Did Anti-Venom Return In Comics As A Set Up For The Venom Movie??

Spiderman and Venom share a long comic-book history of being at each others’ throats. The character of Venom featured in the Spiderman trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, but it was poorly done and executed. In fact, the director Sam Raimi confessed the fact that he never wanted Venom in the last installment but studio meddled and forced him to include him, as a result, it turned out to be a disaster.

Venom is a darker version of Spiderman who possess all his abilities and powers except his senses and an advanced Iron-Spidey suit designed by Stark Industries. He has the power to evolve and adapt itself to different environments, has the unique ability to embody all the abilities of his opponent which makes him an unstoppable monster. He can never run out of webs as his suit can generate endless webbing.

Even though Sony has allowed Spider-Man to swing back into the MCU for a while, they are not letting their other Spider-Man Universe characters go to waste. Sony is planning to start a Spiderverse without actually having Spider-Man in it.

It is now being reported that Venom is adapting classic 90’s Marvel comics based on Lethal Protector storyline that sees Eddie Brock becoming a hero in San Francisco. But there are elements that will be done differently.

There is a group of mercenaries who call themselves “The Jury”, their tech on suits is based on Tony Stark’s designs and since Venom is not part of MCU that part needs to be altered as well.

In this particular comic-book plot, Spiderman plays a huge role and we know he won’t be appearing so that part will be removed completely. Sony has confirmed that Tom Holland’s Spiderman won’t appear in Venom spin-off but there is a possibility of Venom showing up in future Spiderman movies. One might think that it is a totally dumb idea, but it might just not be.

As we all know by now that they are bringing a solo Venom movie in 2018 starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock aka Venom. Now, Sony’s entire plan ahead of this movie depends upon this one doing well as they have plans for Black Cat and Silver Sable as well.

If this movie works with the audiences, then we are totally in for a Venom-verse for sure. Well, the first attempt at the character did not go well at all as it turned out to be a disaster in Spider-Man 3. Now, it seems that Sony is in for redemption. As they have brought in one of the greatest actors in Hollywood to play this role.

Moreover, it’s now officially confirmed that Michelle Williams is joining the cast of the movie as the female lead. Well, the studio did’nt say specifically about her character but the only influential female role she could play in Venom movie is of She-Venom or Bride of Venom.

In July, it was reported that Ann Weying is being introduced in Venom. She first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #375 as the ex-wife of Eddie Brock, a successful lawyer turned into Bride of Venom. It is almost certain that she is playing this character as Michelle Williams is a serious actress who doesn’t do insignificant roles just for a paycheck.

Along with that, we know that the movie is going to have a huge character of the Spider-verse as the villain which is none other than Carnage! The popular actor Riz Ahmed will most likely play the iconic comic-book character.

Now what’s even more fascinating is that a popular version of Eddie Brock’s symbiotic relationship, the Anti-Venom, returned to life in Marvel Comics. But, that is not just it. There might be a bigger reason behind Anti-Venom coming back in the comics. His return could very be related to an increased Venom activity on the film front.

For those of you who don’t know about Anti-Venom and his history, here’s a little something for you. When Eddie Brock was de-bonded from the Venom symbiote, little traces of it were left in his body.

Later, when Brock started suffering from cancer, he volunteered to work at the F.E.A.S.T. Center. Martin Li aka Mr. Negative and founder of F.E.A.S.T. used his powers to cure Eddie’s cancer.

In the process, he accidentally infused the remnants of the symbiote in Eddie’s bloodstream with his power and fused them to his white blood cells which created a new hybrid symbiote which manifested when the Venom symbiote attempted to leave its then-current host and come back to Eddie.

This new symbiote had powerful healing powers and many other powers that differ from the Venom symbiote, producing antibodies that can cure any known disease and remove any other impurities within a human body.

Unlike other symbiotes, this symbiote is completely mindless and Eddie Brock can fully control his actions with it. This new Symbiote was then named Anti-Venom.

This big step taken in the current comics kicks off the Venom/Spider-Man crossover in a big way. But its timing is also curious with respect to the upcoming Venom movie.  The film is focused on Eddie Brock, and Tom Hardy recently confirmed the “Venom: Lethal Protector” six-part series as the key influence on the script of the upcoming flick.

Written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, this story debuted the anti-hero in 1993. This comic also had sinister corporate string-pullers who were called the Life Foundation that used Venom spawns, Agony, Scream, Lasher, Rio, and Phage to fulfill their agenda.


The return of Anti-Venom in the comics could also lay the groundwork for the future of Venom-verse. An established Venom Universe could lead to the Anti-Venom, which honestly could be a great direction to chase. Anti-Venom is a very popular character and his return in the comics could very well mean that he is being set up for Venom’s upcoming future.

Having Anti-Venom in the comic storyline would only excite fans even more when they see him being brought up in the movie as well. So what do you guys think? Is there a chance of Anti-Venom showing up in the coming Venom movie? Tell us in the comments.

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Vansh Mehra

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