Marvel have just announced that Rick Remender and Tony Moore will bring a little of the magic they worked on Frankencastle and Fear Agent to an all-new Venom title, spinning out of Amazing Spider-Man and launching in March of next year. This Venom will be less ‘anti-hero’ and more ‘all-American hero’ as the symbiote is bonded to a mystery (but allegedly well-known) exisiting character and put to work as the US Government’s top operative! The obvious question is ‘who’s wearing the symbiote?’ Let’s round up the usual suspects!
1. Eddie Brock
The first person to bond with the alien symbiote after it separated from Peter Parker, these days Eddie’s going by the name of Anti-Venom and is sworn to destroy the costume he once wore. Will he give up this mission so soon into starting it and return to being the one true Venom? Unlikely. Odds: 250/1
2. Mac Gargan
The most recent Venom has pretty much been confirmed by Dan Slott as returning to his villainous roots as the original Scorpion in the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man #654, so we’re feeling secure in ruling him out. Odds: 500/1
3. John Jameson
He ticks some boxes: he’s in the known Spider-Man universe and he has a military background. How would J. Jonah Jameson feel about his number one son wearing an outfit once worn by his arch-menace Spidey? But then again: Man-Wolf? Stargod? Hasn’t young John had enough superhero aliases to last him a lifetime already? Odds: 100/1
4. Frank Castle
The Punisher himself! Rick Remender’s got a strong association with Frank, having written his adventures for the past three years and culminating in the current miniseries Punisher: In The Blood, which will be wrapping up as this Venom takes centre-stage. Castle’s certainly got the military expertise, but would the US Government really draft in a borderline psychopathic vigilante to bond with a nefarious alien symbiote to do its Black Ops? In the interview to announce the series, Remender calls the symbiote-wearer ‘a hero going in’, so we’re betting that rules Frank out, but Tony Moore’s costume designs for the new Venom might sway some people the other way. Odds: 12/1
5. Flash Thompson
Flash recently made an emotive return to the Spidey universe in Amazing Spider-Man #574, where it was revealed that Peter Parker’s high-school bully had lost his legs whilst serving in the Iraq War. Flash continues to be a supporting member of Amazing Spider-Man, and has rekindled his romance with Betty Brant – but will the temptation of being able to serve his country once more prove to be too great for this hero? Comic Booked reckons so. Odds: Evens
Remender describes the series as the ‘International adventures of 00Venom’, which anyone will tell you, just sounds awesome. Look out for the new Venom to be unveiled in Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 next year, with Venom #1 to follow shortly after.
In the meantime, who do you think will don the black goo of alien evil and try to use it as a weapon of good? Let us know in the comments!