Spider-Man (genetic template / fifth host [first major host])
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Resembling a substance of black liquefied slime, Venom can change shape and can form a face with eyes that have a jagged white outline and a mouth with razor-sharp teeth. After taking a host, Venom gains an extreme muscular physical body and grows larger depending on the host's size.
Flash Thompson/Agent Venom
After bonding with Flash Thompson, the symbiote developed spiky hair, a muscular build, and several tentacles out of its back.
When it rebond with Flash once again, Venom covers its host's football pads, creating a basic silhouette of Venom with a traditional black suit with no emblem. After integrating pieces of the Beetle's armor into itself, he transforms the suit with a complete symbol into Agent Venom.
After bonding with Nova, the symbiote developed a head similar in shape to Nova's helmet and a wider jaw than seen on any other form the symbiote took when it bonded with the other hosts. It had the patterns of the Nova Corps uniform.
Power ManAfter bonding with Power Man, the symbiote developed symbiotic-based sunglasses. It had a
After bonding with Iron Fist, the symbiote developed a head similar in shape of Iron Fist's mask and had the patterns and the symbol of Iron Fist's costume.
After bonding with Spider-Man, Venom developed the same features of Spider-Man's albeit a pure black costume and a white spider symbol, as well as sharp teeth, a muscular build, four tentacles out of his back.
After bonding with Harry Osborn, the symbiote initially has a variation of Spider-Man's costume: a pure black attire with a white spider symbol. But while taking over its host, Venom has a massive hulking form with the same features albeit a muscular build, sharp teeth, a long tongue and a more sinister look. After absorbing the Carnage symbiote, Venom's later look with this host may have been because of some enhancements.
After escaping confinement and bonded to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the modified symbiote developed slender builds with razor-sharp teeth and a little similar to the Carnage symbiote albeit pure black. After bonding to Phil Coulson, Venom developed a slightly muscular build with a tight jaw-line. After enveloping Nick Fury, Venom developed a muscular yet slender build with a gun attachment and only one eye.
After merging with the Green Goblin, Venom developed an outline similar to its host's pointed ears, narrow eyes and very muscular build. Unlike most hosts, Green Goblin wasn't possessed, likely due to the fact that they wanted the same things.
Trolls and Frost Giants
Venom is an emotionless being who is confused the second that it was created from Spider-Man's DNA. Its personality changes depending on who it is bonded to, though it stays with distilled aggression. The only thing it desires is to bond with Spider-Man, until Harry Osborn attempted to control it for himself. While latched onto Harry, Venom rejected Spider-Man saying that he doesn't need him.
CreationVenom is a symbiote created by Dr. Otto Octavius after obtaining from a blood sample from Spider-Man left in a battle with an Octobot. At the same moment it was created, the 'living suit of armor' started to act aggressively as it was made from all the deadliest aspects of Spider-Man's DNA. Despite Octavius needing few months to perfect the life-form, Norman Osborn only gave a month to do so. After Otto tells Osborn about needing more time to have something for that night, the symbiote escaped and wanted to return to where it came from: Spider-Man. The organism followed Peter Parker to Harry Osborn's party. After realizing that Peter is Spider-Man, it became confused and began jumping from host to host. Using its ability to latch onto anyone, it latched onto Flash Thompson, Nova, Power Man and Iron Fist in the process. After finally bonding to Spider-Man, it became complete and proclaimed itself as "Venom" and attempted to kill Spider-Man's allies. When the symbiote targeted Harry and Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man suddenly began to regain control and fight back, and eventually broke free. Although the organism bested its host in hand-to-hand combat, Spider-Man trapped and shocked the symbiote with his "electro webs", seemingly destroying the symbiote. Unknown to most people, a small piece of the symbiote ended up on a piano in the Osborn family room at some point. Without Peter noticing, Harry scraped it into a bottle, trapping and keeping it.
Black Suit SpideyAfter attempting to train the symbiote, Harry Osborn used the organism to become the Black Suit Spidey to impress people. Harry revealed to Peter Parker that he was the Black-Suit Spidey and assured his friend that he has the organism under control. After Norman Osborn blew him off, Harry became enraged and the suit began to feed off its host's negative emotions. During a battle with Dragon Man, the suit began to consume Harry, and Venom eventually transformed into a massive, hulking creature while fighting Spider-Man. Now in control of its host, Venom fought Spider-Man across the New York City, through Oscorp in front of Norman and was thrown into a massive Daily Bugle television screen. The electricity caused the suit to explode, freeing Harry. However, a small piece of the symbiote stayed with Harry without him noticing.
Controlling Harry OsbornVenom gradually returned and took over Harry Osborn's body initially as the Black-Suit Spidey to brutally beat Batroc the Leaper, which led to the Daily Bugle claiming the attacker to be Spider-Man. When Harry gets enraged by Norman Osborn's negligence yet again, Venom took over and attacked its host's father. As Spider-Man tries to intervene, Venom throws Norman out of Oscorp's building then fled the scene. Venom later returned to Oscorp to attack Norman but Spider-Man intervened again. Within Oscorp's lab, Venom fought against Spider-Man and then the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. After Venom fled the scene again, a piece of the symbiote was taken by White Tiger. Venom went to Midtown High School and ambushed the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. When Spider-Man arrived on the scene with an Anti-Venom, they got onto the roof where Harry tried to free himself but Venom strained himself and claimed there is only Venom. Venom chased after Spider-Man but was struck by lightning. Venom was then injected by the Anti-Venom of Spider-Man, Harry was apparently freed and Venom vanished.
Attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. HelicarrierHowever, Harry Osborn is later shown to have the symbiote still in his system, only showing itself at severe emotional times for its host. While on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier was attacked, the Green Goblin shocked Harry to turn his son into Venom. Father and son teamed up against Spider-Man as the Helicarrier continued to sink. Spider-Man tries to talk Venom out of it then he tried to free himself of the symbiote, with Harry grabbing an electrified wire which made the organism leave his body. Green Goblin then took the symbiote to find someone who was actually worthy of wearing this 'magnificent creature' and left.
CarnageAfter fighting Spider-Man, the Green Goblin abducted and injected Peter Parker with a sample of symbiote, turning the boy into Carnage. After Green Goblin commanded Carnage fight Spider-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Spider-Man's teammates fight Carnage. As Carnage fights them all, Harry realized that Peter is Carnage's host and commanded Carnage to stop, which it obeyed. When Harry touched Carnage, the symbiote left Peter and attached itself onto Harry as a modified form of Venom. Now in control of the organism, Venom formed a truce with Spider-Man to take Green Goblin down. As Venom's aggressiveness gradually took over its host, Peter arrived to talk sense into Harry. Harry managed to free himself form the symbiote and placed it in a beaker. One symbiote sample was ended up in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody while Green Goblin takes the rest of the symbiote back to find the perfect host.
Unleashed on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TricarrierAfter the Green Goblin was 'defeated' by Spider-Man's team, the villain was en-route to a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison on the moon aboard S.H.I.E.L.D. Tricarrier when he released a sample of the symbiote which reunited with the sample confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D., becoming whole again. Venom escaped and latch itself onto numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and pitched them against Spider-Man then freed Green Goblin. Although Spider-Man took Venom's multiple hosts down with ease, Phil Coulson was enveloped and attacked Spider-Man. With the help of Nick Fury, Coulson is subdued but Fury got enveloped himself in the process. Spider-Man eventually defeated Fury. To stop Doctor Octopus from creating another Anti-Venom and since Spider-Man suited up into the Iron Spider Armor, Green Goblin bonds with Venom and battles Spider-Man until eventually Doctor Octopus's Anti-Venom killed all the symbiotes from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents while the original symbiote was expelled from Green Goblin. With its host back to normal and now latched onto nobody, Spider-Man sent the Venom symbiote into a vacuum. Spider-Man used his Iron Spider Armor's rocket jets to decimate Venom and also to force himself back inside the Tricarrier, destroying the symbiote.
After Loki frees Doctor Octopus from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after yet another recent defeat at the hands of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, Doctor Octopus mass-produces the Venom symbiote after Loki swaps bodies with Spider-Man in order to acquire the web-slinger's DNA. After the S.H.I.E.L.D. team and the Avengers defeat Loki's army of Venomized Trolls and Frost Giants, Spider-Man goes through the city to recover the remains of the symbiotes and turn them over to S.H.I.E.L.D. for disposal.
While Spider-Man fights the Scorpion possessed by the Venom symbiote, Flash Thompson appears as an amateur hero. After Spider-Man defeats Scorpion, a small piece of the symbiote attaches to Flash. The next day, the Beetle tracks the organism to Midtown High School and chases Flash. When Flash is stashed by Spider-Man into a closet for protection but wants to help, the suit activates and Flash becomes Venom and assists battling Beetle for Spider-Man. When Venom has Beetle subdued, Spider-Man tries to talk Venom into giving up the suit and the two fight until Taskmaster arrives. When Venom and Spider-Man fight Beetle and Taskmaster, Venom begins integrating parts of Beetle's suit, including rocket launchers and armor to become more defined. After defeating Beetle and Taskmaster getting away, Venom relents that being a hero is harder than he thought and tries to get the suit to leave him. However, the suit has found a perfect host in Flash and permanently bonded to his host. Spider-Man convinces Nick Fury to take "Agent Venom" on as a member of the New Warriors team.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Flash Thompson/Agent Venom
Powers and Abilities
Venom takes on the powers and abilities of his host or hosts. Venom's form seem to always be modeled by the person it has bonded with. The symbiote grants the following powers:
- Superhuman Strength: Venom is stronger than Spider-Man.
- Superhuman Durability: Venom is able to take multiple hits from its enemies.
- Superhuman Agility: Despite its huge appearance, Venom is able of jumping 30 feet and is very agile.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Despite its size, Venom is very flexible.
- Webbing Generation: Venom can shoot strands of the substance in the form of "webbing".
- Wall-Crawling: Venom is able to climb most surfaces.
- ESP (Spider-Sense): Venom possesses an extrasensory ability similar to Spider-Man’s spider-sense.
- Poisonous Fangs: Venom’s set of fangs not only intimidates foes but can deliver a powerful, venomous bite.
- Shapeshifting: Venom can change its size and shape, with or without a host.
- Stretchable Tongue: Venom can stretch out its tongue.
- Tendrils: Venom can generate tendrils from its body.
- Integration: Venom integrates pieces of someone else's armor into itself, allowing itself to use the weapons it absorbs.
- Host Take-Over: Venom has the ability to latch onto anyone and use their powers while taking control of their bodies. Flash Thompson seems to have a resistance to this, due to their complimentary nature.
WeaknessesDespite being a monstrous creation with extraordinary powers, Venom has a weakness for lightning. When it gets in contact with electricity, Venom either gets vaporized, or paralyzed. When permanently merged with Flash Thompson, the suit seems to gain a higher resistance to electricity and sonic waves, though sonics do weaken Flash's control of the organism.
- "Back in Black"
- "Revealed" (cameo appearance)
- "Rise of the Goblin"
- "The Lizard" (mentioned only)
- "Venom Bomb"
- "Second Chance Hero" (mentioned only)
- "Avenging Spider-Man; Part 1"
- "Avenging Spider-Man; Part 2"
- "Agent Venom"
- "The Next Iron Spider"
- While Venom was created by Doctor Octopus from a sample of Spider-Man's DNA in the series, the Ultimate Marvel version was created by Richard Parker (Peter Parker`s dad) to cure cancer, while the original version is a extraterrestrial parasite that needed a host to survive.
- Venom's main weakness is intense heat and vibration in the comics.
- Venom's first major host is Eddie in the comics, movies, other TV series and video games.
- On a related note, Venom's season one look resembles the Eddie Brock version.
- Venom's second major host is Gargan in the comics and video games.
- On a related note, Venom's season two look resembles the Mac Gargan incarnation.
- Scorpion as Venom's host is also a nod to the most well known version of Scorpion (Mac Gargan).
- Venom's current host is Flash Thompson in the comics.
- On a related note, Flash is the first person bonded to Venom in the series is possible nod to being the current host in the comics.
Background in other media
- This is Venom's nineteenth other media appearance and fourth animated appearance.