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|Full Name:||Edward Charles Allan Brock|
|First Appearance:|| Web of Spider-Man Vol. #18 (as Eddie Brock)|
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #299 (as Venom)
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #569 (as Anti-Venom)
Venom Vol. 2 #17 (as Toxin)
|Created by:|| David Michelinie|
|Place of Birth:||San Francisco, California|
|Base:||New York City|
|Affiliations:||None; formerly Savage Six, Sinister Six, Revengers; former partner of Vengeance, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider.|
|Powers/Abilities:||Expert Reporter, Skilled Symbiote Hunter|
|Height:|| 6' 3" (1.91 m) (As Eddie Brock)|
Variable (As Venom)
|Weight:|| 260 lbs (As Eddie Brock)|
Variable (As Venom)
|Hair Color:|| Blond (As Eddie Brock)|
None (As Venom)
|Eye Color:|| Blue (As Eddie Brock)|
Black (As Venom)
|Unique Features:||Fangs and green tongue as Toxin|
"I live for these moments, Spider-Man. Me... Eddie Brock. Beating you down... Like the weak-kneed little boy that you are... And then leaving you there. Broken, knowing that any time I want... We can come back and do it again."
Since his debut, Eddie has treaded the line between hero and villain, sometimes working to destroy Spider-Man, other times working with him.
As a child, Edward Allan Charles Brock was raised as a Roman Catholic in a suburban city in San Francisco. Eddie's father was cold and unloving towards him because he blamed him for his wife's death during childbirth. Eddie constantly attempted to obtain his father's approval, through things like excelling in school, instead he only received cold-hearted encouragement. Eddie often stole things from other children, just so he could "find" these items to gain their friendship.
In his teenage years, he gained entrance to Empire State University's journalism program, fabricating an internship, he romanced a law student named Anne Weying. Though exceptional in athletics, Brock switched his major in college to journalism after reading an article on the Watergate scandal. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City, married Anne, became a member of the Associated Press, and obtained a job as a journalist for the Daily Globe. He proved himself to be highly talented, although this did not get his father's approval.
From Success to Failure
Brock faced down the shadowy alien Krobaa, and uncovered an illegal human testing program at Devlin-MacGregor Pharmaceuticals, but threats on Anne's life prevented him from reporting on the latter. He later began to suffer from severe anxiety, which was soon discovered to be a symptom of adrenal cancer. With just months to live, he wanted to break a big story. Brock thought he had found this story when he was accidentally contacted by Emil Gregg, who claimed to be the serial killer Sin-Eater. Eddie then wrote front-page exclusives of the Sin-Eater, protecting his identity under the First Amendment, until a crisis of conscience forced him to write an exclusive article revealing Gregg as the Sin-Eater.
Although that edit of the paper sold out immediately, that same day, Spider-Man soon revealed the true identity of the Sin-Eater to be Detective Stan Carter. Gregg was found to be Carter's delusional neighbor, making Brock a laughingstock among his fellow journalists. Fired from the Daily Globe, he was forced to write venomous drivel for a tawdry tabloid. Anne left him, his father disowned him, and his future appeared to be over. Soon after, Brock began an intense physical workout program hoping to reduce the stress his life had become. However, such physical exertions only increased his violent obsession with Spider-Man. Although his body had been honed to near-perfection, Brock’s mind was reduced to a consuming vessel of hatred.
Birth of VenomSome time after Eddie's life took drastic changes, and he found out about his impending death, he decided to commit suicide. As he was visiting Our Lady of Saints Church to beg forgiveness from God for this mortal sin, Spider-Man was using the church's bells to take off his symbiotic alien costume.
As the symbiote detached from Spider-Man due to the sound, it trickled down to Brock, feeding on his despair, adrenaline, and fierce hatred. The symbiote merged mentally and physically with Brock, whose bubbling hatred overwhelmed the compassion the alien had acquired from Spider-Man. The dominant thought on both the symbiote and Brock's minds was that of Spider-Man but Brock’s sheer hatred for the wall-crawler had twisted the symbiote’s feelings.
Brock’s emotions drove the symbiote insane, just as their bonding drove Brock over the edge. Brock soon discovered that the costume had given him all of Spider-Man's powers as well as others. It also added bulk to his already large frame and increased his strength to superhuman levels. Calling themselves "Venom", Brock and the symbiote sprouted a monstrous grin and plotted their revenge. Through the costume, Venom learned a great deal about Spider-Man's secret identity. After fleeing the church, Venom killed a police officer.
Stalking the SpiderBrock taunted Peter with minor assaults, such as pushing him in front of an oncoming train and then grabbing his ankle while scaling an Atlantic City building. The alien costume could cancel out the wall-crawler’s spider-sense presumably by projecting conflicting frequencies upon Spider-Man's brain waves. Venom finally made a bold move when he confronted Parker's wife, Mary Jane Watson, at their old Chelsea apartment. Although Venom’s twisted sense of morality did not allow him to physically harm Mary Jane, Spider-Man immediately realized the nature of this threat, taking the time to retrieve the sonic blaster from the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man challenged Venom at Our Lady of Saints Church. Although he fired the blaster at Venom, Spider-Man soon discovered that the symbiote could not be separated from Brock because it had completely bonded with him. Spider-Man, trying to escape and rethink his options, was caught by Venom and secured to the inside of the church bell with a considerable amount of webbing. Spider-Man narrowly escaped the bell’s crushing clapper, before defeating Venom by forcing him to deplete his webbing supply of which the alien symbiote was actually comprised. Before the alien could regenerate enough of its mass to become a stronger threat, Spider-Man brought Venom to the Fantastic Four, who imprisoned him in a sonic containment cell.
The Fantastic Four then shipped Venom to a government super-prison in the Colorado Rockies called the Vault. A young Guardsman, Hugh Taylor, who had just been assigned to the Vault was fooled into thinking that Venom was a fallen colleague and released the gate mechanism. Venom killed the naive guard and escaped to New York City. To avenge his son, General Orwell Taylor founded the armored vigilante team known as the Jury.
Brock resumed his vendetta by brutalizing the Black Cat, menacing May Parker and besting Spider-Man in combat on an isolated Long Island beach. However, this time, Spider-Man used psychological warfare on Venom, taunting the alien symbiote into returning to him. The symbiote, torn by its love-hate feelings for Spider-Man, tried to leave Brock and to re-establish its link with its original owner, but the trauma of trying to detach itself from Brock’s nervous system was too much to bear. Both the alien costume and Eddie Brock were knocked unconscious and subsequently returned to the Vault, incarcerated once again.
Some time later, Brock led a mass Vault breakout, requiring the Avengers and the Freedom Force to contain the super-villains. Later, he pretended the symbiote had died before going to trial, being defended by Matt Murdock and pleaded innocent since the alien overshadowed him, but he was later caught lying.
Eddie then faked his own suicide and escaped the Vault again. He attacked Spider-Man in Central Park, but abandoned the battle to save an innocent baby. Returning to his underground lair, Venom was followed by Spider-Man, who was being followed by Styx and Stone. Venom unintentionally became involved in the plot when the two attempted to follow him through the sewers in the hope of finding Spider-Man. Unfortunately for them, Venom escaped the sewers. After yet another fight with Spider-Man, Styx and Stone found the two and attempted to kill him. Fortunately for Spidey, albeit in a inconvenient way, Venom would not allow anyone else to kill Spider-Man, saving himself. Attacking the two, a brawl ensued before Styx, touching the symbiote, killing it in the process. With the symbiote seemingly dead, Eddie Brock was sent to an ordinary prison.
Short Reprieve and an Uneasy Alliance
In Riker's Island, he made enemies with Cletus Kasady. Later it was revealed the symbiote was merely sent into a comatose state, apparently immune to Earthly diseases. Returning to Eddie Brock the two easily escaped. However, during the breakout, the suit left a red and small spawn behind, which would transform Kasady into Carnage. No one would be aware of this new threat for months. Eddie captured Spider-Man and battled him on a deserted island in the Caribbeans, away from innocent lives in the hopes of killing him alone. However, Spider-Man later realized that Venom would only be happy if he knew that Spider-Man was dead. Spider-Man faked his death, which made Venom believe that he had died, and escaped. Happy at last, Venom saw there was no reason to return to civilization, having all he needed on the island.
Darkhawk hijacked a cargo plane which crashed onto the island. The two fought mostly because Venom desired his privacy. After the symbiote sensed Powell's innocence, misled the hero into thinking he was dead. It also sensed his peaceful solitude, it was interrupted by his stint as an unwitting pawn of Nightmare.A few months later however, the megalomaniac serial killer, Carnage began to go on a mass-murdering rampage throughout Manhattan, killing hundreds of people. Spider-Man attempted to stop him, but swiftly learned that he was outmatched. Realizing that Carnage possessed a symbiote, Peter reluctantly realized that he needed Venom's help in order to stop the menace. Contacting the Human Torch, they travelled to the Caribbean island where Venom resided. When Venom realized that Spider-Man was alive, he attacked the two. After a brief spat, Venom listened to what Spider-Man had to say. Promising to help Spider-Man stop Carnage in exchange for his freedom, Spider-Man reluctantly agreed starting the first of many uneasy alliances with each other.
Returning to New York, Venom and Spider-Man attempted to stop Carnage from rampaging twice with equal failure. In their final attempt at Madison Square Garden they stopped Carnage after he began trying to kill J. Jonah Jameson. Turning on the sound system to the maximum frequency, Spider-Man stopped Carnage. He then proceeded to use the sound waves on Venom before he attacked him, still possessing enough hatred and strength to choke him. His attempt to kill the wall-crawler, however, was stopped by the Fantastic Four, who Venom realized were behind this plan all along. Venom's hatred for Spider-Man now grew greater than ever. Venom escaped when Hag and Troll killed the Vault Guardsmen, transporting him to prison. Brock wanted to avenge the murders, which led him into a battle with a legion of Deathspawn with Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze.
After some time, Venom finally sought Spider-Man in what was meant to be their last battle to end it all. Learning that Parker's long-lost parents had resurfaced (unaware they were actually robot duplicates), Venom kidnapped them in order to protect their innocence from his corruption. Spider-Man contacted Eddie's ex-wife, Ann Weying, in order to gain info on his whereabouts, which led Spider-Man to Thrill World, where he found Venom waiting. Eddie noticed Anne, who travelled there to try reaching him one last time. As the Wild Pack arrived, a battle ensued. An amusement ride fell next to Anne and Eddie couldn't hold it on his own. As Eddie started to falter, Spider-Man assisted him in holding the tremendous weight, and together they tossed the ride aside. Afterwards, Venom began to resume the fight with Spider-Man, but Anne stopped him, reminding Eddie that Spider-Man just saved an innocent life. Pondering this fact for a moment, Eddie realized that by not killing Spider-Man, more innocent lives could be saved. Venom then made a deal with him. So long as Spider-Man did not go after them, they would not go after him. Agreeing to the terms, Spider-Man watched as Venom attached a web line to a nearby helicopter, departing for a new city where he wouldn't interfere.
Lethal ProtectorAfter dealing a truce with Spider-Man, Venom relocated to his home town of San Francisco. Some cops recognize Eddie Brock and try to bring him in, but he turns into Venom and resists arrest, incapacitating them. Spider-Man reads about how Venom’s beating up police officers and breaks the truce by going to find him. Venom saved a handful of homeless people from being abused by criminals, and in gratitude revealed their underground society descended from survivors of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Seeking revenge for Venom's murder of his son, General Orwell Taylor sent his task force called the Jury, to take down Venom, but ultimately failed. Venom was then taken prisoner by the Life Foundation, and forcefully made to spawn five more symbiotes. During this time Venom managed to convince a pursuing Spider-Man that he was dedicated to protecting innocent people enough to solicit his help; though Spider-Man remained wary of Venom's ruthless aggression. He managed to incapacitate the other symbiotes, and escaped the Life Foundation. The man responsible for the Life Foundation and the symbiotes, Roland Treece, planned on killing the underground civilization in order to obtain a large mass of gold supposedly buried within it. Enlisting Spider-Man's aid once again the two thwarted his evil scheme. Saving the citizens of the underground city, awarded him their vote of acceptance to take up residence there.
When Venom heard the news of Carnage leading a massacre across NYC, he went there to stop the villain but was out numbered by Carnage and his minions. He took up alliance with Spider-Man and many other super hero's in an effort to stop Carnage and his henchmen. Venom advocated the use of lethal force against Carnage but Spider-Man refused this tactic, putting them at odds. The heroes eventually succeeded, with Venom tackling Carnage into a generator system, rendering him unconscious. Spider-Man & Black Cat believe that Venom sacrificed his body to save them from Carnage. Venom survived and eventually returns home.
During his time of vigilantism, Eddie crossed paths with other superheros and anti-heroes such as the Punisher, Wolverine, Daredevil, Iron Man, Morbius, Mace and Vengeance. In one of these encounters, he attempted to rid himself of his symbiote's weakness to fire and sound by acquiring a bio-virus, but was convinced by Daredevil that his weakness actually provided him an opportunity to prove himself as a hero.
Eddie became romantically involved with Beck Underwood, a lawyer and an above-ground contact of the underground society. A company called Scarmore Inc. was behind some illegal experiments in which they tried to mix their toxic waste with mercury, however all the substance did was sicken anyone who worked with it, both physically and mentally. Scarmore Inc. hired Black Tom and Juggernaut to take her out, but Venom confronted the mercenaries. The Mercury Virus turned out to be sentient. Venom landed in a pool of the Mercury Virus which proceeded to bond with him and augmented his strength drastically while simultaneously turning him insane. Venom broke into the Scarmore building at night and killed the president of the company, who was actually just a janitor resting in his chair. The Juggernaut confronted him, and the two fought until Venom fell into another dimension called the Realm of Insanity. A necromancer (taking the appearance of Ghost Rider) explained that every time someone went mad they fell into the Realm of Insanity for an amount of time, and the degree of Venom's madness meant that he could remain there indefinitely. Venom negotiated with Dusk, ruler of the realm, and was sent back to Earth.
Juggernaut was holding Beck hostage, Venom burst in and attacked Marko and the two fought until Juggernaut got fed up and left. Beck ended their relationship due to all that had happened and Venom extracted the Mercury Virus from his system. Despite everything, Venom respected the sentient virus and welcomed a reunion if he ever needed a power boost.
The HungerDuring his wandering of New York, deprived of sleep, Eddie grew more and more delusional with people appearing as demons and monsters to him. Everything he ate tasted like garbage, and he had a craving for something but did not know what it was. Using his old resources and skills as journalist to find trouble, he went to a bar filled with the corrupt and started a fight for the sake of punishing the guilty and working up an appetite. He took down everyone in the bar fight with little effort, and proceeded to feed on one of the men's brains, however hearing the other bar patron's screams snapped him out of his feeding. To Eddie’s disgust, he felt the symbiote asking him for more; Eddie stood up to his other and refused to feed it. The symbiote separated from Eddie and went off on its own. In his attempts to warn the innocents of New York about the symbiote, Eddie, nude without the symbiote was arrested. He was eventually handed over to Doctor Paine.
Paine thought that Eddie had organic brain syndrome, but unknown proteins in his system, enlarged pores and a severe lack of phenethylamine in his brain proved otherwise. Paine listened to Eddie, and he was allowed to leave the hospital (due to Paine's ulterior motives). Eddie stocked up on different supplies so as to better combat his "other," since he decided that he could not live with what it had become. The symbiote had a mental link that allowed Eddie to see through its attempt to ambush him and Eddie first tried to talk to the creature, but it raged at him and he had no choice but to fight it. Eventually, he downed the alien and had it at his mercy. Stating the symbiote was sick, he gave it a dose of phenethylamine, which he overheard Dr. Paine mention. Having eaten away all it could leech from Eddie, the symbiote needed it from other sources. The other brains couldn’t feed it nearly as much as Eddie’s due to his emotional attachment and after digesting it the alien calmed down.
Dr. Paine and his Orderlies ambushed them, took the symbiote and left Eddie. After escaping an explosion, he sensed that Paine was torturing and experimenting on the symbiote. He snuck into the complex and found the symbiote and freed it to become Venom again. With his powers returned, Venom defeated the Orderlies before impaling Doctor Paine. Wanting to torture him, Paine retorted to Venom that he wouldn’t be able to feel any of it; in response, Venom absorbed all the phenethylamine from the doctor's brain leaving him with an insatiable hunger for brains. Later, Eddie found out that chocolate was also a good source of phenethylamine, removing the need to feed.
Return to Villainy
Venom was recruited via an ultimatum by the government to be a special operations counter-terrorist agent. Venom agreed, but one stipulation of the deal did not sit too well with him. A bomb was planted in his chest to assure complete and utter obedience. After a few missions, Venom became tired of the situation and had the symbiote perform surgery on him and extracted the bomb. A brouhaha ensued where in the end result was Eddie Brock lying unconscious and the symbiote "dead", only to return later on and re-join with Eddie. Thus Venom was again looking to square things with Spider-Man once again. He had lost his memory and no longer knew the secret identity of Spider-Man, but knew that a deep seated hatred resonated within him for the wall-crawler.
Shortly after the reunion, Venom joined the Sinister Six for a brief period in order to get at Spider-Man. After being scorned by the group, he hunted down certain members of the team for revenge including Electro, the Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Later, Eddie Brock approached his ex-wife Anne Weying, and at the thought of having the symbiote back in her life she jumped out of her apartment window and killed herself. Venom blamed Spider-Man, whom he had a skirmish with right before Anne died. Thus the hatred for the old Web-Slinger was fueled even more.
The Birth of Toxin
During a battle with Carnage, Venom explained the birthing process to Carnage, Carnage was disgusted and fled, as he was about to give birth to another symbiote, he was threatened by its existence and attempted to destroy it. Venom however, wanted to raise and train the new symbiote as an ally and partner. Weakened by the actual birthing, Carnage was unable to kill the newborn. Supplanting the symbiote in Patrick Mulligan, a New York City cop, it would later return. Venom named the new symbiote Toxin, after himself because they knew how powerful Toxin would be, and because his host was a cop, he would most likely be a good guy that they can make a temporary alliance with. Because of that, they had to kill him, but in the end they were defeated.
Life with Cancer and the "Inner Venom"After an extended period of inactivity, Venom was resurfaced with cancer, and the only thing keeping him alive was the symbiote, who did not want him anymore. After seeing a spiritual movie, Eddie decided to sell his symbiote off in an auction, swearing off his life of vigilantism. The winner of the auction was the the gang lord Don Fortunato. He gave the symbiote to his son, Angelo, in hopes that Angelo would finally make a name for himself. The symbiote eventually left Angelo to die in mid-air. The symbiote passed on to Mac Gargan, the Scorpion. Brock was discovered after making an attempt to kill himself, and was hospitalized.
He was rapidly succumbing physically to his cancer and experiencing hallucinations of the symbiote, representing his dark side. After a while of being tormented by his other, he spotted Mary Jane Watson-Parker watching over Aunt May who had been seriously wounded by a bullet. Eddie had no idea what to do, but his dark side then persuaded him to order a black suit similar to Peter's and put it on.
Making a decision to go and try to murder Aunt May while she was in a coma, Eddie Brock embodied the black costume and set out to kill her, first murdering a nurse for getting in his way. But after sneaking into Aunt May's room, Brock had a change of heart, finding he could not murder someone as innocent as Aunt May. Peter entered the room moments later to find Brock sitting on the shattered window, having slit his own wrists dozens of times. Believing he had done too many terrible things to live on he jumped off, but Peter broke his fall by catching him. Brock awakened from his chained bed, deciding to take better control of himself for the remaining days he had left.
Anti-Venom: New Ways To DieEddie started working for Mr. Li and Aunt May at the F.E.A.S.T. center. There he worked serving food to the homeless. Thanks to Mr. Li's "mysterious powers". Eddie was cured of both his cancer and the remnants of the symbiote. Unfortunately, the current Venom entered the F.E.A.S.T. center looking for Spider-Man. He found Eddie and the symbiote began to crawl onto him again. However, Mr. Li's powers clash with the takeover and they formed Anti-Venom. Later in a fight against Spider-Man, he noticed his foe rescue an innocent old man. Inspired, Anti-venom helped Spider-Man cure the current Venom. He engaged Venom in a fight, and after receiving some help from Spider-Man, cured Gargan of the symbiote, but also felt some remnants of the symbiote inside Peter's blood and began "curing" him as well, but also ended up sucking the radiation from Spider-Man's blood, something that might depower him.
Later, the Thunderbolts guards arrived to take the disabled Gargan to the ship while Songbird and Radioactive Man battled Spider-Man and Anti-Venom. After the fight, Anti-Venom snuck on the Thunderbolts ship and stole back Peter Parker's camera, looted by Norman Osborn in a bid to reverse engineer the tracing system allowing the camera to zero in on Spider-Man's chest. He was able to help Peter escape Osborn's tracer and forewarns him about the villain's next move in a show of friendship and good-will.Anti-Venom led Spider-Man to Oscorp and the two split up. Brock disguised himself as Spider-Man to distract the other Thunderbolts while Spider-Man went after Osborn. After webbing up Songbird and Radioactive Man to a wall, Anti-Venom faced Gargan, who was now wearing a new Scorpion battle-suit to protect his recovering symbiote. After a gruelling battle, Gargan (as Scorpion), hit Anti-Venom with his stinger and injected a poisonous formula that seemingly destroyed Brock's symbiote. Gargan (now Venom) advanced to kill Brock but was met with resistance by his Venom symbiote. The symbiote gained strength and broke though Gargan's battle suit, refusing to let Gargan kill Brock. Gargan explained that the alien still loved Brock too much and gave up, but he promised Brock that he would get past this problem and someday finish him off, to which Brock replied "Not if I kill you first". Unknown to Gargan, Brock's Anti-Venom suit was reformed. Now a fugitive for helping Spider-Man and fighting the Thunderbolts, Brock was back on the streets, planning to continue his former vigilante anti-hero career with seemingly increased religious emphasis as The Anti-Venom. He even cured a young girl, Jenna Cole, from her heroin addiction.
Brock was the first person to find out that Martin Li was Mister Negative. In the end, Eddie questioned his own faith and cried out that no one would believe him because he was a monster.Working with Jenna Cole, Eddie fought crime in the slummy areas of New York, having separated themselves from the F.E.A.S.T. foundation. As Anti-Venom, he would "cure" the streets of drug traders by using an undercover Jenna to lure them out. He became increasingly mentally unstable, however, reverting back to his "Venom" personality, and was overtly/near-lethally protective of Jenna. At a drug bust, Eddie walked in on the Quintas gang after they had captured Jenna, preparing to transform until the Punisher intervened. Anti-Venom and Castle slaughtered the criminals until a gang member took Jenna hostage. Eddie stopped Castle from shooting the gang member through Jenna, however upon hearing his full name ("Eddie Brock, the serial killer") he shot Anti-Venom in the head with a shotgun. Anti-Venom recovered and attacked the Punisher in retaliation. Eddie and the Punisher almost killed each other, but Eddie declared a truce, saying that if the Punisher didn't back down he'd make him go to Mexico with him in a wheelchair and that he could drive the Punisher's van. The Punisher agreed to the truce, but tried to kill Eddie again during the border crossing with a knife. He dropped Eddie off at the compound, figuring Eddie would die instead of him, and this way he planned to take care of two birds with one stone. When he talked on the phone to the leader of the Quintas gang and found that Jenna had relapsed and was doing drugs again, Eddie lost control and tore one of the Quintas in half in a fit of rage. After killing the remaining guards, Eddie rejoined the Punisher, and the two launched an attack on the Quintas. In the end of the raid, Eddie found a severely drugged Jenna, who seemed afraid of his Anti-Venom costume. After withdrawing the symbiote into himself, Eddie managed to calm her down. At this point, the Punisher attempted to snipe Eddie from a distance, but ultimately decided not to, only to discover he had run out of ammo. After the Punisher left, Jenna and Eddie took a jeep and returned home.
Return of Anti-Venom
One night, Anti-Venom went to the harbor to deal with one of Mister Negative's drug shipments and encountered Wraith who had got there first. Later, after assuming a disguise as a civilian, he observed May Parker Jameson have a seizure from meeting with Martin Li for the first time in a while (due to a memory relapse when she discovered his secret), causing Brock to realize that May also stumbled onto Martin Li's secret.Once Li left the center, Anti-Venom attacked his car only to fight a confused Spider-Man who didn't know what was going on, only for Anti-Venom to capture him and web him to a pillar in his hideout. Even though Spider-Man didn't believe his story about Li being Mister Negative, Anti-Venom brought him to the museum and webbed him to a statue so he could witness the truth as Mister Negative had heroin shipped there that was placed within ancient Chinese terracotta statues. But Mister Negative was waiting for him and defeated Anti-Venom by using his sword filled with his negative energy to disable Anti-Venom's healing powers (due to Negative's power being the source of his power). Once Wraith arrived and freed Spider-Man, and Spider-Man defeated Mister Negative, Wraith used her face recognition to confirm Anti-Venom was telling the truth. Afterwards, Spider-Man removed the sword from Anti-Venom and they put an end to their previous relationship.
The RevengersRecently Eddie Brock has been recruited by Simon Williams to serve in his new Anti-Avengers team called The Revengers. The Revengers defeated the New Avengers at Avengers Mansion, and later, they called a press conference at court, where the Avengers appeared to confront them. After failing discussions with Wonder Man, Iron Man trapped him in his ionic form in a containment unit. Not willing to fight with too many civilians near, Thor teleported the Revengers to the Citi Field, where they were subdued by both The Avengers and The New Avengers and were later imprisoned. Venom was sent to get him, and a fight was erupted between them, during which the symbiote briefly re-bonded to Brock. However, he was visibly terrified as they bonded, even shedding tears. However, Flash managed to call the symbiote back to him, and took Eddie to Horizon labs. As a final ultimatum, Reed Richards proposes to Eddie to use his symbiote as a cure to be distributed to everyone, however he would no longer be able to become Anti-Venom again. As a result, without the symbiote, Eddie is now considered "the hero" of Spider-Island.
"No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. Venom's old news... All played out. These days I prefer to be called-- Toxin!"
Joining the FBI
The FBI caught up with Toxin and had him in their sights for nearly a week until Brock finished dealing with Philadephia's gangs. They detained him with the employ of sonic cannons, but they saw the good Toxin could do and offered an opportunity. Toxin became an agent for the FBI, with his superior Claire Dixon using a symbiote dampener to control the symbiote, and let Brock use it as long as he followed orders, but only when needed.
Under Dixon's command, Eddie, John Jameson III, and Manuel Calderon instigated a trap to capture Carnage that resulted in Jameson, Carnage and several other agents being trapped in Grey Ridge Mine, Virgina. The team delved deeper into the mine to confront Carnage, ultimately discovering the entire operation and its downfall. The plan was partly orchestrated by the mine's owner Barry Gleason to sacrifice Carnage in a temple hidden deep within the mines for a Chthonic ritual. The team failed to apprehend Carnage, who had been empowered by Gleason's ritual instead of being killed, and had escaped with the ritual's book, the Darkhold.Even after the Anti-Carnage task force was discharged by the FBI, it continued operating with funding from Victoria Montesi, an occult expert looking for the Darkhold. Early into their new adventure, they were joined by Jubulile van Scotter, a young woman who assisted Kassady on her boat when she found him adrift, unaware he was a homicidal lunatic. Jubulile had also been merged to a symbiote in a failed attempt from Carnage to control her before she escaped from him. Brock saw his team's subsequent quest to find Carnage and stop him from unleashing dark evils on the world as a signal that God was giving him a second chance to atone for his past wrong doing, and tried to become a better man. While tracking down Carnage, Brock also became very protective towards Jubulile, who had been discovered to share a psychic bond with Carnage.
Brock's team finally located Carnage after the maniac delved deep into a mysterious uncharted island. Unfortunately, they arrived late, as Carnage had reached an ancient temple where he started a ritual to summon the Elder God Chthon. As they came closer to Carnage, the psychic influence over Jubulile from the Carnage symbiote grew stronger. In a last-ditch effort to prevent Jubulile from being taken over by Carnage, Eddie gave her the Toxin symbiote in hopes its presence in her body could diminish Carnage's influence. Eddie was initially reluctant due to the risk it posed for Jubulile to have two symbiotes, but she convinced him to give her the symbiote.
The Toxin symbiote empowered with her own symbiote and yet another one she absorbed, Jubulile confronted Chthon when he arrived. After Montesi took the Darkhold from Carnage and used it to empower Jubulile with psychic energies of the entire world, she managed to banish Chthon. When the dust settled, the Anti-Carnage task force disbanded. Their members bid farewell to each other, as they parted ways.
Return as Venom
Takes place when Hydra’s Secret Empire was about to begin, Venom was fighting Jack’O Lantern at night, but was recently sent to another universe to join other reality’s hosts of Venom to avoid being brainwashed and drained by a Klythar predator known as Poisons. The Venom hosted heroes have no other choice but to summon Carnage/Cletus Kasady of another universe, where he succeeded murders both Eddie and Spider-Man. Much better, the alternate Deadpool, who at first as one of the Venom’s host and now a Poison, immune to the symbiotic predator’s control and life drain, as part of the infiltration for the surviving Venom hosted heroes to escape successfully.
Return of Norman Osborn
Eddie, under alias of “Sym”, deferred from Klynthar’s classified Earth name “symbiote”, working at certain office. He is soon summoned by Jonah an urgent critical situation regarding of Norman Osborn’s return with Cletus’ Carnage symbiote as the “Red Goblin” to murder Peter Parker’s closed loved ones, including Norman’s own family. Venom, followed by Superior Doctor Octopus are dispatched to protect Mary Jane and May Parker at Stark’s office and May’s Apartment respectively before Norman (accompanied by his eldest grandson he brainwashed with a Carnage symbiote cell under alias of “Goblin Childe”, Normie Lyman) does to give Spider-Man a perfect time to arrive there. He and Doc Ock was thought to be the invaders at first, until Norman and the brainwashed Normie arrived to began their attacks. As Norman and his brainwashed grandson failed attempt to murder May and MJ escaped, Eddie gave Spider-Man the Venom suit to counteract Norman’s stolen Carnage suit before Spider-Man follows Norman to May’s apartment, with Eddie keep an eye on MJ safely until Norman’s arrest. Flash/Anti-Venom III soon arrived in time to cure MJ and Eddie from the spiky infection which Norman infected, just as Flash cured the rest of Norman’s victims.
At time when Normie break free from his grandfather’s influence upon finally sees how horrible his grandfather is towards his own family, Flash Thompson’s heroic death, then Cletus’ will on the Carnage suit began to control Norman, Spider-Man tells the Venom suit to return to Eddie, just as Norman, now seen in his Green Goblin costume removed the Carnage symbiote to settle score between them as a regular super humans.
He later attends Flash’s funeral on the next day.
Powers & Abilities
- Symbiotic Costume: Eddie Brock is the individual to truly bond with the symbiote, seeing as Peter Parker did not allow it to complete the process, gaining many of the same powers that Spider-Man possesses in conjunction with the symbiote's natural abilities. The alien costume, which had grafted itself to the nervous system of Eddie Brock, somehow mimicked the powers of Spider-Man during its brief symbiotic relationship with him. These mimicked powers had been transferred to Brock, so long as he wore the costume, and combined with Eddie's natural bulk made Venom physically stronger than Spider-Man. The symbiote grants Eddie the following powers:
- Superhuman Strength: Before he came contact with the costume, Brock had conditioned himself to bench 66.000 lb. After bonding with the symbiote, the costume added Spider-Man's superhuman strength to Brock's peak human strength, making him more powerful than Spider-Man. However, his strength often fluctuates. Venom has demonstrated strength ranging slightly greater than Spider-Man's to being capable of trading blows with high powered individuals such as the Juggernaut. This is caused by the several mutations that the symbiote took with Brock, gaining additional bulk and muscle mass over long periods of time with its host.
- Superhuman Speed: Venom can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. his speed also surpasses even that of Spider-Man, he can move faster than the eye can see.
- Superhuman Agility: Venom's agility, balance and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete, his agility also surpasses even that of Spider-Man, he can perform acrobatic and gymnastic stunts.
- Superhuman Durability: Venom's body is highly resistant to physical injury, and is capable of withstanding assault from high-caliber bullets as well as attacks from super powered individuals. When distributed at a typical thickness over Brock's body, the symbiote is capable of absorbing bullets from small-arms weapons firing conventional ammunition. The symbiote is however particularly vulnerable to sonic and heat-based attacks.
- Superhuman Stamina: Venom is also capable of surviving in harmful areas for long periods of time such as underwater or in toxic gases, the symbiote filtering breathable air.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Venom's reflexes are enhanced to react faster than any normal human being. his reflexes also superior to Spider-Man's.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: He is capable of healing injuries at a faster rate than normal human healing allows. he is also capable of healing injuries and illnesses that current human medical care cannot. This was first used when Carnage broke his arm and Venom made a full recovery from the bone injury.
- Webbing Generation: Venom can shoot strands of alien's substance in the form of webbing at high pressure and speeds. The alien's substance seems to be composed of organic polymers, which regenerate swiftly after "shedding". The strands have extraordinary adhesive properties, which diminish rapidly once they abandon their source. After about three hours, with no source to nourish them, the strands dry try like dead skin and dissolve into a powder. The strands possess a tensile strength of 125 pounds per square millimeter of cross section. The one limitation to this ability was used to Spider-Man's advantage during their second boat; Since the webbing itself comprises the costume, If Venom generates too much he will be left vulnerable as the symbiote is weakened and unable to replenish his lost mass for a short period of time. In addition to creating webbing, Brock can use the symbiote in the form of tentacles or tendrils to attack or ensnare his opponents.
- Wall-Crawling: The alien costume also replicates Spider-Man's ability to stick to any surface, no matter how rough or slippery by controlling the flux of inter-atomic attraction between molecular boundary layers.
- Offspring Detection: The symbiote is capable of psychically detecting its offspring, however with effort this ability can be blocked.
- Genetic Memory: The symbiote possesses some psychic ability, making it capable of obtaining information form its hosts; The symbiote is capable of recalling information from previous hosts. This ability allows Eddie Brock to know the secret identity of Spider-Man when the symbiote bonded to him. It can however, be forced to forget the information if the symbiote is inflicted with heavy trauma.
- Extrasensory Awareness Venom possesses an extra sensory ability similar to Spider-Man's spider-sense as the alien costume detects danger from any direction and alerts Brock instantly. The symbiote also gives him superb awareness of his entire surroundings.
- Immunity to Spider-Man's Spider-Sense: Due to Spider-Man being the first host of the symbiote, Venom is undetectable to Spider-Man's Spider-Sense. Venom is capable of attacking Spider-Man without alerting him, Making Venom a deadly foe. Due to Ben Reilly aka The Scarlet Spider being a clone of Peter Parker/Spider-Man before Peter himself bonded to the symbiote, Brock was not undetectable to The Scarlet Spider's Spider-Sense.
- Constituent Matter Generation: Venom can also use the same substance comprising the symbiote in the form of constituent black matter or goo, and uses it in this method for lethal force against criminals. Venom can send a part of the symbiote and direct its movements into a victim's body, smothering them from the inside.
- Camouflage Capabilities: The symbiote is capable of mimicking the appearance of any form of clothing, camouflaging with its surroundings and even mimicking other people. Brock prefers a form of clothing was a black shirt, jacket and pants.
- Stretching and deforming: Although it's wide known that the symbiote can stretch and deform itself, recently it was to perform this ability during bonded with a human host. Venom can expand to any size as long as they have something to grow on such as a host or an object.
- Venomous Bite: An ability developed by Eddie Brock upon bonding with the symbiote. Originally he commanded the symbiote to sprout a maniacal grin and tongue, differentiating him from Spider-Man. Later it is revealed that this set of fangs not only intimidates foes but can deliver a powerful, venomous bite (true to Brock's namesake). The bite was able to cripple the Sandman, eventually leaving the villain unable to reform himself to properly and almost causing his death.
- Red Symbiotic Costume: Toxin possesses the "unique" special abilities of his two symbiote predecessors. He can stick to walls, can change his identity to that of a completely different person and also has unlimited webbing, which takes on a shape of a steel chain in his case. Toxin can also blend in with its surroundings and become undetectably camouflaged, and he can form solid weapons from his limbs like his father. Toxin also seems to have some sort of quick-healing ability like his predecessors, as his wounds from his first battle with Razor Fist healed instantly. Unlike the others, Toxin can track anyone, not just other symbiotes, as long as he has something to begin from, within the entire city of New York and possibly further. In addition, he seems to have a much stronger resistance to sonics and intense heat compared to Carnage. When he's not angry or fighting, Toxin is slim and smooth-lined, although still well muscled, closely resembling Spider-Man in his Symbiote costume. When he becomes upset or aggressive, he grows into his much bigger form and he gets even stronger, with vicious fangs and long curving claws.
- Superhuman Strength: He possesses vast superhuman strength, and is stronger than Carnage and Venom combined. Depending on how angry or upset he gets, he grows to a much larger size, with large claws and vicious fangs.
- Superhuman Speed: He can move and run at speeds far greater than any normal human being.
- Superhuman Stamina: He can exert himself for at least 48 hours until fatigue impairs him.
- Superhuman Agility: His agility is far superior to any normal human being.
- Superhuman Reflexes: His reflexes are far superior to any normal human being.
- Superhuman Durability: He is much more resistant to injury than Spider Man, Venom and Carnage combined but still has the traditional symbiotes weaknesses but to a very minor degree. The tissue the symbiote is composed of renders Brock's body much harder and much more resistant to physical injury than the body of an ordinary human. Brock can withstand high caliber bullets, great impact forces, powerful energy blasts, and falls from great heights without sustaining physical injury. He is durable enough that he can withstand multiple barrages of high caliber weapons such as machine guns from close range completely unperturbed, can withstand blows from superhuman beings such as Wrecker, Spider-Man, Carnage, etc unharmed. He also possesses an extreme resistance to pain, and seems to feel it only to a certain extent.
- Genetic Memory: The symbiote possesses some limited psychic ability, making it capable of obtaining information from its hosts and even other people and symbiotes simply by touch. It can, however, be forced to forget information if the symbiote is inflicted with heavy trauma.
- Offspring Detection: The symbiote is also capable of psychically detecting its offspring, however with effort this ability can be blocked.
- ESP (Spider-Sense): Brock is also granted an extrasensory ability similar to Spider-Man’s spider-sense. This response is not as complicated as Spider-Man’s inherent sense since the alien costume can detect danger from every direction and conduct Brock in plenty of time. It's a lot more efficient than Spider-Man’s spider-sense because it is more simplified to where the danger is.
- Immunity to Spider-man's Spider Sense: Due to Spider-Man being a host to the symbiote, Brock is able to bypass Spider-Man's spider-sense. As such, Brock is capable of attacking Spider-Man without alerting him, making him a deadly opponent.
- Constituent-Matter Generation: Toxin can also use the same substance comprising the symbiote in the form of constituent black matter or he can generate tentacle-like appendages from various parts of his body, which he often uses either in combat situations or to restrain someone.
- Constituent-Matter Manipulation: Toxin can manipulate his matter to enlarge or stretch his body in order to augment his attacks. He can morph sections of his body, such as his hands or feet, into spikes, blades, axes or a shield.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: He is capable of healing injuries in the host at a faster rate than normal human healing allows. The symbiote is even capable of healing injuries and illness that current human medical care cannot such as cancer.
- Camouflage Capabilities: The symbiote is capable of mimicking the appearance of any form of clothing, camouflaging with its surroundings, and even mimicking other people.
- Wall Crawling: Much like Spider-Man, Toxin has the ability to cling to virtually any surface. He can rapidly crawl, walk, or run across even slick/wet surfaces.
- Webbing Generation: Toxin can project a powerful, organic web-like substance similar to the webbing Spider-Man has. He typically uses this webbing to swing from building to building or as a means of immobilizing someone. The webbing is incredibly strong.
- Stretching and deforming: Although it's wide known that the Symbiote can stretch and deform itself, recently it was able to perform this ability during bonded with a human host.
- Poisonous Fangs: An ability developed by Brock when he bonded with the symbiote. Toxin's fangs not only intimidate foes but deliver a powerful, toxic bite.
- Brand New Day, Mr. Li cured him of his cancer and due to the remnants of symbiote left in his body, Eddie developed new powers. These remnants fused with Eddie's white blood cells resulting in a new white symbiote that grants Eddie the majority of his old powers along with powerful new ones as Anti-Venom. When the symbiote chose to separate itself from him, Eddie's cancer began spreading at an exponential rate. After the events of
- White Symbiotic Costume: The alien costume's remnants remained grafted to the nervous system of Eddie Brock, and fused with his white blood cells. This new white symbiote seems to not only be different in appearance and abilities, but even acts completely different from the original symbiote it evolved from. For instance, Eddie Brock refers to himself in first person as Anti-Venom, and is in complete control of his actions. This relationship is somewhat similar to Cletus Kasady's and the Carnage symbiote: Both symbiotes are bonded to their hosts at the cellular level and seem to compliment the user's personality (the Carnage symbiote loves to kill, and the Anti-Venom symbiote wants to destroy Venom.) However the white symbiote, unlike the other members of its race, seemingly has no influence on Eddie's actions, which is a far cry from his first symbiotic relationship.
- External Symbiote Rejection: Upon being assaulted by Mac Gargan, the Venom symbiote attempts to leave Gargan to bond with Brock again. However Brock's skin is caustic to his former symbiote, which means the white symbiote has the ability to reject the Venom symbiote and presumably all of its children as well.
- Constituent-Matter Manipulation: Anti-Venom can manipulate his matter to enlarge or stretch his body in order to augment his attacks. For example, he enlarged his fist and slammed it into Mac Gargan creating more of an impact. He can morph sections of his body, such as his hands or feet, into spikes, blades, axes or a shield.
- Impurity Sense: Anti-Venom can sense foreign substances within a person's body which includes symbiotes, radiation, narcotics, viruses and diseases.
- Internal Bodily Cleansing: After sensing the impurity, Anti-Venom can forcefully "cure" the substance from the person's body. He uses this ability to almost completely destroy his old symbiote and to cure a young girl from her heroin addiction. This power can also be used to depower some superhumans, almost ridding Spider-Man of the radiation in his blood when attempting to destroy remnants of the symbiote, and nearly cleanses Radioactive Man of his powers in a similar fashion.
- Spider-Power Negation: After failing to cleanse Spider-Man of his symbiote remnants and radiation in his blood, whenever Anti-Venom is too close to Peter his powers are effectively canceled until Eddie becomes distant enough from him. Alternatively, when Anti-Venom ensnares Spider-Man by binding with the bits of the suit that is fired off as webbing, it also negates Spider-Man's powers until Spider-Man breaks free from it.
- Fire Immunity: In contrast to the other symbiotes, Anti-Venom is immune to fire and extreme heat. Examples of this includes withstanding the full force of one of the Punisher's flamethrowers and a superhot radioactive blast from Radioactive Man meant to immobilize Venom if he became out of control.
- Sonic Immunity: Besides immunity to fire and heat, Anti-Venom also shows strong resistance against sonic-based attacks. For example, he was capable of withstanding Songbird's sonic-blast without any discomfort.
Excluding these new powers granted by the white symbiote, Anti-Venom still retains almost every power Eddie had bonded with the Venom symbiote, including:
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Speed, Agility, and Reflexes
- Accelerated Healing Factor
- Webbing Generation
- Offspring Detection
- Genetic Memory
- ESP (Spider-Sense)
- Immunity to Spider-man's Spider Sense
- Constituent Matter Generation
- Camouflage Capabilities
- Stretching and deforming
- Expert Reporter: Before his bonding with the symbiote, Eddie Brock was an incredibly skilled reporter for the Daily Globe, and knew how to investigate. He also had many sources of information in helping with his plans.
- Skilled Symbiote Hunter: Even though he is only human, Eddie has recently shown himself able to take on the symbiotes. This was shown when he killed Scream and Hybrid, using advanced and normal weaponry.
- Mental Instability: Eddie has been repeatedly shown relapsing into his unstable "lethal protector" mindset. Recently as Anti-Venom he's seemingly reverted back to this persona, killing criminals just as offhandedly as before despite the obvious option of curing them of their drug addictions and actually helping them with his powers.
- Sonic and Heat: The Venom symbiote, like all others of its kind, is extremely vulnerable to heat and sonic based attacks. They can cause the symbiote physical pain and discomfort, where as "more powerful" attacks might be completely ineffective
- Mister Negative's Powers: As Mister Negative's powers was the source responsible for the creation of the Anti-Venom suit, when injected by Mister Negative's power, similar to Osborn's cure, it can weaken or nullify the suit's healing powers, until Mister Negative's powers are no longer directly in contact with him.
- Osborn's Cure: As Anti-Venom, he can only be weakened by poisons that infect the body. The white symbiote takes the damage leaving Eddie powerless. Norman created the virus using Freak's DNA.
- Sonic and Heat: As Toxin, Eddie is vulnerable to heat and sonic based attacks but to a much lesser degree compared to the other symbiotes.