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Venom Relaunches, But Who Wears The Symbiote?

Colin Bell 12/09/2010 Reviews

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!


New Venom: New Danger?

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

Amazing Spider-Man #654

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

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

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

Tony Moore's Venom redesign

Tony Moore's Venom redesign: Punisher-esque?

5. Flash Thompson

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!

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Raised in Scotland on a diet of Tintin and 2000 AD, Colin Jefferson Bell enters his 28th year on Planet Earth as one of the world's foremost experts in comic books that take place in his home country, and maintains his corner of the internet at It's Bloggerin' Time!. Colin Bell appears courtesy of his wife.

  1. Ortegatron 12/10/2010 at 2:27 am

    If I remember right the Punisher and the symbiote got along well in a What If issue. Flash? I could see it. Why not? He has no legs and that would keep him out of a lot of stories with Spidey living his life on the rooftops.

  2. Comic Booked 12/10/2010 at 8:42 pm

    Wolverine! Wait…maybe not.

  3. Skott of Fables 12/13/2010 at 7:05 pm

    I'll peak in on it. Fortunately I collect Amazing Spider-Man so I'll find out something about it eventually, lol

  4. Andy Kirby 12/14/2010 at 5:08 am

    We talked about this on the M6P podcast. I'm thinking it's not the Punisher because the emotions that are described in the Marvel article would overlap with those that Frank has already rejected.

    I think it could be an interesting match, but I'm thinking Colonel Jameson!



  5. Chris 12/21/2010 at 2:38 am

    Steve rogers, aka the first capt. America, who else is patriotic enough to control it an still be willing to work for the usa?

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