It was the year 2011. Marvel had just started to realize the worth of the anti-heroes in their arsenal and how bog of a cash cow it was. In the same year, Marvel started to publish miniseries storylines based on the Symbiotes’ saga. Venom, Carnage, Kane and the others started to become more famous. Even though the symbiote superheroes became popular in the comic books, they failed to get any attention in the MCU. Marvel made sure that even their names weren’t mentioned in the Marvel movies. With the coming of Venom, that scenario had to change.
The enormous hype of Venom and the eventual merger of Disney and Fox have led to changes in the way the MCU is going to move forward in the near future. Marvel needs to find a way to welcome their fallen heroes back into the fold. And they might finally have. Presenting – Marvel just found an insane way to introduce Venom into the MCU!!!
The symbiotes have almost always been associated with evil. From the very first appearance of the symbiotes, they have corrupted and influenced their hosts in every evil way possible. Venom made the innocent Peter Parker commit heinous acts. Carnage literally turned a psychopath into a mass murdering maniac with superhuman abilities. The offsprings of the symbiotes have also been mostly associated with the path of evil. But can they ever be a force for good? And what is their actual origin story? Were the symbiotes always like this? Or were they once a benevolent and noble, peace-loving species? All these questions have been given answers to in the latest issue of Venom: First Host series of comic books.
Prepare to have your minds blown!!!
The origin of the symbiotes was explored in detail in the Guardians of the Galaxy miniseries a few years ago. And it was in that time that GOTG saw the greatest sale in their comic book figures within the entire sales figure for that quarter of Marvel Comics Publications. The symbiotes hail from a peaceful race of alien species called the Klyntar. And they thrived throughout the Marvel universe by attaching themselves to another species. But that connection wasn’t thought to be evil.
In fact, it was considered an honor when a Klyntar chose someone as a host and the bond was held in the highest regard by many species. But then, the Klyntar became subjects of experimentation for an evil group of Outsiders and all hell broke loose. The Klyntar were corrupted and mutilated to become the despicable species they are today.
The origin story is psychedelic as hell. So try and keep up. Before the Universe came into being, there existed a being simply known as Knull, a being of darkness and shadow. When the Universe was formed and the Celestials decided to take a morning stroll, they encountered Knull, who opposed creation. The Celestials fought back and Knull retaliated by killing one of them and pulling a symbiote like a sword from the dead Celestial’s corpse. Knull was later defeated by the other Celestials by the use of fire and sound. Knull is claimed by many, to be the first symbiote ever. And he was imprisoned in Klyntar, which just so happens to be the home planet of the symbiotes.
So how does the MCU factor in?
The guy who tells this story to Venom is Tel-Kar, a guy who wouldn’t have mattered in the long run had he not claimed that he was the first Venom ever!! Tel-Kar just so happens to be a Kree. Ring any bells? The Kree and the Skrulls are going to be featured extensively in Captain Marvel, the next in line MCU movie. If the first-ever Venom in Marvel comics was a Kree, could it somehow be mentioned in the Venom movie? The symbiotes do have an ability to retain memories of their previous hosts. Can Eddie Brock’s Venom symbiote show these memories to him, thus creating a connection between Fox’s Venom and Disney’s Captain Marvel and effectively, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe??