28 April 2007

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - Venom

I hope this has been an enjoyable series. I know anyone could just click over to the wikipedia, but its been fun counting down to Spider-Man 3. Starting next week I will begin "The Friends and Foes of Batman" as I count down to the debut of The Dark Knight. I think I will try and make the profiles a bit more concise, but we will see. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments. But for now, enjoy the last foe of Spider-Man. I can't believe Spidey 3 is almost upon us!

It is Spider-Man's most venomy enemy Venom

Venom is a moniker used by several characters. It was first used by Eddie Brock in The Amazing Spider-Man #298. It is now used by Mac Gargan, formerly known as the Scorpion. The characters and their superhuman abilities are derived from the bonding between the human host and an extraterrestrial parasite known as symbiotes.

The symbiote came to Earth with Spider-man, at the end of the Marvel Secret Wars. Soon, the symbiote began to take over Spider-man. It was rejected, and later found and bonded with Eddie Brock, a journalist at the Daily Bugle, and later Mac Gargan, the former Scorpion.

Originally, the Venom symbiote was portrayed as a mute and lonely creature craving the company of a host. More recently, it has been shown as increasingly abusive of its hosts, as well as having the powers of speech. Users of the "Venom" title are usually symbiotically fused with an extraterrestrial symbiote called the "Venom symbiote". The Venom symbiote first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1, #252 (which was published several months before Secret Wars vol. 1, #8, which, chronologically, is when Spider-Man first encountered the symbiote).

Eddie Brock

Eddie Brock was a reporter who blamed Spider-Man for debunking his reward story, the Sin-Eater case, humiliating Brock and ruining his career, forcing him to find work with dirt-sheet gossip magazines. Attracted by his intense hatred of Spider-Man the symbiote bonded with Brock. When bonded, Venom speaks using the first person plural case (we), signifying that Eddie Brock and the symbiote are two separate entities joined together - although, on occasion, Eddie refers to it as 'My symbiote and I'. When he had devoured the original Carnage symbiote, he even referred to himself as '...one big, happy family'. They fought Spider-Man many times, and came close to winning on several occasions. As well as fueling Brock's rage against Spider-Man, the symbiote allowed him to indulge in a sporadic career as a vigilante. After switching back and forth a number of times-either helping Spider-Man or fighting against him, Brock sold the symbiote to Don Fortunato after he discovered he had a brain tumor.

Anne Weying Brock

The Venom symbiote joined with Eddie's ex-wife on two occasions. The first bonding occurred when Anne was seriously wounded after being shot by the second Sin-Eater. With her condition rapidly deteriorating, the symbiote bonded with Anne on Eddie's insistence in order to save her. Under the influence of the symbiote, Anne impulsively murdered a pair of thugs, an act she instantly regretted. The second time she bonded with the symbiote occurred in police custody. Used as bait to lure her ex-husband, Anne was once again joined with the symbiote after Eddie transferred his other through a telephone line, allowing her to escape. These instances proved traumatic for Anne, causing her to commit suicide later on.

Angelo Fortunato

Angelo was the youngest son of Don Fortunato, a prominent Mafia capo of New Yorks criminal underworld. Due to his frail physique and shy attitude, Angelo was frequently bullied and humiliated by his father. Tiring of his sons weakness, the Don attended a supervillain auction, where for $100 million, purchased the Venom symbiote from Eddie Brock. Though Eddie warned Angelo of the dangers inherent in the symbiote, the boy answered that he had nothing to lose seeing as his life had been one of non stop ridicule.

Once bonded with the symbiote, Angelo was revealed the secret identity of Spider-Man, whom he wished to destroy to prove himself worthy to his father. Angelo attacked Spider-Man during a high school reunion, injuring many bystanders in the process. They engaged in a ferocious battle which brought them out into the streets of New York. For a while, it seemed that Angelo had the advantage, seeing as he was learning how to use the symbiotes mimetic abilities faster than anticipated. However, when he killed an innocent civilian whom he mistook for Spider-Man, the superhero stopped holding back and beat Angelo into submission.

Angelo attempted to escape, all the while with the symbiote berating him for his cowardice. Irritated by the boy's lack of resolve, the symbiote ruthlessly abandoned Angelo in mid-leap, letting him fall. Spider-Man attempted to save him, only to find out he had run out of web fluid. Angelo was killed by the subsequent fall.

Mac Gargan

The Venom symbiote approached Macdonald "Mac" Gargan, who is considered a low-level villain, offering him new abilities, and Gargan becomes bonded with the creature. This would later give him an extra edge as part of Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve. Even with these additional powers he was still swiftly defeated by Spider-Man, as the Avengers dealt with the rest of the Twelve. Gargan later becomes a member of a sub-group of the Thunderbolts, which is drafted by the Avengers to hunt down the members of the fugitive Secret Avengers. It is then revealed that he has been outfitted with electrical implants by the government to keep the symbiote in check. When in the Venom persona Gargan retains very little of his original personality and is almost completely controlled by the symbiote, and when the symbiote is dormant in his body he has expressed nausea and fear of the organism.

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon
Doctor Octopus
the Green Goblin
J. Jonah Jameson
Jack O' Lantern
the Kingpin
Kraven the Hunter
the Lizard
The Sinister Six
Spider Slayers
The Spot
Spider-Man 3 debuts in 6 days!


phantom said...

Hooray... Venom!
Yeah, that time did go fast! Only 5 more sleeps til Spider-man 3! I'm even taking a day off work just to see it!

Chip Chief said...

yeah, i may need to take the day off too. not that i ever work THAT hard. :)

Dragulf said...

I saw a Venom/Spidey commercial last night. Mostly Venom anyways. S3 is gonna be huge.

Chip, what happened to the FF post with the picture of Doom?

Chip Chief said...

I had to take the Dr Doom picture down at the request of 20th Century Fix Legal Department. Frankly, I am surprised that they even stumbled across my blog.

Anyways, I had to stop giving them free publicity, at least for the time being, which is too bad. I actually thought the picture was pretty cool even though my gut tells me Fantastic Four 2 is gonna reek.

Dragulf said...

Your blog is getting pretty big. I'm not surprised they found you.
FF2 is just eye candy anyways... JA gets her clothes burned off. :)

paul haine said...

"JA gets her clothes burned off"

/books ticket

Anonymous said...

That anticipation is killing me... BTW, I loved the countdown! So many memories reading :)