Kron Stone in Timestorm became a monstrous version of the Scorpion. Shattered Dimensions lampshades this by positing that they're either the same person or Kron Stone is a really common name in 2099.
  • Ashes to Crashes: Upon being given what were assumed to be Kron's ashes, Tyler flushed them down the toilet.
  • Ax-Crazy: The symbiote bonding to him actually seemed to make Kron slightly less of a homicidal maniac.
  • Badass Abnormal: When last seen, the symbiote had bonded to Roman the Sub-Mariner, an already extremely powerful New Atlantean, and one who happens to hate all surface life. Oh crap.
  • Barbaric Bully: He bullied Miguel when they were kids, and he only got worse with each passing year.
  • Big Brother Bully: Though he and Miguel didn't know they shared DNA.
  • Blob Monster: Can become amorphous at will, and travel through plumbing.
  • Bloody Murder: He has Hollywood Acid for body fluids.
  • The Bus Came Back: Miguel's 2015 series has him being flung into an alternate, Mordor-like version of 2099, and guess who the first person he runs into there is?
    Venom: How you doing, little bro? I have some friends who would love to meet you.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Miguel O'Hara's Abel.
  • The Cameo: Venom 2099 is included in the Continuity Cavalcade shown in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, #23
  • Chest Insignia: Notably, it's not attached to the rest of the suit, instead dangling from white strands.
  • Deflector Shields: When confronted by the new Punisher, he employed a personal force field that rendered all firearms and fast-moving projectiles useless. The Punisher knifed him.
  • Depower: Kron was separated from the symbiote, which would go on to run off with Roman.
  • Evil Evolves: The symbiote mutated over the course of a century, giving Kron enhanced abilities.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After the depowered Kron was captured, Miguel made him a deal; beat me in a fight, and I'll let you go, but if I win, you tell me all about how you became Venom. Miguel mopped the floor with Kron, and continued to do so even after Kron had cried uncle.
  • Faking the Dead: Kron melted a vagrant down to a skeleton, and left his I.D. on the body.
  • Freudian Excuse: Kron claimed his family never loved him, leaving a robot to care for him but never bothering to program it, causing it to default to veterinarian mode.
    Kron: Do you know what it's like to be fitted with a collar, live in a kennel, and be fed on dog meat?!
    Jake: No, but I know what it's like to have your family butchered by a crazy with a sob story.
  • Guns Akimbo: With machine guns, no less.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The caretaker robot thought he was a dog.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The premise of the variant covers of his arc.
  • Human All Along: Miguel is shocked to discover a human underneath the goo, considering all of the powers Venom 2099 had previously displayed, like reshaping after being reduced to a puddle.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Kron wiped out Jake Gallows's relatives, but left Jake alive, reasoning that since Jake was no longer a member of a family, he didn't have a beef with him anymore.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The Kron Stone of the Civil War 2099 universe somehow still became Venom even though that world's version of Jake Gallows is still a Public Eye officer and not the Punisher, and it's mentioned that his family is still alive.
  • Kick the Dog: Does everything in his power to torment Miguel, and there's also how he acts while being tried for the murder of the Gallows family.
    Kron: Jake! Good to see you... glad you could make it...
    Judge: Kron Stone, you are sentenced to a fine of 2.2 mega dollars and micro brain surgery to cure your anti-social behavior.
    Kron: Human life—cheap, isn't it? I paid more for this suit.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Being a humanoid blob of acidic gunk, most attacks were either harmlessly absorbed, or passed right through him.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Venom 2099 is blue instead of black, has glowing red eyes, a bone-white face, a claw protruding from his ankle, and detached webbing in place of legs on his spider emblems.
  • Obviously Evil: While almost all of the Venoms look menacing, this one is further augmented by glowing red eyes, and a face that looks like a skull.
  • Patricide: The first thing on Kron's to-do list after resurfacing as Venom was killing his father, Tyler.
  • Purple Is the New Black: As Venom he is dark blue rather than black.
  • Raised by Robots: His parents left him in the care of one that thought he was a dog.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red eyes.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The Punisher's first villain became one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes.
  • Sadist: A textbook example of The Sociopath, as he was murderous even as a child.
    Miguel: You're... a monster. Human or not... alien or not... you're a monster.
  • Sadistic Choice: Tried to make Miguel choose between Dana and Xina.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: As Miguel discovered when the wounded symbiote retracted.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: If you're rich and/or well-connected in the 2099 Verse, you can get away with anything, regardless of how heinous.
  • Serial Killer: Predates Mac Gargan in this respect.
  • Smug Snake: First due to his essentially limitless wealth, and then due to acquiring superpowers.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His tongue had spines on it.
  • Teens Are Monsters: While still in school, Kron (among other things) attempted to drown Miguel, and tried to rape a girl at knifepoint.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: Kron was this for The Punisher 2099, who in turn caused his transformation into Venom. Ironically, the two never encountered each other again after becoming supers.
  • We Will Meet Again: The parting words of "Venom the Sub-Mariner":
    Roman: Rue this day, Alchemax! Dread the future, O'Hara! We return to our ocean home! But someday, we shall finish what we have begun! Enjoy the rest of 2099, O'Hara, for you will not see 2100.
  • White Mask of Doom: Unlike most incarnations of Venom, the Venom 2099's face is white.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As Kron he is a serial killer with white hair.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was about to massacre an amusement park when the Punisher caught up with him.

    Pork Grind 

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AKA: Pork Grind
Universe: Earth-8311
Debut: What The—?! #20

  • The Ahnold: Pork Grind is an Affectionate Parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, being extremely muscular and speaking in a thick Austrian accent.
  • Full-Boar Action: He's an anthropomorphic boar with spider-powers, although whether he's bonded to Earth-8311's version of the Venom symbiote is unclear.
  • Funny Animal: Like the other inhabitants of Earth-8311, he's an anthropomorphic animal.
  • Pig Man: Like Spider-Ham, he's an anthropomorphic pig... except Pork Grind is massively bigger and has tusks.
  • Toon Physics: Pork Grind studied at Toon U in order to learn how to fight using cartoon physics.

    Venom (Earth X

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AKA: May "Mayday" Parker
Universe: Earth-9997
Debut: Earth X #1

"You don't have me, dad. Maybe mom thought you shouldn't be a hero, but I don't."

In a world where Everyone is a Super due to the release of a mutagen called the Terrigan Mist, May Parker has taken over for her cynical, retired father as New York's resident web-slinger. At some point in her past, May became bonded to the Venom symbiote, which sought to use her to take revenge on Peter Parker, but ended up subjugating it and becoming Venom, which further alienated her and her father. May attempted to stop the psychic supervillain the Skull from taking over New York City, but was subdued by his bodyguard/lover Iron Maiden and subjugated to the Skull's mind control, becoming his "lady". May was freed from the Skull's mind control by her father, who came out of retirement, and Captain America, who killed the Skull, and joined the NYPD alongside her father at Luke Cage's request.

When her father was sent to capture a being known as "Spiders Man", who was capable of spinning illusion-enducing energy webs and was working for the Church of Immortus, Venom went looking for him and found him ensnared in Spiders Man's illusions. Tapping into Peter's dream world, she was outraged to find he'd constructed a fantasy world where he had married Gwen Stacy and had a son named Ben. Forcing her father to face reality and come to terms with his life, Venom helped take Spiders Man into custody, and subsequently helped stop the Church of Immortus from dousing the Human Torch, a reactor created to purify the air of the Terrigan Mist, in New York. Venom eventually encountered an alternate version of herself from Earth-1122, who had come to warn Peter Parker about the threat of entities called the Celestials. Venom and Spider-Girl initially fought, but after learning they were Alternate Selves they came to regard each other as sisters. Later, Venom accompanied her father to quell a disturbance at the Baxter Building caused by denizens of the Negative Zone, and it was discovered that Captain Marvel had created an afterlife called Paradise in the depths of the Zone and was seeking to kill Death, to which end he had reincarnated several deceased heroes and villains as the Avenging Host. Venom was forced to retreat from the Negative Zone as her world was consumed by the expansion of Paradise. Krang the Conquerer rescues her from being sucked into the expanding vortex and recruits her into the Chronos Corps, his team of heroes and villains from doomed universes, in order to stop the Apocalypse Twins. May helps the team in their attack on Eimin Worthington, and takes down the resurrected Banshee herself.


  • Alternate Self: To the various other May Parkers in the multiverse. She even meets one of them and they become Lovely Angels for a time.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: May's relationship with her father became strained after MJ's death due to cancer, and worsened when she bonded to the Venom symbiote. It only improved after they joined the NYPD together.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Was mind-controlled by the Skull, who took her as his lover.
  • The Bus Came Back: Despite having not appeared since Paradise X in 2003, she returns in 2013's Uncanny Avenger's #14.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When she sees her father's ideal reality is one where she never existed and he had a son named Ben, May really lays into him.
  • Going Commando: May is naked under the symbiote, and uses its shapeshifting ability in lieu of clothing.
  • Heroic BSoD: After seeing the Lotus-Eater Machine that her father was placed in by Spiders Man.
    May: You had... a son. That's what you wanted. You didn't want mom. And you didn't want me.
  • Heroic Host: May is host to the Venom symbiote, but it is subservient to her.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Peter correctly predicts that his May and the alternate May will fight, then reconcile and become friends.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tries to beat Spiders Man to death after he shows her what her father always wanted, coming close to caving his head in with a spiked mace before Peter stops her.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her color scheme is more reminiscent of Carnage than Venom.
  • No-Sell: The symbiote made her immune to Spiders Man's illusions.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Peter thinks the symbiote is controlling his daughter in an effort to get to him - which, granted, was the reason it bonded to her in the first place - and refused to believe May's insistence that it's been reformed.
  • Sole Survivor: Seems to be this of the Earth X universe, although Kang has stated that he could restore it in exchange for her help.
  • Spider-Sense: Doubles as an Enemy-Detecting Radar, similar to Matt Murdock's echolocation.
  • Super Cop: She is an NYPD officer with superpowers.
  • Symbiotic Possession: The symbiote initially wanted to take over May, but it was subjugated by her instead.
  • Tainted Veins: May's face is covered in pronounced black veins when she retracts the symbiote, and her costume is covered in blood-red vein-like markings.
  • Wingdinglish: The symbiote speaking is at one point represented by a word bubble containing what looks like a spiral.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: In Earth-9997 the symbiotes are metaphysical lifeforms created by the Celestials, and their appearance and abilities are sustained by belief. Since Peter believed the machine the symbiote was contained in was a costume dispenser, the symbiote became a living costume with powers that mimicked those of Spider-Man's equipment. It's implied that it could become even more powerful if it became aware of this facet of its existence.

    Venom (Animated Series) 

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AKA: Eddie Brock
Universe: Earth-92131
Debut: Spider-Man: The Animated Series Season 1 Episode 1 (as Eddie Brock); Season 1 Episode 9 (as Venom)
Voiced by: Hank Azaria

"There is no Eddie Brock! And there is no symbiote! Only... Venom!"

An unscrupulous and selfish reporter determined to get a Pulitzer, Eddie Brock was tasked by J. Jonah Jameson to find evidence of the Lizard. Upon discovering the Lizard was Dr. Curtis Connors, Eddie was discovered taking pictures by Spider-Man, who smashed his camera and humiliated Eddie by leaving him dangling from a lamp post. When Eddie brought Jameson and the police to the Connors' house to expose him as a monster, he was further humiliated when the door was answered by a fully human Dr. Connors. Brock was given a second chance when Jameson tasked him with unmasking Spider-Man, but bungled it when he mistook a costumed Flash Thompson for the real thing. Fired from the Bugle for inaccurate reporting and unprofessionalism, Eddie blamed Spider-Man, but was able to acquire a job at another news outlet. This was short-lived when Alistair Smythe sent a Spider-Slayer after him and Brock was blamed for the ensuing devastation. Blaming Spider-Man, Brock attempted to exploit Jameson's hatred of the wall-crawler by framing him for the theft of Prometheum X, a newly discovered mineral that could be converted into a powerful explosive. When the truth was revealed, however, Brock was again fired and returned to his apartment see he was being evicted. Spider-Man saved Eddie from being assassinated by the Shocker, and followed J. Jonah Jameson to the hostage exchange for his son. Eddie tried to attack Spider-Man during his fight with the Shocker, but was contemptuously webbed up. After Spider-Man rejected the symbiotic black costume, realizing it was turning him into a monster, it immediately bonded to Brock, transforming him into Venom.

As Venom, Eddie easily defeated Spider-Man and attempted to expose his identity to the public, but was lured to the launch site of Jameson's satellite. The sound of the thrusters weakened the symbiote, which Spider-Man webbed to the side of the shuttle, and Eddie was sent to the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. Eddie fell in love with his psychiatrist, Dr. Ashley Kafka, who dismissed his claims of being Venom and the existence of the symbiote as delusional products of his hatred for Spider-Man. Baron Mordo, servant of the demon Dormammu, recalled the satellite to Earth and offered to return the symbiote to Eddie in exchange for his service. Eddie agreed and the symbiote was returned to him, but when he failed to steal a portal machine developed by Tony Stark, Mordo was forced to recruit Eddie's neighbor, the madman Cletus Kasady, giving him the Venom symbiote's offspring and turning him into Carnage. Eddie's growing feelings for Dr. Kafka led him to turn his back on Mordo and eventually reject the symbiote, but when Ashley was abducted by Carnage he became Venom once more to save her. Venom sacrificed himself in order to stop Dormammu from escaping and close the portal between worlds, taking Carnage with him.

See the Spider-Man: The Animated Series characters page for more information.


    Venom (Unlimited) 

AKA: Eddie Brock
Universe: Earth-751263/Earth-7831
Debut: Spider-Man Unlimited Episode 1 ("Worlds Apart, Part One")
Voiced by: Brian Drummond

Eddie Brock was an unscrupulous reporter working for the Daily Bugle, covering the story of John Jameson's trip into space. When Spider-Man rid himself of the symbiote, Eddie, who had been webbed up nearby, became its next host, clashing with Spider-Man repeatedly before being taken into SHIELD custody. While escaping prison, Venom bonded a portion of his symbiote to the serial killer Cletus Kasady, turning him into Carnage, and the two became a monstrous team, though over the years the symbiote took complete control of Eddie's body. Together with Carnage, Venom attacked John Jameson's shuttle to Counter-Earth, augmented and guided by an entity they called the Synoptic. On Counter-Earth, Venom and Carnage began working to further the Synoptic's goal of conquering Counter-Earth with symbiotes, at times working with the High Evolutionary, but most often against both him and Spider-Man.

Eddie was separated from the symbiote by the High Evolutionary's forces, who wanted to study and dissect the alien. Spider-Man reluctantly took Eddie to Dr. Yamada-Jones, who revealed that without the symbiote he would die. Eddie demanded Spider-Man retrieve the alien, threatening to reveal his secret identity, and Spider-Man tracked it down to a laboratory. Discovering it was dying without a host, he reluctantly allowed it to bond to him. In the clinic, Eddie slowly reconnected with his humanity and befriended Dr. Yamada-Jones' son, Shane, deciding to die as a human rather than become a monster again. Carnage, having sensed something was wrong, attacked just as Spider-Man arrived, and Brock re-bonded to the symbiote to protect his new friends. He remained in control just long enough to get Carnage out of the clinic before the symbiote reasserted control.

See the Spider-Man Unlimited characters page for more information.

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    Mangaverse Venom 

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AKA: Venom
Universe: Earth-2301
Debut: Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man #1

Born to Shinji and May Reilly of the Spider Clan, Venom was injured by the poison arrows of the Shadow Clan when they came for his Aunt Kiri, his skin turning blue. Trained by Ben Parker in the ways of the shinobi, Venom eventually defected to the Shadow Clan and became its greatest warrior. Under orders from the Kingpin, the leader of the Kuji Kuri crime syndicate, he killed Ben but spared his cousin Peter, not seeing him as a threat. Ordered to finish the job, Venom sent assassins after Peter, who defeated them but lost to Venom himself, only being saved by the Hulk's intervention. Killing the Kingpin, Venom assumed control of the Kuji Kuri and, when Peter was in danger of being consumed by the curse of a Shadow Clan amulet he'd acquired, sacrificed himself to fulfil his life-debt to Peter. Under mysterious circumstances, Venom returned with full control of the amulet's powers and assumed leadership of the Spider-Clan, becoming Peter's sensei. A year after Peter left the Spider-Clan to start a new life with Mary Jane, Venom learned of an interdimensional war involving the Spider-Totems and sent his cousin a warning to stay out of it. Peter misinterpreted the warning and was determined to join the conflict, so Venom resolved to kill Peter himself. Easily trouncing his cousin, Venom was stopped from killing him by several other Spider-Totems, who webbed him up.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has blue-grey skin due to being poisoned with spider-venom as a child.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Shadow Clan amulet he took from Peter is the Mangaverse equivalent of the symbiote, and Venom can use its power without the usual drawbacks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed himself to save Peter from the cursed Shadow Clan amulet, repaying his life debt. He later reappeared with control over the Amulet's powers, and when asked how responded with You Do NOT Want to Know.
  • Instant Armor: He can draw on the cursed amulet's power to encase himself in monstrous samurai armor.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: When transformed, can turn his arms into multiple tentacles or blades when using the Amulet's power.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is the son of Aunt May and her first husband, and thus Peter's biological cousin and sort-of brother.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Drawing on the amulet's power gives him an enormous fang-studded mouth.
  • Ninja: He was a member of the Shadow Clan before joining the Spider Clan.
  • No Name Given: His birth name is unknown, possibly even to him. But seeing as how the Mangaverse kept most names the same, it isn't too out there to assume it's Eddie, or some variation thereof.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When the Inheritors' Great Hunt began, Venom sent a warning to Peter to stay away from the Spider Clan's temple, in the form of a black-and-white spider that bit his hand. Peter, having just had a vision of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May telling him to fight, misinterpreted this warning and did exactly the opposite. Venom then decided that if Peter was going to be that boneheaded, he may as well kill him himself.
  • Ronin: His occupation before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has white tattoos that invoke spider-legs.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Pulls this with Peter during the Spider-Verse, but is webbed up.

    Ultimate Venom 

First

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AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr.
Universe: Earth-1610
Debut: Ultimate Spider-Man #33; Ultimate Spider-Man #37 (as Venom)

"It needs you — it needs you to survive. It needs you more than me!! I can't do it alone. It needs you... this is all your fault."

Hoping to create a cure for cancer and other diseases, Edward Brock Sr. and Richard Parker began work on the Venom Project, developing a viscous black fluid designed to encase and enhance the wearer's body. Having run out of funding, they turned to Trask Industries, who financed their research into the project's second stage. However, when military applications for the Suit became apparent, Trask seized their "Symbiote Effect" research, intending to weaponize it. During the ensuing legal battle, Richard and Edward and their wives were killed in a plane crash, orphaning their sons Peter and Eddie Jr. While Peter was sent to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Eddie was put into foster care. As a college student, Eddie uncovered their notes and a sample of the Venom Suit, and continued their work hoping to finish it. When Peter contacted him, Eddie showed him the sample, proclaiming it to be their inheritance. While Eddie went out on a date with Gwen Stacy, Peter, furious over how Trask Industries had stolen his father's research, snuck into the lab to take some of the sample for his own research. Peter accidentally spilled a drop on his hand, which enveloped his body in a jet-black bio-suit that amplified all of his powers. Overjoyed with his new invulnerability and augmented powers, Peter stopped a kidnapping and took down the Shocker. After witnessing a robbery gone wrong that reminded him of his Uncle's murder, Peter was overwhelmed by rage, transforming into a monstrous creature and nearly devouring the robber before coming to his senses. Unable to control the Venom Suit even with his powers and genetic link to Richard, whose DNA the sample had been synchronized to, Peter accidentally leapt into telephone wires and the resulting surge of electricity destroyed the Suit.

After being turned down by Gwen, Eddie saw a televised broadcast of Spider-Man wearing the black costume. Thinking Peter had betrayed him and that Spider-Man had stolen their parents' legacy, Eddie returned to the lab to find a battered and injured Peter in the middle of stealing the sample. Peter revealed to Eddie that he was Spider-Man, and warned him that in its incomplete state the Venom Suit inflicted its wearer with uncontrollable bloodlust and hunger. Unable to stop Peter from destroying the sample, Eddie waited until he had left before taking a second specimen and deliberately exposing himself to it. Eddie immediately lost control and transformed into a horrifying monster called Venom, discovering the hard way that the Venom Suit consumed incompatible hosts from the inside out, forcing them to continually devour other living organisms to stay alive.

Eddie, compelled by the suit's genetic memories of Peter and his own hatred, attacked him at school and tried to devour him, but their brawl was interrupted when Venom stepped on a broken power line. Eddie vanished for some time, later revealed to have been hiding in Central Park and feeding off random bystanders. Curt Connors used a leftover sample of the Venom Project, as well as trace remnants of the suit left in Peter's blood, as one of the ingredients in creating Carnage, a vampiric monster that killed Gwen Stacy. Captured by the Wild Pack - mercenaries hired by Trask Industries, Eddie was forced let Trask study and attempt to remove the symbiote, but a Latverian supersoldier called the Beetle interrupted and tried to obtain a sample of the suit by force. During the ensuing brawl with Spider-Man, the Beetle, and the Wild Pack, the Venom Suit left Eddie and bonded to Peter, briefly taking over him before being removed by the Ultimates and seized by S.H.I.E.L.D. Having grown addicted to the Suit's power, Eddie attempted to threaten Peter into retrieving it, but the reborn Carnage intervened and in the ensuing fight the particles of the Venom Suit within Eddie reformed. Venom eventually gained the upper hand against Carnage and assimilated it, transforming into an even more monstrous form and regurgitating Carnage's host, a clone of Gwen Stacy. Venom retreated, but was captured by the Beetle and taken to Latveria.

See the Ultimate Spiderman characters page for more information.


Second

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AKA: Conrad Marcus
Universe: Earth-1610
Debut: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #1; Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #16.1 (as Venom)

A former Oscorp employee who jumped ship to Roxxon as a biochemist, Dr. Conrad Marcus became concerned that journalist Betty Brant would discover the connection between Oscorp and Spider-Man after she discovered the corpse of an OZ-mutated spider. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Marcus stole Roxxon's sample of the Venom Suit and used it to kill Betty. Learning that she had suspected Jefferson Davis of being the new Spider-Man, Conrad - as Venom - attacked and seriously injured Davis, but was fought off by Davis's son Miles Morales, the real second Spider-Man. Escaping, Marcus followed Davis to the hospital, realizing that the Venom suit was drawn to Spider-Man and wanted to either bond with or consume him. Rampaging through the hospital, Venom succeeding in devouring Spider-Man, who used his venom blasts to escape and separate the symbiote from its host. Marcus was then shot dead by police, but not before Miles's mother, Rio Morales, was fatally injured.

See the Ultimate Spiderman characters page for more information.


    Dusk 

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AKA: Norman "Normie" Harold Osborn
Universe: Earth-982
Debut: What If? Vol. 2, #105; Spider-Girl #82 (as Venom); Spider-Girl #90 (as Dusk)

"We are not Venom. They were the result of a union between the symbiote and man called Brock. We are unique. You need to get over past prejudices, May... and learn to trust us."

The son of Liz Allan and Harry Osborn, Normie Osborn held Peter Parker responsible for the deaths of his father and grandfather and took up the mantle of the Green Goblin to settle the score, prompting Peter's daughter Mayday to do the same and become Spider-Girl. As the third incarnation of the Green Goblin, Normie proved ineffective, losing not only to Mayday but to Peter, Phil Urich, and even to Mary Jane. When he finally caught his big break and captured May, she talked him into forsaking his ancestors' legacy and he reformed, becoming one of her allies. Oblivious to May's crush on him, he began dating Brenda "Raptor" Drago, the daughter of Blackie Drago, the second Vulture, but his repressed feelings for May and the arrival of a fiancée named Élan DeJunae strained that. Élan interrupted Normie's wedding to Brenda, forcibly bonding him to the Venom symbiote as a "wedding present", and the Venom-controlled Normie went berserk until being subdued by Mayday. Despite being urged to kill it, Normie opted to keep the symbiote, stating that if he could be redeemed then so could it.

With the symbiote, Normie set out to become a superhero, though he secretly instructed his secretary to have Spider-Girl kill him if he ever lost control. He was arrested for harbouring the alien by The Avengers, who assigned him to Kaine's squad for reformed supervillains after he stopped a rampaging War Machine. When Spider-Girl was mortally wounded by the Hobgoblin's Scriers, both Normie and the symbiote rampaged until they had killed or driven back their enemies. The symbiote then transferred itself to Spider-Girl in order to save her life and empower her, removing Normie's tattoos and scars - mementos of his time as the Green Goblin - as a parting gift, and sacrificed itself to protect her and Peter from the Hobgoblin.

The symbiote would briefly live on (in a way) through April "Mayhem" Parker, a clone created by Norman Osborn using DNA samples taken from it and Mayday.


    Poison 

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AKA: Peter Benjamin Parker
Universe: Earth-70134
Debut: What If?: Spider-Man The Other #1

"Venom? Venom was a hopeless loser. Venom didn't realize his full potential. Venom was a sad, lonely creature. I'm so much more now, but if you can't find it in your heart to call me Peter... then how about... Poison?"

In The Other, Spider-Man died saving his wife from Morlun, but was resurrected with enhanced powers by the Great Weaver. In What If? The Other, Peter vehemently rejects the Great Weaver's offer and kills it, leaving him in a coma. The Venom symbiote, languishing in prison with its then-current host Mac Gargan, senses Peter's predicament and abandons Gargan, taking over a prison guard and rushing to the bridge where Peter had cocooned himself. The symbiote ditches the guard and enters the cocoon, giving it a Darker and Edgier makeover and taking over Peter's body, crushing what little remained of his psyche in the process. The resulting being heads to Tony Stark's apartment, where Mary Jane and Aunt May are living, and introduces himself as Poison, offering to share his "love" with Mary Jane by bonding her to a symbiote. When she vehemently turns him down. Poison threatens to transform her by force and Wolverine and Luke Cage intervene, but Poison easily defeats them. To stop Poison from killing them, Mary Jane offers her body to him, but not her soul, promising to make their eternity together miserable. Poison then leaves and exhumes Gwen Stacy's body, resurrecting it with a red-and-black symbiote.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Poison is the Venom symbiote plus Peter Parker. What that equals was not really shown, but he did leave Mary Jane in peace when she refused him and spared Wolverine and Luke Cage at her request.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Off-panel, but Peter's psyche put up a fight against the symbiote that lasted several months. It lost.
    Uatu the Watcher: What follows then is a long, difficult, and terrifying confrontation. It does not occur overnight. No... It takes many months. Months of struggle on both a physical and psychic level - for Peter Parker has a determined, strong personality. It is said that in storytelling that it is preferable to show rather than to tell. But to show the slow, gradual destruction of the being known as Peter Parker... it would be too heartbreaking. I speak of these 'What Ifs' to educate... to bring you understanding of the many directions that choices can take you. Not to send you into spirals of depression, nor depict things so nightmarish that you will never have another full night's sleep, ever, if you bear witness to them. So take the word of Uatu, the Watcher, that it was a long and terrible battle, and ultimately... one that Peter Parker lost".
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Poison has the same wrist-mounted stingers Peter did following The Other, but has conscious control of them. They're even capable of penetrating Luke Cage's nigh-invlunerable skin.
  • Came Back Wrong: Poison is the Venom symbiote bonded to Peter's comatose/dead body. He can do this to people as well, as he threatens to do this to Mary Jane when she spurns him and resurrects Gwen Stacy in The Stinger.
  • Combat Tentacles: Like most incarnations of Venom, Poison can form tendrils to attack opponents,
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Wolverine and Luke Cage tried to stop Poison from talking to Mary Jane. It didn't end well... for them.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Poison dismisses "Venom'' as a weakling who couldn't comprehend the symbiote's true power.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to Uatu's narration, this is why the symbiote ditches Gargan, why Poison offers to turn Mary Jane into a symbiote-bonded monster, and why he resurrects Gwen Stacy as one when MJ scorns him.
  • Monster from Beyond the Veil: After his death at Morlun's hands, Peter rejected the Other of resurrection and his body was left in an incomplete state of metamorphosis. The Venom symbiote bonds with him, leading to him being "reborn" as Poison. He notes he could do the same for Mary Jane, but that she'd just be a mindless puppet controlled by him.
  • The Power of Love: The symbiote believes its resurrection of Peter was an act of "love and glory everlasting. A true blessing... the kind you pray for in church but never get." Lampshaded by the Watcher.
  • The Soulless: Peter's rejection of the Spider leaves him in this state, enabling the symbiote to finish off what's left.
  • Super Window Jump: How Poison gets into Stark's apartment.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Mary Jane an eternal life by his side... as a symbiotic monster. She refuses.
  • Yandere: The symbiote's desire for Peter is so strong it doesn't care that Peter is Only Mostly Dead. Furthermore, when MJ's response to his We Can Rule Together offer is "I'd rather be dead." His response?
    Poison: Dead's no problem. I can make that work.

    Zombie Venom 

AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock
Universe: Earth-2149
Debut: Marvel Zombies Vol. 1, #4

  • Alternate Self: Several alternate undead Venoms turn up in the Deadlands of Latverion.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Well... undead, since he's a zombie and all.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He dies from having a hole blasted through his chest, when later issues reveal that only the destruction of the brain can kill zombies.
  • Torso with a View: Spider-Man kills him by blasting a hole through his chest with the Power Cosmic, which works for some reason.
  • The Undead: He's a zombified version of Venom. The symbiote proves immune to the zombie virus, but is incompatible with an undead host, leaving it to starve to death.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The symbiote cannot live with a zombified host and is dying. Interestingly, alternate versions of Venom show up in Secret Wars without that limitation (though it's possible that the hosts were not yet decomposed enough to sicken their symbiotes, as a version of Carnage that appeared in the same series was shown to be so withered and dried out that he was almost totally incapable of moving).

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    Venom (Mini-Marvels) 

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AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock
Universe: Earth-99062
Debut: Spider-Man and Power Pack Vol. 2 #1

A reporter at the Daily Bugle, Eddie bonded to the Venom symbiote - a creature made of living ink - after it was rejected by Spider-Man and run over by a truck.


  • Animate Inanimate Object: The Mini-Marvels symbiote is living ink with a taste for brains.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The symbiote has a dry sense of humor and constantly grips about not deserving its bad rap.
  • Harmless Villain: Owing to the comedic nature of the series, Eddie's actually a nice guy and his attempts to be a villain are laughably pathetic.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Eddie is content to stand around chatting with Spider-Man and the symbiote.
  • Jagged Mouth: When speaking separately from Eddie, the Venom symbiote has a jagged mouth.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He does the symbiote's bidding, but he's a genuinely nice person.
  • Poke the Poodle: Eddie's attempts to satiate the symbiote's hunger are laughably pathetic, amounting to standing in line at a fast food restaurant and then ordering brains.
  • Scary Teeth: Eddie has a single, enormous tooth protruding from his lower jaw.
  • Super-Deformed: Like all the Mini-Marvels characters, he's drawn with a giant head and tiny body.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Spider-Man comes across him in line at a fast food restaurant, trying to order brains off the menu.

    Venom (Reign) 

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AKA: Edward Saks
Universe: Earth-70237
Debut: Spider-Man: Reign #1

Spider-Man: I never thought—
Venom: No, you didn't. How could the "World-Revolves-Around-My-Existence" Peter Parker!? I was lonely, Peter. So lonely. So finally, I made arrangements to have some friends over for dinner. And they are having you for dinner. All of you.

After Peter Parker quit being Spider-Man, Venom began preparing for his inevitable return, enlisting the Sinister Six, cloning the symbiote, and setting up a security system named "WEBB" to prevent people from escaping New York, all while posing as the mayor's aid, Edward Saks. Thirty-five years later, Peter was brought out of retirement and Venom confronted him, berating him for rejecting and abandoning the symbiote. Venom launches his symbiote clone invasion but, given a detonator by Sandman, Spider-Man triggers the bombs Venom implanted in the Sinister Six, killing him.


  • Big Bad: Venom is the main antagonist of Reign.
  • Clone Army: Venom creates an army of symbiote clones to take over the world when Spider-Man comes back.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: He and his clones try to eat Spider-Man, and one of the covers shows him doing so quite graphically.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Venom acted as the mayor's aid while secretly running the show.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Venom berates Peter for his callous rejection of the symbiote.

    Venom (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy) 

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AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr.
Universe: Earth-96283
Debut: Spider-Man 3
Played by: Topher Grace

"I like being bad. It makes me happy!"

Eddie Brock Jr. was a freelance photographer hired by the Bugle to take pictures of Spider-Man. and was looking to get the next big scoop so he could earn the cash to propose to his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. Eddie proved more than a nuisance to both the Bugle staff and Spider-Man, distracting the latter during a bank-robbery conducted by Sandman and accidentally enabling the villain to escape. Spider-Man, made more aggressive by a symbiote bonded to him, smashed Eddie's camera in retribution, but Eddie got his revenge by digitally editing one of Peter Parker's pictures to make it look like Spider-Man was robbing the bank instead. A livid Peter, under the influence of the symbiote, exposed him as a fraud and coldly rebuked Eddie's pleas for leniency with "You want forgiveness? Get religion." Eddie was unceremoniously fired, and later that evening came across Gwen on a date with Peter, not realizing Peter was using her to make his ex-girlfriend Mary Jane jealous. Consumed by despair, Eddie followed Peter's advice and went to a nearby church to pray for God to kill Peter Parker, not aware that Spider-Man had gone to the same church to purge himself of the symbiote. Hearing Spider-Man struggling to remove the parasite, Eddie came to investigate just in time to discover that Spider-Man was Peter and for the symbiote to land on him. Taken over by the symbiote, Eddie sought out Sandman and after a brief scuffle proposed a deal to take down Spider-Man once and for all. Eddie and Sandman worked together to lure Spider-Man into a trap by kidnapping Mary Jane, and easily gained the upper hand until Harry Osborn arrived to back Peter up. Eddie impaled Harry with his own glider, and a furious Peter weakened the symbiote using a set of pipes and ripped Eddie out, throwing one of Harry's pumpkin bombs into it as it tried to escape. Eddie, addicted to the symbiote's power, flung himself back into it and both he and the symbiote were killed in the resulting explosion.

See the Spider-Man Trilogy characters page for more information.


    Spider-Girl Blue/Mayhem 

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AKA: April Parker
Universe: Earth-982
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Girl #20

"This is my chance to forget about May. It's the only time I don't care which of us is the original. (Even though I'm still convinced she's my clone!) This is when April Parker truly comes into her own as—the merciless Mayhem!"

A clone of Spider-Girl bonded at a genetic level to a sample of the Venom symbiote, created by the Green Goblin. The clone was kept in stasis until it was found by Normie Osborn, who alerted Peter to its existence. During their analysis of the status fluid, the clone awakened and escaped, hunting down May and attacking her. May and her clone fought, demonstrating that while they were mostly identical there was one key difference: the clone was willing to kill people and May wasn't. Following Norman Osborn's final defeat, the clone was adopted by the Parker family at May's behest and despite Peter's protests, giving herself the name "April Parker". April enrolled in school as May's "cousin", helping her in her superhero duties and occasionally impersonating her as Spider-Girl while aiding in investigating Gwen Reilly's death. Not wanting to live under May's shadow, April let her darker impulses take over and fully embraced her symbiote side, taking on the alias "Mayhem". As Mayhem, April came into conflict with Spider-Girl, killing Tombstone when he seemingly killed May and the Hobgoblin to stop a gang war. Their rivalry escalated until Mayhem, intent on proving herself to be the genuine daughter of the Parker family, attacked Spider-Girl. The resulting fight sparked a fire, and May sacrificed herself to launch Mayhem out of the exploding building. Horrified and repentant, April attempted to redeem herself by living May's life for her, but Mary Jane immediately realized what had happened and furiously expelled her from the Parker household. Realizing that she had been the clone all along, Mayhem embarked on a massacre of the remaining superheroes out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. In response, the government created clones of Carnage to stop her, but the Carnage Biopreds went on a rampage instead. Determined to make things right, Mayhem stole Doctor Doom's time machine and traveled back to the past. Trapped in a wall, Future Mayham transferred her memories into her past self before dying, who then sacrificed herself to save May.


  • Angel Face, Demon Face: April's costumed form looks similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl's, but when she taps into her symbiote side her eyes become distorted and she frequently forms a wide mouth full of black teeth. As Mayhem, the black markings on her suit become chaotic.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: During her time with the Parkers, she was this to May.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: What Norman intended her to be. May has to keep April on track to prevent her from injuring or killing people. As "the merciless Mayhem" she breaks with May to become a full-on antiheroine, but after realizing the damage she's caused she returns to the good side and turns back time to sacrifice herself to save her sister.
    April: The friendly neighborhood days are over! If you want to survive, you need to go grim! Go gritty!
  • Bad Future: Causes one when she decides that the only way the world can be fixed is if she kills every other superpowered individual she comes across.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Has powers similar to Carnage, but deep down is a good person.
  • Berserk Button: Hates being compared to May, one of the reasons she went rogue as Mayhem.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Can transform her limbs into simple bladed objects.
  • Born as an Adult: Came out of the tank a teenager.
  • Cloning Blues: April was convinced that it was May who was the clone and that she was the original Parker baby, much like Ben Reilly was.
  • Combat Tentacles: Due to being part symbiote she can create tentacles at will and often uses them to complete chores faster.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: During the climactic fight that resulted in May's death, April makes declarations like, "You only saved me to make me look bad!"
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Spider-Girl, April can come across as malicious, especially as Mayhem.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Tries to invoke My Sibling Will Live Through Me after accidentally killing May, but it fails when Mary Jane sees through her right away.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker, and Venom, being a Spider-clone who believes themself to be the original, is angsty and more-than willing to commit murder, and is bonded to a clone of the Venom symbiote.
  • Emo Teen: Due to the whole Cloning Blues thing.
    Mary Jane: What on—April! What's wrong, sweetheart? Why are you in the dark? Oh, my! Where did you get that outfit—and why are you crying?
    April: E-everyone hates me. The kids at school... May... even you and Uncle Pete!
  • Evil Costume Switch: April normally looked similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl, but as Mayhem she takes a leaf out of Carnage's costuming department.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Benjy is the first to realize there is something off about "May".
  • Evil Twin: Starts out as one of May.
  • Freak Out: Has one when she accidentally causes May's death.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She was a clone of May Parker fused at a genetic level to the Venom symbiote.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Decides to embrace her dark side and becomes the antiheroine Mayhem, but ultimately sacrifices herself to save May.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: April, having been given memories of a Bad Future where May died because of her by her own future self, sacrificed herself to save May.
  • Fallen Hero: After May's death, April tried to become a hero. "Tried" here meaning "killed every other super powered individual she could find".
  • Femme Fatalons: Due to being half symbiote she could transform her fingers into claws.
  • Generation Xerox: To Kaine, being an angsty homicidal clone of a member of the Parker family.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The combined grief of accidentally killing May, being kicked out of the Parker family, and realizing that she was the real clone causes April to snap and go on a rampage, killing any superpowered being she comes across in an effort to make the world a better place.
  • Kill and Replace: After causing May's death, April tries to impersonate her as a form of repentance. Mary Jane saw through it right away, figured out what happened, and furiously expelled April from the Parker household. The combined trauma drove April insane.
  • Knight Templar: Decides the only way the world can be fixed is if all other superpowered individuals kick the bucket.
  • Jagged Mouth: As Mayhem she manifests a mouth full of black teeth that blend into the rest of her mask.
  • Mirror Match: Any time she and May fought, due to her being a clone.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Espouses this viewpoint when it comes to crime fighting, killing Tombstone and Hobgoblin, and even threatening to kill May herself if she gets in her way. When she decides to become a hero and make the world a better place, it's by killing all the other superpowered people she can find.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look of horror on Mayhem's face when the warehouse she and Spider-Girl were fighting in exploded is visible even through the symbiote's Blank White Eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family, showing that she never truly intended to kill May and was genuinely remorseful that she'd done so.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: April tries to invoke this via Dead Person Impersonation after believing Tombstone killed May, and again after accidentally causing May's death. Unfortunately for her, Mary Jane sees through the latter attempt right away, and when she figures out what happened furiously kicks April out of the Parker family.
  • Nightmare Face: Was capable of manifesting a fanged maw and absurdly long tongue while in human form.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: April was brooding and sarcastic at the best of times. At the worst, she's downright bloodthirsty, and while she lacks some common attributes, as Mayhem she can tick off scary "costume" and scary name as well.
  • One-Letter Name: Goes by "Auntie A" in the Bad Future.
  • Prehensile Hair: When her symbiote side manifests, her hair looks like it's suspended underwater.
  • Punny Name: As April herself put it, "After all, April comes before May".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Tombstone states that he killed Mayday, April furiously unleashes her symbiote side and kills him.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: When her actions lead to the government mass-producing copies of Carnage that subsequently go out of control, Mayhem decides to travel back in time and stop herself from killing May.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Adopts this approach to fighting crime, even taking out bigwigs like Tombstone and the Hobgoblin.
  • The Sociopath: May accused April of being one over her cheerfully cavalier attitude towards Gwen Reilly's murder.
  • Tele-Frag: When she travels back in time, Future Mayhem appears inside a wall, but lives long enough to transfer her memories to her past self.
  • Twin Switch: Impersonated May both as Spider-Girl to fight crime and in her civilian ID to make out with Wes, and later tried to take her place in life after accidentally killing her.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: In her grief after May's death and her expulsion from the Parker family, Mayhem kills almost every other superhero out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. This only makes things worse when the government mass-produces clones of Carnage to stop her and they go on a rampage.
  • Whole Costume Reference: April's superhero persona looks almost identical to Spider-Girl, and when she lets her symbiote side surface she occasionally appears similar to Spider-Carnage. As Mayhem she looks similar to a black-and-blue Carnage.

    Venom (Spectacular) 

AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock
Universe: Earth-26496
Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man Season 1 Episode 1 (Eddie Brock); Season 1 Episode 10 (Venom Symbiote); Season 1 Episode 12 (Venom)
Voiced By: Benjamin Diskin

The childhood friend of Peter Parker, now a college student and the Connors' lab assistant, Eddie Brock became increasingly embittered and disgusted by what he sees as Peter's cowardice and greed after he first ran away from the rampaging Electro and later took photos of Spider-Man's fight with the Lizard, a transfigured Dr. Connors. With Gwen's coaxing, Eddie attempted to let bygones be bygones and renew his friendship with Peter. This lasted until a specimen of alien life sent to the Connors' lab disappeared during a brawl between Spider-Man and Black Cat, with photos of the fight taken by Peter Parker. Worse, without the funding granted to the lab to study the alien, the Connors could no longer afford to pay Eddie as their assistant.

Spider-Man - oblivious to Eddie's growing embitterment towards him, believed Black Cat had stolen the alien until she pointed out his costume had turned black, causing him to realize that the alien - a symbiote - had assimilated it. Finding it amplified his powers, Peter opted to keep the symbiote, using it to put a stop to the Chameleon's impersonation of him. When six of his enemies banded together to take him down, the symbiote took control of Peter in his sleep and ruthlessly dispatched them, nearly killing Doctor Octopus. Even when conscious, Peter became increasingly aggressive and callous, even accepting Tombstone's job offer to pay for his Aunt's hospital bills, until Flash Thompson of all people called him out on his behaviour. Peter realized the symbiote was negatively influencing him and managed to expel it from his body after he retreated to the bell-tower of an abandoned church and rung the bell, weakening the symbiote, and through a psychological struggle. He returned it back to ESU, where Eddie Brock was initially elated, but Spider-Man attempted to freeze the symbiote to death. That didn't work, and Eddie set the alien free, bonding to it and discovering his two enemies were one. As Venom, Eddie tormented Spider-Man until Peter exploited the symbiote's desire to re-bond with him, burying it in a pool of freshly-poured cement.

Eddie later tricked Spider-Man into revealing the symbiote's prison and revealed his identity as Peter Parker to the press, but was ultimately separated from the symbiote a second time using a sample of gene-clenser. Driven insane by his hatred for Spider-Man and desire for the symbiote, Eddie was arrested and sent to the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane.

See The Spectacular Spider-Man characters page for more information.


    Venom (Old Man Logan) 
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AKA: James Madrox; A Tyrannosaurus rex
Universe: Earth-807128
Debut: Wolverine Vol. 3 #69

In an alternate reality where villains of the Marvel Universe took over the United States and divided it up into territories, the Venom symbiote ambushed a duplicate of James Madrox in order to seek revenge on Hawkeye. Five years later, it resurfaced to stalk the elderly Logan and Hawkeye, bonding itself with a Savage Land T. rex and attacking the duo only to be killed by one word from Black Bolt: "Stop."


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Black Bolt killed it with one word: "Stop".
  • Murder Water: The prequel Old Man Hawkeye has the symbiote acquire a new host (one of Multiple Man's renegade duplicates) by disguising itself as a misty oasis.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The symbiote bonded with a T. rex.
  • Me's a Crowd: It took over multiple versions of Multiple Man in order to create an army to go after Hawkeye.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • It was seemingly killed by Black Bolt, but then showed up alive and well in Old Man Quill #4.
    • An alternate version of it is revealed to have survived its encounter with Black Bolt in Edge of Venomverse #4, eating Spider-Bitch and Logan before the latter takes the symbiote from it and claws his way out from the inside.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: This symbiote's host is a Savage Land T. rex.

    Venompool 

Universe: Earth-615.9/Earth-90211
'Debut: What If? Iron Man: Demon in an Armor #1 - reprinted as What if the Venom Symbiote Possessed Deadpool?

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In the 1980's, Deadpool was assigned to assassinate the Beyonder for fusing MODOK to Galactus' butt, but instead befriended the Jheri curled deity. When Spider-Man crashed the party trying to get rid of his symbiote costume and got iced in the process, Deadpool took the orphaned alien in and became Venompool. When the Beyonder ditched him, Venompool decided to start over and rid himself of his Jheri curls when he realized they were no longer in style. Wanting to boost his popularity, he took part in the Secret Wars, but was dissed by the Sentry. Deciding to fulfill his contract, Venompool acquired the Retcon Expungifier, the only weapon powerful enough to kill the Beyonder, and lured him to a game-show. Beyonder showed up with his girlfriend, Carnage Curl, who'd been spawned from Venompool's lopped off hair and become his archenemy. Galactus showed up, revealing he was the baby-daddy and sparking a fight that destroyed the Earth, which Venompool undid with the Retcon Expungifier.

Finally popular and the star of his own movie, Venompool realized that people aside from himself were popular and went on a year-long rampage, killing all but a few superpowered individuals. In the midst of an existential crisis, Venompool realized that the Beyonder's rejection had left him with an inferiority complex and that to grow as a person he needed to embrace his true self. Believing his true self to be an irredeemable asshole and not wanting to learn from his mistakes, Venompool used the Retcon Expungifier to destroy the universe, and seemingly himself along with it.

He was later shown to have survived and been recruited by Dreadpool, but was killed for reals during the multiversal Deadpool war.


  • Ax-Crazy: When he realizes that people aside from himself are the subjects of adoration, Venompool straight-up murdered all of the superheroes and villains (except for the attractive ladies).
  • Denser and Wackier: As to be expected of a series where Deadpool takes the helm. The whole thing kicks off with Beyonder merging MODOK to Galactus' butt, and gets more bizarre from there on out.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Rather than accept his flaws and become a better person, Venompool pitches a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Venompool realizes that Beyonder ditching him left him with a massive inferiority complex that was the source of his craving for popularity and acknowledgement.
  • It's All About Me: Venompool was so self-absorbed he went on a killing spree when he learned he wasn't the only popular superhero in existence.
  • Kavorka Man: The only superpowered people he left alive were the sexy ladies, who are shown fawning over him in skimpy clothes.
  • Killed Off for Real: After surviving his own Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum, he's killed during the Deadpool Kills Deadpool crossover.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: New York's got gang problems? Kill them! There're people more popular then you? Kill them too! Realized you're an unlikable jerk? KILL THE UNIVERSE!
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He destroys his home universe, Earth-90211, with the Retcon Expungifier.
  • Prehensile Hair: During his time as a Beyonder fanboy, Wade grew a set of Jheri curls. When the hairdo became passé, he lopped them off and they became Carnage Curl.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Venom symbiote takes on the colors of Deadpool's costume.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: After Doc Samson helps him realize just how much of an unlikable jerk he is, Venompool kills the psychiatrist and then destroys his home universe rather than accept his flaws and deal with them constructively.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Getting rid of his Jheri curls was a traumatic experience... for the Jheri curls, which grew their own body, becoming Carnage Curl.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Wade helped kill Spider-Man, and became the next host of the Venom symbiote.
  • Villain Team-Up: He joined Dreadpool's army of evil Deadpools in Deadpool Kills Deadpool.

    Venom (Ultimate Animated Series) 
AKA: Harold "Harry" Osborn; Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Universe: Earth-12041
Debut: Ultimate Spider-Man Season 1 Episode 1 (as Harry Osborn & Flash Thompson); Season 1 Episode 8 (Harry as Venom); Season 3 Episode 3 (Flash as Agent Venom)
Voiced By: Matt Lanter

Created from a sample of Spider-Man's blood by Doctor Octopus, this version of the Venom symbiote attempted to reunite with its origin. Thought destroyed, a sample was acquired by Harry Osborn, who used it to become Symbiote Spider-Man in an effort to gain his father's approval. His pent-up anger issues caused him to quickly lose control of the symbiote, becoming the monstrous Venom, and he made repeated attempts on Norman's life, coming into conflict with Spider-Man's team. After Harry gave up the symbiote, it was acquired by the Green Goblin, who attempted to use it to destroy SHIELD and empower himself. The original suit was contained and destroyed, but Otto Octavius created a second batch which made its way into the hands of Flash Thompson, who permanently bonded to it and used it to become the heroic Agent Venom.

See the Ultimate Spider-Man characters page for more information.

    Old Man Venom 
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AKA: James "Logan" Howlett
Universe: Earth-807128 (Logan); Unknown (Symbiote)
Debut: Extraordinary X-Men Vol 1 #10

  • Co-Dragons: The Venom symbiote became one of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, working alongside Deadpool, Man-Thing (replaced with Colossus), and Moon Knight as Apocalypse's "antibodies".
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The cover of Extraordinary X-Men %12 shows him as an amorphous black mass bristling with fangs.
  • Magic Enhancement: As a Horseman of Apocalypse, the symbiote was augmented by its master's power.
  • Wolverine Claws: Due to the symbiote taking over Logan, Old Man Venom has three claws - covered in symbiote biomass - protruding from his knuckles.

    Venom ( 2018 Film) 

See here.

    VEN#m 
AKA: Addy Brock
Universe: Earth-14512
Debut: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

  • The Assimilator: The Sym Engine assimilated both Addy and May Parker.
  • Arm Cannon: Unlike SP//dr, it is equipped with arm-mounted missile launchers.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Its arms are serrated and can be used as blades.
  • Evil Counterpart: To SP//DR, being a black-and-white successor to the red-and-blue mech.
  • Robeast: It turns into one after the biomechanical Sym Engine takes it over, its faceplate opening into a fanged maw a la Evangelion Unit-01, with a prehensile tongue formed from intertwined tendrils.

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