VENOM : Alien Costume Symbiote

VENOM : Alien Costume Symbiote VENOM : Alien Costume Symbiote

"The more hidden the VENOM, the more dangerous it is."--Marguerite de Valois
Last seen in the big screen menacing SPIDER-MAN, let us now learn a little more about this CBM character - VENOM. What it is? And what are its powers?

Feature Opinion
By PollMaster - Apr 09, 2011 04:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Other
Source: DCMU

What is VENOM?
VENOM is an alien symbiote, a life form that requires a host to bond around for its survival. The creature is a sentient alien with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. VENOM creature gives its host enhanced powers.

VENOM first appeared as an "alien costume" in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984) it wascreated by Randy Schueller (original idea) and David Michelinie, with Mike Zeck designing the alien costume and Todd McFarlane drawing the first VENOM appearance.

What are its powers and abilities?
The VENOM symbiote empowers the natural abilities of a host to the point where they far exceed that of normal members of the hosts' species. These abilities include the following superhuman strength, speed and agility, Super enhanced durability, resistance to damage and healing ability, genetic memory, recalling information from previous hosts. Can expand to any size as long as they have something to grow on such as a host or an object. The VENOM Symbiote can get inside of small areas such as electric wires and the insides of cars and completely disable them. The Symbiote also reacts to the thoughts and will of the host. The Symbiote can sense the presence of other Symbiote within a certain distance and the ability to shape-shift, from mimicking clothing up to and including complete change of appearance and stature.

The VENOM Symbiote has adapted the spider powers of Spider-Man.

The Symbiote allows the user limited shape-shifting.

The symbiote is capable of healing injuries in the host at a faster rate than normal human healing allows. The symbiote is also capable of healing injuries and illnesses that current human medical care cannot such as cancer.

Who are the host of the VENOM Symbiote?

1. Peter Parker SPIDER-MAN
The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984)
In the Secret Wars storyline Spider-Man damages his regular costume in combat. He found a machine that was supposed to make a "new" costume, but in actuality was a sentient alien symbiote responding to Spider-Man's thoughts to form a new costume. Spider-Man later on learns the true nature of the costume and that it wishes to fuse permanently with him. With the aid of other heroes Spider-Man discovered that the symbiote is vulnerable to sound and flame. Spider-man uses this knowledge to permanently separate himself from the symbiote.

2. Eddie Brock
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #299 (April, 1988)
When Spider-man separated himself from the symbiote, the sentient alien costume needed another human host in order to survive. He found and bonded with Eddie Brock who became the first person to use the name VENOM. Eddie Brock has a grudge against SPIDER-MAN when he disgraced him as a reporter because of a bogus news report, that grudge is fueled more by the symbiote's hatred of his previous host. We would see many battles between Spider-man and Eddie Brock's VENOM. Though at times they would have a truce, and we see them fighting along side each other. Later on the VENOM symbiote will find new hosts and Eddie Brock is currently running around as Anti-VENOM (A creature with all of VENOM's powers, without its weaknesses.... hmmm... Blade called he wants to talk to you about something).

3. Angelo Fortunato
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man Vol 1 #6 (November, 2004)
Don Fortunato bought the symbiote for 100 million dollars from then cancer-stricken Eddie Brock (now he is cured because of Anti-VENOM - whoopee!). Fortunato gave it to his son, Angelo, to prove himself to the crime family. Angelo fought Spider-Man and clearly had the advantage in the fight. But when he killed a bystander, Spider-Man didn't hold back and started to beat Angelo into submission. Being a coward that he is, he tried to flee, and the symbiote, disgusted by his actions, left Angelo's body while in mid air (and splat!).

4. Mac Gargan
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man Vol 1 #9 (February, 2005)
After the incident with Angelo Fortunato, the VENOM symbiote approached MacDonald "Mac" Gargan, formerly known as Scorpion, and offered him new abilities. Gargan accepted the proposal and bonded with the creature. When in the VENOM persona, Gargan retained very little of his original personality and was controlled almost completely by the Symbiote, which drove him to cannibalism. When the Symbiote was dormant in his body, he expressed nausea and fear of the organism.

5. Flash Thompson
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #654
Flash Thompson is the "black ops" VENOM owned by the government, he is one of Peter Parker's high school classmate/bully and now a war veteran who lost the use of his leg. The previous VENOM Mac Gargan is back in being the scorpion again and the symbiote got locked up in a secret Government base. Giving drug suppressants to control the VENOM symbiote, the new host, Flash Thompson became one of the Government's covert men in the battle against evil. While having the abilities of Spider-Man plus 10.

6. Ann Weying
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #375 (March, 1993)
Ann Weying is Eddie Brock's ex-wife, a successful lawyer. In an event where Ann got shot, the VENOM symbiote temporarily bonds with her to save her life and she briefly became She-VENOM.

7. Ms. Marvel
Siege Vol 1 #3
During the siege of Asgard, Spider-Man fought Mac Gargan in the streets of Broxton, Oklahoma. Ms. Marvel came to help Spidey and ripped Gargan out of the Symbiote. The Symbiote proceeded to take control of Carol Danvers until Spidey was able to feed her enough power to break free of the Symbiote.

8.Fantastic Four
Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #2
New revelations indicates that after Spider-Man initially removed the VENOM symbiote, it escaped and attempted to bond with Franklin Richards. In that course, it bonded temporarily with Reed Richards, Susan Richards, and She-Hulk. It eventually bonded with Franklin, but with Spider-Man's help, the Fantastic Four was able to separate the Symbiote from Franklin.

Appearances of the VENOM Symbiote in Live Media
The Venom symbiote appeared currently in one movie, SPIDER-MAN 3. In which he first bonded with Peter Parker. Similar to the comics after Peter separated himself from the alien costume, it found a new host in Eddie Brock.

1. Tobey Maguire

2. Topher Grace

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I'd be up for a VENOM article as well.

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manymade1 - 4/9/2011, 4:09 PM
Awesome dude. May I suggest Cyclops or Dick Grayson?
MrReese - 4/9/2011, 4:10 PM
very nice.Venom is a badass
AgentVenom - 4/9/2011, 4:14 PM
may i suggest Dick GRayson or the Deadpool
CrossOver - 4/9/2011, 4:23 PM
Deadpool FTW!

And does. Carnage and toxin not count as hosts for the symbiote?
And the TRex doesn't belong, the rest are marvel characters I believe.
I think it's the hulk, Thor, punisher, Deadpool, TRex, wolverine.
marvel72 - 4/9/2011, 4:23 PM
excellent,howabout cyclops or deadpool.

stuck on one of your venom hosts.

1.howard the duck
2.maybe thor
3.the punisher
5.maybe devil dinosaur
DBeck - 4/9/2011, 4:23 PM
Enjoyed it. Let's see Nova. Richard Ryder is a CHAMP!
WellDrawn - 4/9/2011, 4:27 PM
I hate it when artists give Venom 'eyes'(top image) He looks way more badass with the simple white shapes where his eyes should be.

Oh yeah, f*ck Avi Arad! Spiderman 3 was his fault, not Raimi's.
UncleDrew - 4/9/2011, 4:27 PM
I like the Flash Thompson one the best!!!
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marvel72 - 4/9/2011, 4:35 PM
@ asianavenger

flash thompson,is that venom any good,i've always been a fan of eddie brock & mac gargan.

i don't really like the design that much.
Spidey91 - 4/9/2011, 4:37 PM
best Spidey villain,hands down!
ohh,Venom + Deadpool = you're totally,definitely and positively [frick]ed!
invalensname - 4/9/2011, 4:38 PM
Here's a question that has always bothered me- does the symbiote not retain memories? Like, it retains Spider-man's abilities. Any thoughts?
invalensname - 4/9/2011, 4:48 PM
@Pollmaster- Who are the 6 hosts? 1? 2: Superman or Thor or Spawn???? 3: Punisher 4: Deadpool 5:???? 6: Wolverine.

Great articles. How about an Alfred Pennyworth one when you get the chance?
nuck82 - 4/9/2011, 4:48 PM
sweet, im not liking the new one, doent look very alian like, like all the others, doesnt seem to be alive. but maybe it will change alittle..

yeah!!! cyclops!! cyclops!!! cyclops!!! cyclops!!!
tjbpinkfloyd - 4/9/2011, 4:49 PM
How about a THOR one?
SanDevil77 - 4/9/2011, 4:50 PM
@pollmaster nother great article dude! keep em coming. as with alot of others, would love to see a cyclops and deadpool one. thanks again.
joob234 - 4/9/2011, 4:57 PM
@pollmaster: great article. iceman would be great! please!!!!!!!!! get back to me lol. or maybe eventually nightcrawler
BATMANx - 4/9/2011, 4:58 PM
Long Live Eddie Brock best Venom ever
ClarkKentSuperman - 4/9/2011, 5:01 PM
dick grayson gotta tell you these have been the best reads on the site in awhile......keep up the good work we really appreciate SUPERMAN also
RedeyeJedi - 4/9/2011, 5:18 PM
As always, great article. A Deadpool or Gambit article next would be cool.
CrossOver - 4/9/2011, 5:21 PM
Well theN wolverine doesnt belong, he's the only one not full.
So it's hulk or beast, Thor, punisher, Deadpool, devil Dino, and wolvie.
golden123 - 4/9/2011, 5:28 PM
I just recently started reading these post's and there pretty good. I know you get about a thosand requests but you should do Hawkman.
NerdReviews - 4/9/2011, 5:33 PM
Awesome! Now I've said it once and I'll say it again. Let's see the emerald archer green arrow!
kookevin3 - 4/9/2011, 5:39 PM
please keep these up, they are becoming my favorite part of CBM. Next: Hal Jordan
Jolt17 - 4/9/2011, 5:41 PM
OH yes, wishing for this one as well, but forgot to say it lol.

Awesome stuff as usual Poll buddy, next time!

I'm enjoying anyone you're talking about!


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MaddMonkk - 4/9/2011, 5:43 PM
You are getting better everytime! I'd like to see Captain Marvel, Alan Scott, and since Swamp Thing is back, why not do him up. That dino is from Old Man Logan and we all know is a Venom but did it say so in the story? Can't remember??
MaddMonkk - 4/9/2011, 5:44 PM
oh yeah Do one on the Infinity Gauntlet or some other artifact, When you get time , of course!
Zeppelinkid007 - 4/9/2011, 5:49 PM
the wolvie venom cause of wolves healing factor wont allow venom to attach to him.
whoa123 - 4/9/2011, 6:04 PM
Nice article! Do Lex Luthor next! Hey guys if you have an extra time check out my Daredevil (Reboot) fan posters just Click Here thanks!!
invalensname - 4/9/2011, 6:22 PM
I just suggested Alfred. But the previous 3 suggestions- Lutor, Deadpool and the Infinity Gauntlet would be awesome ones!
superbatspiderman - 4/9/2011, 6:32 PM
Do Doctor Strange next or Dr. Fate if you want to go for a DC hero. OH or Deathstroke that would be great.
invalensname - 4/9/2011, 6:40 PM
I just suggested Alfred. But the previous 3 suggestions- Lutor, Deadpool and the Infinity Gauntlet would be awesome ones!
invalensname - 4/9/2011, 6:40 PM
I just suggested Alfred. But the previous 3 suggestions- Lutor, Deadpool and the Infinity Gauntlet would be awesome ones!
Jer3miah - 4/9/2011, 7:30 PM
I can't believe Flash Tompson got the suit and utilized it as a Black Ops operative. Wow, one of those pics remind me of Deadpool. I need to get that series...
Deadpool13 - 4/9/2011, 7:34 PM
Keep up the good work can you do one on deadpool please
Ven0m - 4/9/2011, 8:15 PM
Herosave - 4/9/2011, 8:38 PM
Good stuff, Pollmaster!
nerdyzombie13 - 4/9/2011, 8:55 PM
the other host of venom are

The Hulk
Savage Land tyrannosaurus rex from Old Man Logan
Wolverine, that was from a symbiote bomb from the New Avengers. I think thats the odd duck bc its not really form Venom, but you find out in Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #4 that the symbiote bomb was made from a piece of Venom.
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