Venom is one of the most enigmatic characters in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the point that he has become a fan favorite. The character was originally an evil supervillain but he soon became a more empathetic anti-hero. This shift in personality came about because of Venom’s popularity and his need to be more than just a Spider-Man villain. We would say the endeavor succeeded, considering the latest Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Yet there are a lot of questions people have about Venom. We will attempt to answer some of them today.
Questions People Have About Venom
What is Venom Vulnerable to?
Venom is one of the most basic symbiotes in the entire Marvel-verse. He is inherently weaker than all of his children because of a lack of special powers but he also has other weaknesses. The weaknesses that are shared by all the Klyntar are an aversion to fire and high-intensity sonic booms. This makes Venom susceptible to sonic cannons, something that Spider-Man has used often to defeat the villain. It is also one of the Dues ex machinas of the Spider-Man franchise.
The most popular outing of Venom in motion media is his role in Spider-Man 2000. The video game was itself a big hit among the fandom. But what made the game especially surreal was the inclusion of several Venom chase scenes. His presence was menacing and unnerving. One could not even touch the villain for the majority of the game. Not to mention the difficulty of the actual boss battle. All other appearances of the character (even the one in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3) pale in comparison to this one.
Is there more than one Venom?
Yes and No! The Marvel-verse is not a linear timeline. It is a collection of various universes inhabiting and existing with each other simultaneously in the multiverse. Some of these other universes have even darker variations of the character Venom. An example is the Dark Reign comic which features one of the most strange versions. This Venom bonded with a Skrull and multiplied, creating a horde akin to a symbiote army. There are other examples but the concept is that there are a bunch of Venoms scattered throughout the multiverse.
What exactly are the Powers of Venom?
Venom is a strange symbiote for he does not have any special powers of his own. The Klyntar can shapeshift like many others of his species but that is the extent of his inherent abilities. He copied all of Spider-Man’s powers when he fused with the hero and has continued to do things of similar nature. He even fused with Morbius and took on his powers. This switching of hosts has made Venom subsequently more powerful with every switch and this is the essence of the character in the comics. It might be considered that Venom is more a symbiote based on adaptability and improvisation. In this sense, he is a true villain to Spider-Man.
Does Venom have a team?
Venom is a strange character in some sense because he was introduced as a villain but soon turned into an antihero because of his popularity. Most notably because of Spider-Man The Animated Series. This means that the character has been a part of a large number of teams throughout the Marvel comicverse, including villains and heroes. Most notably the Sinister Six, the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, Secret Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men Blue, Symbiote Imperium, New Warriors, Agents of Cosmos, Savage Avengers, and S.H.I.EL.D.
Does Venom have a permanent Host?
Again, Yes and No! Although Eddie Brock has been the base of all the sinister acts of the entity knows as Venom, the black symbiote has moved onto other hosts before. He was originally bonded with Peter Parker, before moving on to Eddie Brock. There was also the incident where the black symbiote bonded with Morbius after leaving Brock. But he returned to Eddie to form Venom once again, more powerful than before. That is the kind of thing that happens in comics often. The most important thing to know is that Venom is the collection of the symbiote and Eddie, it is not the symbiote alone.
Who is Venom’s Villain?
This is the interesting part. There is no character in the Marvel comicverse quite as malleable as Venom. He started off as a villain but was changed to an anti-hero. Hence, he has battled both heroes and villains during his tenure as the resident symbiote. For a long time, he battled Spider-Man on equal footing. Then Carnage was born and Venom had someone truly evil to tackle so he had to suppress his urge to destroy Spider-Man for a bit longer. There is no one villain to Venom, just what the story demands.
What is the Origin of Venom?
There are several versions of the Origins of Venom. But the one accepted as true after the recent retcon is that Venom was a Symbiote created by the primordial God Knull. He was imprisoned by God along with several other members of his species. This prison was transported to Battleworld during secret wars where the symbiote was discovered by Spider-Man. Here the hero bonded with the symbiote to acquire his iconic black suit from the comics. This is the currently accepted version but it is liable to change, given how many times the origin has been retconned already.
When Was the first time we saw Venom?
This question is easily answered and relates to our last answer. The symbiote first appeared in May 1984’s The Amazing Spider-Man #252 where the black suit of Spider-Man was unveiled for the first time. The origins were explained in December 1984’s Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 where the Battleworld connection was showcased. Things made a lot more sense after the second issue. But the symbiote was explained properly after this comic.
Who Created the Character?
Interestingly, Stan Lee had no involvement in the creation of the comic character. It was Randy Schueller who created the concept and sent it to marvel. After which Mike Zeck designed the suit of the character and Roger Stern came up with the origin of the character. All of this coalesced into the character we know and love today as Venom.