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Venom as a substance resembles a black liquified slime. It 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.
After bonding with Flash Thompson, the symbiote developed spiky hair, a muscular build, and several tentacles out of its back. In Season 3, after re-bonding with Flash, the symbiote covers his football pads with him, creating the basic silhouette of Agent Venom, with a traditional Black Spider-man mask and no emblem. After integrating pieces of The Beetle's armor into itself, the suit transforms fully into Agent Venom, complete with symbol.
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 costume albeit pure black and a white spider symbol, a long tongue, sharp teeth and a muscular build.
After bonding with Harry Osborn, the symbiote has a variation of Spider-Man's costume: pure black attire with a white spider symbol. In its massive hulking form, Venom has the same features but has a muscular build, sharp teeth, a long tongue and a more sinister look. The symbiote's altered look may have been because of the enhancements.
After escaping confinement aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Tricarrier 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 Carnage symbiote. After bonding to Agent 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 but only one eye.
After merging with the Green Goblin, Venom developed an outline similar to Green Goblin's pointed ears, narrow eyes and very muscular build. Green Goblin is the only host of Venom that wasn't possessed, likely due to the fact that they wanted the same things and Venom didn't seem to both to control him.
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. The symbiote 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 creation started to act aggressively as it was all the deadliest aspects of Spider-Man's DNA. Octavius needed few months to perfect the life-form, but Norman Osborn only gave him a month to do so. Otto told him he will have something for him that night, but the symbiote escaped and as Otto said, it wanted to return to where it came from: Spider-Man. It followed Peter Parker to Harry Osborn's house, where it, at first, tried to kill him. After realizing that Peter is Spider-Man, it became confused and began jumping from host to host.
Using it's ability to latch onto anyone, it fused with 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 Venom targeted Harry, Spider-Man suddenly began to regain control and fight back, and eventually broke free. Although Venom bested its host in hand-to-hand combat, Spider-Man trapped and shocked Venom with his "electro webs", seemingly destroying the symbiote. Norman later admitted to Octavius that the symbiote was a success, and that he wanted a new prototype, one that Spider-Man and his friends couldn't defeat. Octavius stated that he would begin working on it.
A small piece of the symbiote ended up on a piano in Harry's family room at some point, likely while it was jumping from host to host. 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 his father Norman Osborn. Harry revealed to Peter Parker that he was the Black-Suit Spidey and assured him that he has the organism under control. When Norman 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 eventually transformed into a massive, hulking creature while fighting Spider-Man. Venom fought Spider-Man across the city, until he 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 and brutally beat Batroc the Leaper, which led to the Daily Bugle claiming the attacker to be Spider-Man's fault. When Harry gets enraged by Norman Osborn's negligence yet again, Venom took over and attacked its host's father. When Spider-Man intervened, Venom distracted him, by throwing Norman out of the building, and fled the scene. Venom
returned to attack Norman, but Spider-Man intervened again. Venom fought against Spider-Man and his team who arrived later and a piece of him was taken by White Tiger, after that Venom fled the scene. Venom went to the high school and ambushed Spider-Man's team. 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.
Alliance with Green GoblinHowever, Harry Osborn is later shown to have the symbiote still in his system, only showing itself at severe emotional times. While on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to be protected by S.H.I.E.L.D., 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 Harry out of it then he tried to free himself of the symbiote, with help from Spider-Man while Harry grabbed an electrified wire which made the symbiote leave his body. Green Goblin then took a sample of the symbiote to find someone who was actually worthy of wearing the suit and left.
CarnageAfter fighting Spider-Man, Green Goblin abducted and injected Peter Parker with a sample of symbiote, turning him into Carnage. Then he commanded Carnage to catch Spider-Man. When he arrived at his destination, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Spider-Man's teammates had to protect Harry Osborn from Carnage. After Carnage defeated them all, Harry realized that Peter is Carnage's host. When Carnage tried to attack him, Harry commanded it to stop and it obeyed. But when Harry touched Carnage, the symbiote left Peter and attached itself onto Harry to become a modified form of Venom, then went after Green Goblin. Spider-Man and Venom formed a truce to take him down. Spider-Man had to talk sense into the both of them, and had to turn into Peter to talk sense into Harry. Harry managed to free himself form the symbiote and placed it in a beaker. Green Goblin grew suspicious of Peter and assumed that he's Spider-Man, until the team (with Iron Fist filling in for Spider-Man to avoid suspicion) showed up and fought with Green Goblin. One Venom 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.
Attack on S.H.I.E.L.D.After Green Goblin was 'defeated' by Spider-Man and his team, the villain was enroute to a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison on the moon aboard S.H.I.E.L.D. Tricarrier when he released the 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 and then they freed Green Goblin. He took them down with ease, but then Agent 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 him and decided to free Doctor Octopus to defeat Venom. To stop Doctor Octopus from creating another Anti-Venom and Spider-Man suited up into his Iron Spider Armor, Green Goblin bonds to Venom and battles Iron Spider until eventually Doctor Octopus's Anti-Venom killed all the symbiotes apart from the original expelled from Green Goblin. With its host back to normal when the symbiote left him, Iron Spider when sent Venom into a vacuum. Iron Spider used his rocket jets to decimate Venom and force himself back inside the Tricarrier, destroying the symbiote.
Loki frees Doctor Octopus from SHIELD after his recent defeat at the hands of Spider-man and his team. He
has Octavius mass-produce the Venom Symbiote, swapping bodies with Spider-man in order to acquire his blood (a notion Doctor Octopus notes is brilliant and that he should make a note of it; a reference to the Superior Spider-man story-arc). After defeating Loki and his army of Symbiote infested Trolls and Frost Giants, Spider-man goes through the city to recover the remains of the symbiotes and turn them over to SHIELD for disposal. While fighting a Venomized Scorpion (who was the third Venom in the comics), Flash Thompson appears, wearing a Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider costume and calling himself Scarlet Spider. Spider-man tells Flash not to be a hero and defeats Scorpion, unaware that a small piece of Venom attaches to Flash. The next day, The Beetle, under orders from Taskmaster, tracks the suit to the high school and chases Flash. Spider-man stashes Flash into a closet to protect him, but Flash wants to help. The suit activates, and Flash battles the Beetle. When Flash has him subdued, Spider-man tries to talk Flash into giving up the suit, and the two fight until Taskmaster arrives. Venom and Spider-man fight Beetle and Taskmaster, Flash begins integrating parts of Beetle's suit, including rocket launchers and armor, and fully becomes Agent Venom. After the fight, Agent 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 him. Spider-man convinces Fury to take him on as a member of the team.
Powers and Abilities
Venom takes on the powers and abilities of his host organism. Venom's forms seem to always be modeled by the person he 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 his enemies.
- Superhuman Agility: Despite his Huge Appearance, Venom is able of jumping 30 feet and is very agile.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Despite his size, Venom is very flexible.
- Webbing Generation: Venom can shoot strands of the it's 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: This set of fangs not only intimidates foes but can deliver a powerful, venomous bite.
- Shapeshifting: Venom can change his size and shape. He can also do this without a host.
- Stretchable Tongue: Venom can stretch out his tongue.
- Tendrils: Venom can generate tendrils from his body.
- Integration: When bonded to Flash, the suit integrates pieces of Beetle's armor into itself, allowing Flash to use the weapons he absorbs, such as Beetle's rocket launchers.
- 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.
WeaknessesVenom despite being a monstrous creation with extraordinary powers, has a weakness for lightning. When Venom gets in contact with electricity, he 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 Suit
In, The Avenging Spider-Man part 2, Iron Man use Repulsor Ray Sonic Blast to attack Venom.
- 104. "Venom"
- 108. "Back in Black"
- 111. "Venomous"
- 126. "Rise of the Goblin"
- 208. "Carnage"
- 301 "Avenging Spider-man; Part 1"
- 302 "Avenging Spider-man; Part 2"
- 303 "Agent Venom"
- 305 "The Next Iron Spider"
- Venom was created by Doctor Octopus from a sample of Spider-Man's DNA in the series but the Ultimate Marvel version was created by Richard Parker (Spider-Man`s dad) to cure cancer and the original version is a extraterrestrial parasite that needed a host to survive.
- In the comics, Venom's main weakness is intense heat and vibration.
- Venom's usual host is Eddie Brock and/or Mac Gargan in the comics, movies, other TV series and video games, not Harry Osborn.
- Venom's season one look resembles the Eddie Brock version, and season two look resembles the Mac Gargan incarnation.
- Venom later takes on the Scorpion as a host.
- Flash Thompson is the first person bonded to Venom which is ironic because he's the fourth Venom incarnation in the comics.
- On a related note, Venom will return in season 3 in the form of Agent Venom.
Background in other media
- This is Venom's fourth animated appearance. Previous versions include Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man Unlimited and Spectacular Spider-Man.