Marvel character highlight #21: Venom

Name: Edward Charles Allan Brockvenom

Aliases: Toxin, Venom, Lethal Pro­tec­tor, 998th, Anti-Venom, White Venom

Affil­i­a­tion: Agent Venom, Sav­age Six, Sin­is­ter Six, The Revengers, for­mer part­ner of Vengeance, Spider-Man, Scar­let Spi­der, F.E.A.S.T.

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Because of the bond­ing of an alien sym­biote (that once part­nered with Spider-Man/Peter Parker), as Toxin, Brock has the same basic abil­i­ties as Spider-Man. He can stick to walls, can change his iden­tity and has unlim­ited web­bing, envi­ron­men­tal cam­ou­flag­ing, quick-healing abil­i­ties and super­hu­man track­ing strength in which he can track any­one — not just other sym­biotes — as long as he has some­thing to begin from. As Venom, he has the same abil­i­ties such as super­hu­man strength, dura­bil­ity, sta­mina, speed, agility, reflexes, genetic mem­ory, off­spring detec­tion, spi­der sense, web­bing gen­er­a­tion and immu­nity to Spider-Man’s spi­der sense.

Back­ground: Eddie Brock grew up in an unlov­ing home with his father, who blamed him for the death of Eddie’s mother dur­ing child­birth. Brock began to exhibit signs of his future socio­pathic life dur­ing this time, mak­ing up sto­ries to gain atten­tion and move ahead in life. Brock began work­ing at the Daily Globe news­pa­per as a reporter and got mar­ried to Ann Wey­ing. Dur­ing his career in jour­nal­ism, Brock excelled but was even­tu­ally fired after he was made into a joke by unmask­ing the wrong man as the vil­lain known as Sin Eater. Brock sum­mar­ily lost his job and his wife divorced him. As he was humil­i­ated by Spider-Man, Brock saw the super­hero as the source of his prob­lems in life and devel­oped an intense hatred for Spider-Man.

As he was con­tem­plat­ing sui­cide in a cathe­dral one day, Spider-Man was bat­tling his recently acquired alien sym­biote. In an effort to defeat the alien life form, Spider-Man used sonic waves from the church’s bells to sever the bond between him­self and the suit. As the suit sep­a­rated, it was drawn to the near­est life force, which was Brock. Brock had become a ves­sel of pure hate and enmity toward Spider-Man, and the alien was drawn to and fueled by this hatred. Brock had also recently learned that he had adrenal can­cer, which caused his emo­tions to destabilize.

With the bond­ing of Brock and the sym­biote com­plete (Brock com­pletely bonded men­tally and phys­i­cally with the sym­biote; Spider-Man did not), he learned Spider-Man’s secret iden­tity and went on to wage all-out war against Parker and his loved ones. Despite his pen­chant for seek­ing the destruc­tion of Spider-Man, there have been peri­ods of truce and calm between the nat­ural foes. Oth­ers have taken up the man­tel of Venom as well, and Brock has since changed his name to Anti-Venom and most recently Toxin.

Rela­tion­ships: Ann Wey­ing (She-Venom), ex-wife; Jenna Cole (friend); Peter Parker (Spider-Man), alien sym­biote father spawn; Cle­tus Kasady (Car­nage), alien sym­biote father spawn; Beck Under­wood (ex-girlfriend)

First Ver­sus game appear­ance: Mar­vel vs. Capcom

Appear­ances in other media: Spider-Man (ani­mated series), Spider-Man Unlim­ited (ani­mated series), Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (ani­mated series), Ulti­mate Spider-Man (ani­mated series), Spider-Man 3 (film), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man vs. The King­pin (video game), Max­i­mum Car­nage (video game), Venom/Spider-Man: Sep­a­ra­tion Anx­i­ety (video game), Spider-Man (1995 and 2000, video game), Ulti­mate Spider-Man (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (video game), Mar­vel Neme­sis: Rise of the Imper­fects (video game), Spider-Man 3 (video game), Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (video game), Spider-Man: Web of Shad­ows (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (video game), Mar­vel Avengers: Bat­tle for Earth (video game), Mar­vel Heroes (video game), Lego Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man 2 (video game), Dis­ney Infin­ity: Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game)

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