Edward Charles Allan Brock is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane, and his earliest appearance was a cameo in Web of Spider-Man #18 (September 1986),[4] before making his first full appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988)[1] as the original and most well-known host of the Venom Symbiote. The character has since appeared in many Marvel Comics publications, including his own series Venom. Introduced as a villain of Spider-Man, the character becomes an anti-hero, working with and against superheroes.

Eddie Brock
Eddie Brock as Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988). Art by Todd McFarlane.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceHand that pushes Peter Parker in train tracks:
Web of Spider-Man #18 (September 1986)
As Eddie Brock:
The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (March 1988)
As Venom:
(cameo appearance)
The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (April 1988)
(full appearance)
The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988)[1]
As Anti-Venom:
The Amazing Spider-Man #569 (October 2008)
As Toxin:
Venom #17 (May 2012)
As Sleeper:
Venom First Host #3 (August 2018)
Created byDavid Michelinie
Todd McFarlane
In-story information
Full nameEdward Charles Allan Brock
Place of originNew York City
Team affiliationsSinister Six
Savage Six
Symbiote Task Force
X-Men Blue [3]
Savage Avengers
Notable aliasesVenom, Anti-Venom, Toxin, Sleeper
AbilitiesAlien symbiote grants:
  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability
  • Ability to cling to most surfaces
  • Organic webbing
  • Limited shapeshifting and camouflage
  • Symbiote's autonomous defense capabilities
  • Undetectable by Spider-Man's "Spider-sense"

In the original version of the story, Eddie Brock is a journalist who publicly exposes the identity of a man he believes is a serial killer, only to find his reputation ruined when Spider-Man captures the real killer. Disgraced and suicidal, he comes into contact with an alien symbiote, rejected by Peter Parker. The Symbiote bonds with him and they become Venom, together seeking out revenge against their mutual enemy. Though he repeatedly comes into conflict with Spider-Man, he also attempts to operate as a hero, albeit a violent one, seeking to save those he deems "innocent" and avoid any collateral damage in his clashes with Spider-Man. In 2008, after being separated from the Venom Symbiote, he serves as an anti-hero as host of the Anti-Venom symbiote which is sacrificed to help cure the "Spider-Island" epidemic during the 2011 storyline. In 2012, he was bonded to the Toxin symbiote. Though he is a human with no powers, the Venom Symbiote suit bestows upon him a range of abilities including many of Spider-Man's powers.

Debuting in the Modern Age of Comic Books, the character has featured in other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated television series; video games; merchandise such as action figures, and trading cards; and feature films in which he is played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and by Tom Hardy in Venom (2018). This incarnation of Venom was rated 33rd on Empire's 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters,[5] and was the 22nd Greatest Villain on IGN's 100 Greatest Comic Villains of All Time.[6] Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy writes of the character: "What started out as a replacement costume for Spider-Man turned into one of the Marvel web-slinger's greatest nightmares."[7]

Publication historyEdit

Creation and conceptionEdit

Writer David Michelinie and artist Todd McFarlane are generally credited with the character's creation, based on a number of plot ideas and concepts from various other creators. The question of who created the character of Venom became an issue of contention in 1993 when Michelinie wrote to the comic book industry magazine Wizard, which had referred to Michelinie in issue #17 as "co-creator" of Venom. In his letter, printed in issue #21 (May 1993), Michelinie wrote that he was the character's sole creator, while saying also he believed that without McFarlane the character would not have attained the popularity it did.[8]

First cover appearance of Venom as depicted by co-creator Todd McFarlane

Writer Peter David corroborated Michelinie's view in his "But I Digress" column in the June 4, 1993 Comics Buyer's Guide, in which he stated that Michelinie discussed the ideas behind the character with him at the time of its creation. At that time, David was the writer on The Spectacular Spider-Man and wrote the "Sin Eater" storyline from which Eddie Brock's backstory would be derived, well before McFarlane was assigned to the art duties on Amazing. Because the artist who illustrates a character's first published appearance is generally credited as its co-creator (especially if that artist is the one who designs the character's visual appearance),[9] Venom represents a complex situation, because the costume from which Venom's appearance is derived was not designed by McFarlane.[10]

Erik Larsen responded to Michelinie's letter with one of his own that was printed in Wizard #23 (July 1993), in which he dismissed Michelinie's contributions to the character, arguing that Michelinie merely "swiped" the preexisting symbiote and its powers to place it on a character whose motivations were poorly conceived, one-dimensional, unbelievable, and clichéd. Larsen also argued that it was McFarlane's rendition of the character that made it commercial.[11]

The preexisting elements that dealt with the symbiote costume itself—to which Michelinie did not contribute—have also been noted. The original idea of a new costume for Spider-Man that would later become the character Venom was conceived of by a Marvel Comics reader from Norridge, Illinois named Randy Schueller.[12] Marvel purchased the idea for $220.00 after the editor-in-chief at the time, Jim Shooter, sent Schueller a letter acknowledging Marvel's desire to acquire the idea from him, in 1982. Schueller's design was then modified by Mike Zeck, becoming the Symbiote costume.[13] For example, Shooter came up with the idea of switching Spider-Man to a black-and-white costume, possibly influenced by the intended costume design for the new Spider-Woman, with artists Mike Zeck and Rick Leonardi, as well as others, designing the black-and-white costume.[10]

Erik Larsen, who followed Todd McFarlane as artist on Amazing Spider-Man, added the long tongue and drool to Venom's appearance.

Writer/artist John Byrne asserts on his website that the idea for a costume made of self-healing biological material was one he originated when he was the artist on Iron Fist to explain how that character's costume was constantly being torn and then apparently repaired by the next issue, explaining that he ended up not using the idea on that title, but that Roger Stern later asked him if he could use the idea for Spider-Man's alien costume. Stern in turn plotted the issue in which the costume first appeared but then left the title. It was writer Tom DeFalco and artist Ron Frenz who had established that the costume was a sentient alien being, and that it was vulnerable to high sonic energy during their run on The Amazing Spider-Man that preceded Michelinie's.[14] Regardless, Peter David's position is that Michelinie is the sole creator, since the idea of creating a separate character using the alien symbiote was Michelinie's, as was Eddie Brock's backstory, and that without the idea to create such a character, the character would not have existed.[10]

In an interview with Tom DeFalco, McFarlane states that Michelinie did indeed come up with the idea of Venom and the character's basic design ("a big guy in the black costume"). However, he contends that it was he (McFarlane) who gave Venom his monster-like features. He claims; "I just wanted to make him kooky and creepy, and not just some guy in a black suit."[15]

This dispute arose at a time when the merits of artists as collaborators and writers were being debated in the industry, a discussion prompted by the popularity of artists such as McFarlane, Larsen, and other founders of Image Comics.[16][17]

Venom's existence was first indicated in Web of Spider-Man #18 (Sept. 1986), when he shoves Peter Parker in front of a subway train without Parker's spider-sense warning him, though only Brock's hand is seen on-panel. The next indication of Venom's existence was in Web of Spider-Man #24 (March 1987), when Parker has climbed out of a high story window to change into Spider-Man, but finds a black arm coming through the window and grabbing him, again without being warned by his spider-sense.

The character would remain unseen and inactive until Amazing Spider-Man editor Jim Salicrup required a villain for that book's 300th issue, and Michelinie suggested a villain consisting of the alien symbiote grafted onto the body of a human female; seeking revenge for the deaths of her husband and miscarried baby who would accidentally die as the unfortunate result of Spider-man battling another supervillain. Salicrup accepted the suggestion, but changed the character to a male, and the female character's plot was also abandoned.[citation needed] Michelinie then devised the Eddie Brock identity. Michelinie contends that the plots for issues #298–299, as well as the visual descriptions of the character, were written and bought by Salicrup before McFarlane was ever assigned to the book.[citation needed]

Fictional character biographyEdit


Left: Brock bonding with the symbiote. Right: Brock's cameo appearance as Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #299

The 1993 limited series Venom: Lethal Protector describes Brock's history before bonding with the symbiote. As a child, Edward Charles Allan Brock[18] is raised in a Roman Catholic household in San Francisco. Eddie's mother dies from complications during his birth and as a result his father is cold and unaffectionate towards him. Eddie excels in academics and sports in an attempt to earn his father's approval but does not succeed. In college, Brock switches his major to journalism after reading an article on the Watergate scandal. When he got drunk, he and his friends accidentally ran over a kid with his car killing the boy. Eddie wanted to get what he deserved, but his father did not let him to go to prison much to Eddie's dismay.[19] After graduating, he moves to New York City and obtains a job as a journalist for the Daily Globe. Though he proves himself to be a highly talented journalist, his father still only treats him with indifference.[20]

As a reporter, Brock investigates the serial killer Sin-Eater and is contacted by Emil Gregg, who claims to be the killer.[21] Pressured by the authorities to reveal the killer's identity, Brock writes an exposé announcing Gregg as the Sin-Eater. However, the real Sin-Eater is caught by Spider-Man and Brock is revealed to have been interviewing a compulsive confessor. Brock is fired from his job in disgrace and divorced from his wife. Unable to find reputable work, he is forced to work for tabloid magazines[21] and his father ceases communication with him entirely.[20] Brock becomes obsessed with gaining revenge against Spider-Man, blaming him for catching the real Sin-Eater. Brock takes up bodybuilding to reduce stress but his anger and depression remain.[21] Meanwhile, Spider-Man uses the sound of bells at a church to remove his symbiote costume after realizing it is attempting to permanently bond with him.[22] His professional and personal life shattered, Brock contemplates suicide and goes to the same church, where he prays to God for forgiveness.[21] The Symbiote, having waited in the rafters of the church since leaving Spider-Man, senses Brock[23] and bonds with him, granting him powers equal and greater to those of Spider-Man, and imparting knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity.[21]


Venom begins a campaign of torment against Peter, who is still unaware of his existence. He first pushes Peter in front of a moving subway without activating his spider-sense,[24] and later terrorizes Spider-Man's wife Mary Jane.[25] Venom baits Spider-Man to his apartment for their first confrontation, where Venom reveals his true identity to Spider-Man, claiming "You may call me Venom, for that's what I'm paid to spew out these days!" Spider-Man discovers that the Symbiote has completely bonded with Brock and cannot be killed without also killing Brock. Eventually Venom is tricked into weakening himself by expending too much webbing until the suit lacks enough material to produce more.[21] Venom is incarcerated in the Vault, from which he makes repeated escapes and escape attempts, only to suffer defeats and returns to the Vault.[26][27][28]

Brock eventually fakes suicide and escapes after being taken to the morgue.[29] During a battle with Spider-Man, the Symbiote is seemingly killed by the plague-inducing villain Styx, giving its life to protect Brock. Brock is incarcerated and Spider-Man disposes of the Symbiote's remains.[30] The Symbiote survives by entering a comatose state to fight off the illness[31] and it returns to Brock, enabling him to again escape from jail. During the escape, the symbiote asexually reproduces and leaves behind its spawn.[32] The offspring quickly bonds to Brock's cell mate, Cletus Kasady, creating Carnage.[32][33] Venom abducts Spider-Man and transports him to a remote island to do battle. Spider-Man fakes his own death to convince Venom that his vendetta is over. Venom, content with the outcome, resigns himself to life on the island.[34] Spider-Man eventually faces Carnage but is unable to defeat him. Spider-Man is forced to ask Venom for help, promising him freedom in exchange.[35] However, after they defeat Carnage, Spider-Man betrays Venom (who had also resumed his plan of revenge and tried to throttle the arachnoid hero to death) by summoning the Fantastic Four and sending him back to prison.[36]


Venom, as a lethal vigilante in San Francisco, on Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) series. Art by Mark Bagley.

After seeing a photo of Spider-Man's recently returned parents, Brock escapes from prison,[37] and kidnaps them.[38] During the resulting fight, Brock's ex-wife Anne Weying is nearly crushed under a falling ferris wheel, but Spider-Man saves her. Seeing this act, Venom makes peace with Spider-Man.[39] In Venom: Lethal Protector (1993), Venom moves to San Francisco and acts as the protector of an underground society of homeless people.[23] He is later taken prisoner by the Life Foundation who harvest the last five spawn within the symbiote to create super-powered policemen and Brock is forcibly separated from the symbiote.[40] With Spider-Man's help, Brock is reunited with the symbiote and they seemingly destroy his spawn, Phage, Lasher, Riot, Scream and Agony, before escaping.[41] After saving the homeless people, Venom is accepted into their society and remains their protector.[42]

In the 1993 crossover "Maximum Carnage", Carnage reemerges and begins a massacre in New York City, and Brock returns to help, feeling responsible. Venom finds he is no match for Carnage, and seeks help from Spider-Man, but Spider-Man refuses to work with Venom's violent methods.[43] Venom, accompanied by Black Cat, Cloak, Morbius and eventually a desperate Spider-Man,[44] repeatedly confront Carnage and his allies.[45][46][46][47][48] Venom ultimately tackles Carnage into high-voltage generators, rendering Carnage unconscious and allowing his capture by the Avengers. Brock goes into hiding.[49]

Brock returns in the 1994 limited series Separation Anxiety, in which he is captured and separated from the symbiote for a government research project. Venom's spawn: Phage, Lasher, Scream, Riot, and Agony are revealed to still be alive and arrive to free Brock,[50] seeking his help to gain control over their symbiotes.[51][52] Brock is ultimately reunited with the symbiote, but the experience forces him to evaluate his relationship with the costume.[53] The 1995 "Planet of the Symbiotes" event continued the narrative from Separation Anxiety, with Brock forcing the symbiote to leave him, concerned about how much influence it may be having on him.[18] The symbiote unleashes a telepathic scream of sorrow and pain that attracts the other members of its species to Earth.[18] The story follows the efforts of Brock, Spider-Man, and Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) to stop the invasion and defeat an escaped and empowered Carnage.[54][55][56] Brock is forced to bond completely and irrevocably with the symbiote in order to inflict psychic trauma on the symbiotes, causing them to commit suicide.[57]

Return to villainyEdit

When Anne is shot by a new Sin-Eater, Brock forces the Symbiote to bond with her to heal her injuries.[58] In the process she temporarily becomes She-Venom but Brock demands the Symbiote return after Ann loses control and kills a pair of muggers, leaving Ann traumatized.[59] Brock helps kill the new Sin-Eater.[60] Ann is taken into custody by the police as they try to hunt Venom and Brock sends her his Symbiote so she can escape.[61][62] As She-Venom she again struggles to control herself, with Brock, Weying and current Spider-Man Ben Reilly becoming caught in the middle of a joint DEA/FBI operation against a major drug smuggler when Weying and Brock rendezvous at the same location where the drug group are meeting.[63] When Brock takes back the Symbiote, Anne tells him to keep himself and the Symbiote away from her after witnessing his brutality against the criminals.[64]

Brock is captured in his sewer hideout and put on trial, with Matt Murdock acting in his defense, his symbiote held in check by a chemical inhibitor.[65] Cletus Kassady is called as a witness, but when the case becomes heated both Kassady and Brock overcome their inhibitors.[66] Venom, Spider-Man, and Daredevil team up and subdue Carnage. However, before the trial can continue Venom is unexpectedly taken into custody by a secret government organization offering him amnesty in exchange for him becoming their agent.[67] Though Venom at first enjoyed his newfound immunities, he left after being abandoned during a dangerous mission.[68] After receiving a head wound, Eddie suffers amnesia. He is later separated from the symbiote, which is presumed killed by the government Overreach Committee.[69]

The symbiote survives and tracks down the amnesiac Brock, turning him into Venom again. Venom infiltrates Ravencroft prison seeking Carnage and absorbs the Carnage Symbiote.[70] Brock temporarily joins the Sinister Six to get Spider-Man but after being betrayed by them,[71] he begins hunting down the members for revenge. He ultimately cripples Sandman by biting him and taking out a chunk of his mass, leading to Sandman's apparent death.[72] He also causes serious wounds to Electro and Kraven the Hunter.[volume & issue needed]

Venom's rivalry with Spider-Man is renewed when Ann, who lives in fear since bonding with the Symbiote, commits suicide after seeing Brock become Venom. Venom however, believes Spider-Man swinging by Ann's window in his black costume to be the cause.[73] Before he can take revenge however, the Symbiote is forcefully removed from him by the human/alien hybrid Senator Ward in order to learn more about symbiosis.[74] An alien race, secretly operating within the United States government, clones the Venom symbiote. Venom absorbs the clone, gains its knowledge, and decides to carry out the aliens' orders.[75]

Cancer and post-VenomEdit

Eddie Brock, separated from the symbiote, dying from cancer in Sensational Spider-Man vol. 2 #39 (August 2007).

The 2003 story "The Hunger" introduced new elements to Brock's origin, revealing that Brock had cancer before joining with the symbiote, and that it chose to bond with Brock not only for his hatred towards Spider-Man, but also because the cancer causes the release of adrenaline, which sustains the symbiote. Brock is left reliant on the suit to live, and pursues Spider-Man out of fear that he will take the symbiote back, rather than for revenge over his lost career.[76] Brock dies after the symbiote leaves him for Spider-Man, not wanting a diseased host. Spider-Man tricks the symbiote into again bonding with Brock, reviving him.[76]

When Carnage gives birth to a new symbiote, Venom names it Toxin and hopes to turn it into an ally.[77] When Toxin shows compassion, Venom tries to kill him.[78] Toxin is rescued by Spider-Man and Black Cat.[79]

In the 2004 story "Venomous", Brock experiences a crisis of faith and decides to sell the symbiote, knowing he will rapidly die from his cancer without it, intending to donate the $100 million received from the sale to charity on the grounds that the symbiote would find another host once he dies anyway.[80] The symbiote is purchased by crime boss Don Fortunato for his son Angelo Fortunato.[81] Angelo briefly becomes the second Venom but proves an unworthy host, and the symbiote abandons him mid-jump allowing him to fall to his death. Upon learning of Angelo's death, Brock feels responsible and attempts suicide by slitting his wrists.[82] Brock next appeared in the 2007 story "The Last Temptation of Eddie Brock", where he is rapidly succumbing to cancer, and experiencing hallucinations of "Venom". Finding a comatose Aunt May in the same hospital, dying from a gunshot, the Venom hallucination persuades him to kill her. Brock, dressed in a novelty replica of Spider-Man's black costume at the demand of "Venom",[83] murders a nurse to test if he can still kill, but ultimately refuses to kill May because she is innocent. When Peter visits May, he finds Eddie, who has repeatedly cut his own wrists to get rid of "Venom". Eddie asks for Peter's forgiveness before jumping out of a window, but Peter manages to catch him. Awakening chained to his bed, Brock finds he can still see "Venom" but tells him that he accepts its presence as long as it knows that Brock is in control.[84]


Eddie Brock's first appearance as Anti-Venom

The 2008 story "New Ways to Die" features the return of Brock. Matt Murdock convinces a court of law that Brock is not responsible for his actions while bonded to the symbiote and has criminal charges against him dropped.[85] Brock gets a job at a soup kitchen under Martin Li. Brock is unknowingly cured of his cancer by Li, who possesses special abilities, and Brock believes it to be a miracle.[85] After Brock is attacked by the new Venom, Mac Gargan, the symbiote attempts to reunite with Brock. Brock's skin becomes caustic to the symbiote, and he is enveloped in a new white symbiote forged from the remnants of the Venom symbiote in his body bonding with his white blood cells charged with Li's healing energy,[85] becoming Anti-Venom. Brock defeats Gargan and nearly kills the Venom symbiote. When Brock detects remnants of the symbiote inside Spider-Man, he attempts to "cure" him, draining radiation from his body and nearly de-powering him.[86] While later saving Spider-Man from Norman Osborn, Brock again fights a battle-suit enhanced Gargan and the recovering symbiote.[87][88] Gargan hits Anti-Venom with his stinger, injecting a poisonous formula that seemingly destroys Brock's suit. When Gargan attempts to kill Brock, the Venom symbiote stops him. Brock's Anti-Venom suit later reforms.[88]

Brock later faces the villain Mister Negative and discovers that he and Li are the same person. Learning that the man he idolized is a supervillain causes a breakdown for Brock, making him question his faith, referring to himself as a monster.[89] After this revelation he becomes increasingly unstable mentally, murdering small-time criminals as he did during his "lethal protector" days. He briefly and reluctantly teams up with the Punisher to stop a drug cartel that kidnapped a friend of Brock's.[90] In "The Return of Anti-Venom" (2011), Brock is unable to expose Negative's true identity, believing no one will trust him. Anti-Venom starts a crusade against Negative, attacking his criminal operations.[91] When Anti-Venom realizes that May Parker also knows Negative's identity, he decides to attack Negative directly before Negative can silence her.[91] Brock teams up with Spider-Man and the new Wraith to fight Negative. Wraith uses her technology to publicly reveal Mister Negative is Martin Li, sending him into hiding. Spider-Man and Anti-Venom call a truce to their rivalry.[92]

In a 2011 New Avengers storyline, Brock joins Wonder Man's Revengers to destroy the New Avengers.[93] During the 2011 "Spider-Island" storyline in which 99% of New York City's population are transformed into mind-controlled spiders, Brock is forced to sacrifice the symbiote—and being Anti-Venom—so that it can be converted into a powerful curative capable of healing the infected millions.[94][95][96]

Bonded to ToxinEdit

A powerless Brock returns in Venom vol. 2 #15 (2012), where he kills the symbiotes Hybrid and Scream as part of a crusade to destroy the aliens entirely, believing them to be evil.[97] After failing to kill the newest Venom, Brock is captured by the villain Crime Master and forcibly bonded with the Toxin symbiote.[98] Brock (who is being controlled by the Toxin symbiote) then tracks down Venom and attempts to kill him, but is defeated.[99] Eddie and Agent Venom face off once more at Crime Master's HQ, and Flash is able to subdue Toxin and separate Eddie from the symbiote using a flamethrower. Just before Flash can get Eddie out, the Toxin symbiote grabs hold of him and drags him into the flames.[100] Eddie and the Toxin symbiote both survive the flames and track Flash to Philadelphia.[101] Now in control of the Toxin symbiote, he confronts Flash in the high school where he works as a gym teacher.[102] After helping Flash defend the students from a group of cybernetic parasites, Eddie forms a truce with him, promising to leave Flash alone as long as he has the Venom symbiote under control (similar to the truce he had with Spider-Man). Eddie subsequently leaves Philadelphia to resume his vigilante activities.[103]

While fighting a drug cartel, Brock is approached by FBI agent Claire Dixon and invited to join the team she has assembled in order to hunt down and capture Cletus Kasady, which also includes John Jameson, and Manuela Calderon, a survivor of one of Kasady's massacres, although Brock secretly plans to kill Kasady.[104] After Kasady's defeat, Brock gives up the Toxin symbiote.[105]

Return as VenomEdit

Eddie Brock decides to help the FBI against the new villainous Venom. With the FBI and Spider-Man, Brock is able to separate the symbiote from its new host, Lee Price. In the process, Spider-Man's actions cause the symbiote to rekindle its previous hatred for him. Brock then breaks the symbiote out of custody and bonds with it again.[106] After stopping a robbery, Brock encounters Scorpion and manages to defeat him, until the symbiote takes him to a church and reveals that it attacked the priest. After finding out about a monster attack, Brock encounters a dinosaur at the church and discovers it belongs to Alchemax. While talking to Alchemax's CEO Liz Allan, he learns that the mastermind is Stegron the Dinosaur Man. Brock then finds his lair, but is spotted and captured by Stegron's dinosaurs.[107] Venom found that remnants of Stegron's Dinosaur People experiments were living in the sewers, and he had to defend them from Kraven the Hunter, Shriek, and the NYPD. With help from Tana of the Dinosaur People, Venom states to the NYPD that the Dinosaur People were surviving in the sewers and that they were not killing anyone. Upon hearing this, the NYPD arrest Kraven the Hunter and Shriek with the police captain stating that he will have a lot of paperwork to file on this.[108]

During the Venom Inc. storyline, Eddie helps Spider-Man, Black Cat, and Flash Thompson (now under the guise of Agent Anti-Venom) take down Lee Price again, who had bonded himself with Venom's clone Mania and was using it to take over the New York criminal underground. Eddie then tells Black Cat to give up her criminal empire, telling her that New York City always needs more heroes.[109][110]

In the "Go Down Swinging" storyline, Eddie is blackmailed by J. Jonah Jameson into helping defend Spider-Man's inner circle against Norman Osborn, who has bonded himself with the Carnage symbiote to become the Red Goblin. Jameson sends Eddie to defend Mary Jane Watson at the Stark Tower Complex and while she does not trust him, Mary Jane disables Stark Tower's anti symbiote defenses to allow Eddie to fight Norman. Spider-Man arrives and teams up again with Eddie to stop Red Goblin, but the villain overpowers them both. With nothing left to offer in the fight against Osborn and Carnage, Eddie allows Peter to take the Venom symbiote for himself to even the odds against his foe. Because of his offering and valiant defense of Mary Jane, Spider-Man forgives Eddie for everything he had done to him in the past.[111]

In Venom First Host, Venom after gave birth to its last offspring, Eddie gets attacked by a Warbride Skrull until a Kree intervened and started battling the Skrull. Eddie got convinced by the symbiote to save the "blue skin", so he stopped the Skrull and saved the Kree. At Alchemax, the Kree revealed to Eddie that his name is Tel-Kar and that he was Venom's first host. When the symbiote refused to go back to Tel-Kar, infuriated Tel-Kar threatened them that he would bond to the offspring and transform it into a monster, if he did not get "his" symbiote back. Venom who loved its child got back with Tel-Kar and then he went to his spaceship. Then Eddie confronted the Skrull who had attacked them and she introduced herself as M'Lanz and tells him that she was tasked to stop Tel-Kar. She reveals to Eddie that Tel-Kar's body was biologically altered so he would have full control over Venom's mind. Then the offspring bonded to Eddie calling itself Sleeper and him with M'Lanz went after Tel-Kar. They went to a Skrull research lab which contained a deadly bioweapon which Tel-Kar had planned to used it on the Skrulls. When battling Tel-Kar, he separates himself from Venom because he did not need it anymore allowing Eddie to re-bond with Venom and Sleeper bonding to M'Lanz leaving Tel-Kar to explode with the lab by the Kree Empire. After M'Lanz leaves Eddie with the symbiotes on Earth, Eddie cuts every connection to Alchemax and after that him and Harry Osborn talk for a little bit. Then Tel-Kar shows up in Eddie's apartment and threatens to kill him and the humanity using the bioweapon but Sleeper steals the weapon and Tel-Kar tried to kill Sleeper, but Venom intervened and got injured. Eddie rushes to Tel-Kar throwing both of them out in the street. Suddenly Sleeper bonds to Tel-Kar lobotomizing him as a punishment for what he did to them. Then Sleeper with Tel-Kar's body bids Eddie farewell and leaves Earth to explore the cosmos.[112]

In the Venom ongoing series, Eddie is seen struggling with the symbiote, which has returned to its violent ways. Using anti-depressants, Eddie is able to calm the symbiote and reassert control over it. While working as a freelance photographer he stumbles upon an arms deal between a gang of criminals and the mercenary Jack O'Lantern. The deal turns violent and Eddie uses the symbiote to take down Jack. The symbiote then completely overtakes Eddie, compelled by a mysterious external influence, nearly killing Jack in the process before being subdued and captured by a man named Rex Strickland. Strickland tells Eddie that despite what was previously thought, the Venom symbiote was not the first to arrive on Earth. Strickland explains that the US Government bonded special forces operatives to symbiotes during the Vietnam War. These soldiers later went rogue, and Eddie is tasked with rescuing them and defeating their symbiotes. Though Eddie is able to locate Strickland's men, his symbiote is again taken over by the mysterious outside influence and briefly separates from him. The symbiote again bonds with Eddie and tells him that “God is coming”.[113]

Soon afterward, a massive dragon made up of thousands of symbiotes attacks New York City. Eddie resolves to stop the monster before it destroys the city. Before he can intervene he is attacked by Miles Morales, who uses his “Venom Blast” ability to break Venom out of the symbiote “god’s” influence. Miles and Eddie form a temporary truce, and the two manage to temporarily stop the symbiote god's rampage. The symbiote god then reveals itself as a being named Knull. Knull separates Eddie from his symbiote, promising to purge the influence of humanity from it.[114] But then Miles attacked Knull and both Eddie with Venom and Miles started falling until Venom grew a pair of wings and saved Eddie and Miles. After leaving Miles behind, Eddie went to Rex and put a hole in his head revealing that Rex was actually the symbiote which was bonded to the original Rex Strickland. After that they tricked the dragon to come to them and started attacking it with sonic based weapons which weaken it. Then Eddie puts the dragon with Rex in the furnace and incinerated it to death, while Eddie and Venom got wounded in the process.[115]

Eddie Brock after getting recovered, he's interrogated by the Maker about the incident revolving around the Grendel symbiote and Knull while stating that he is not the Mister Fantastic that he is familiar with. In addition, he also talked about how the Venom symbiote was in a feral state and has been deleting Eddie's bad memories like when he found out that his father had remarried and has a child named Dylan. When Maker throws a scalpel at Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote emerges from his shirt and catches it. Though the Venom symbiote is currently brain dread. When Eddie asks Maker if he would be able to restore it, Maker states that the only way to do that is to connect it to the Symbiote hive mind and the last person to do that was the late Flash Thompson. As Maker comments that he has ways of extracting the information he needs, Eddie asks in a distraught voice if Flash is really dead.[116] Some time after, Maker reveals to Eddie that he got hold of Venom's remnants left in Flash's body prior to becoming Anti-Venom, which contained his genetic memory and tells Eddie that it can help restore the symbiote. Maker also tells to Eddie that he's planning to get more samples from Flash's dead body, but Eddie who now considers Flash as a brother, unleashes the symbiote to Maker and gets the sample. Afterwards, he tries to escape the facility, but the sample goes to his symbiote taking the form of Flash's version of the suit. Now the symbiote with the mind of Flash Thompson helps Eddie to escape and then Eddie goes to Flash's grave to admit that Flash was a better host than him.[117]

After a failed attempt to win his father's affection, he gets to know Dylan, until he got seriously sick. Then Dylan takes Eddie to a hospital, where Maker found him again. After a confrontation with the symbiote, he recovers the memories that the symbiote had erased finds out that Dylan is actually his own son with Anne Weying.[118]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Brock is a human and has no superhuman powers without the Symbiote. Prior to joining with the Symbiote, he possesses olympic-level strength from engaging in repeated, significant weight-training exercise.[21][40] After separating from the Symbiote and suffering from cancer, Brock loses much of his physical muscle and possesses the strength of an average human.[2][83] Brock's cancer is cured in the 2008 story "New Ways to Die", and he is later shown with a restored large physique.[119] He is also shown to be proficient in combat and capable of using specialized weaponry to defeat symbiote-empowered enemies.[120]

As VenomEdit

As Venom, Brock gains several abilities similar to those of Spider-Man, the Symbiote's former host, including superhuman strength, speed, agility and reflexes as well as the ability to adhere to most surfaces with his hands and feet. The Symbiote is also able to project a web-like substance from its body, similar to Spider-Man's. However, this webbing is produced organically by the Symbiote from its own mass, which means that overuse can weaken the alien until it is able to regenerate.[21] The Symbiote can also send out tendrils which can be used to grab or manipulate items from a distance.[30] When bonded with the host, the Symbiote allows the host to bypass Spider-Man's spider-sense, preventing the hero from sensing attacks. The Symbiote is susceptible to harm from high-pitched sonic frequencies which can cause it to be severely weakened or killed. The bond between the Symbiote and Brock was strong enough that using sonics against the Symbiote could also stun and kill Brock.[21]

Venom's body is highly resistant to injury, capable of outright stopping bladed weapons,[121] bullets,[30] and it can help its host survive in hostile environments by filtering air, allowing survival underwater[34] and in toxic environments. Venom can also morph his appearance, to create disguises at will,[21][30] and camouflage itself,[20] even emulating water.[34] It is also capable of psychically detecting its offspring; however, this ability can be blocked.[35] This sense can be used by Brock even when separated from the suit, allowing him to detect and be detected by the Symbiote and its children.[51][52] The Symbiote is capable of healing any injury and illness at an increased rate, allowing the host to survive otherwise-mortal damage.[58] The Symbiote and host are capable of sharing knowledge, the Symbiote being able to pass on information from previous hosts to future ones.[81]

As Anti-VenomEdit

Anti-Venom is created when the healing energies of Martin Li cause Brock's white-blood cells and traces of the Venom Symbiote still within his body to combine into a new suit composed of human/alien hybrid antibodies possessing powerful restorative abilities.[85][87] Brock is capable of rapidly healing significant injury as Anti-Venom, recovering almost instantly after being shot in the head and suffering damage to his brain.[92][122] However, this healing ability can be negated by the energy of Mr. Negative, counteracting the energy of Martin Li.[92] Anti-Venom is able to detect when others are ill[119] and "cure" or "cleanse" them. He is able to cure ailments from hepatitis to removing narcotics and even radiation from a person's body.[119][123] Following a failed attempt to "cure" Spider-Man by removing the radiation in his body, Anti-Venom now automatically cancels out Spider-Man's powers whenever the two are in close proximity to one another.[91][123]

As Anti-Venom, Brock's suit is corrosive to the Venom symbiote, inflicting pain and damage on the suit to the point of causing it to dissolve.[86][124] He displays similar abilities to Venom, possessing super strength, speed,[125] negating Spider-Man's spider-sense,[124] and being able to block damage entirely from some guns and knives.[122][125] He is also capable of extending and morphing the suit to create disguises,[123] form items such as shields,[119] extend his reach,[91] attack from a distance,[125] and create tendrils.[119] Anti-Venom is also immune to the weaknesses of the Venom Symbiote, showing no damage or effect from direct blasts of fire, heat and sound.[122][123] The only shown weaknesses of the Symbiote are a highly toxic "super venom" created as a direct countermeasure using remnants of Anti-Venom's suit, and Mr. Negative's energy.[87] The "super venom" causes the suit to immediately dissolve.[88] Mr. Negative is shown capable of using his energy to weaken or nullify the healing abilities of the suit.[92]


Eddie Brock has been the subject of fan productions. Truth in Journalism, a fan made short film by producer Adi Shankar and director and writer Joe Lynch, starring Ryan Kwanten as Brock. The film is described as "a darkly comic combination of 1980s era Spider-Man comics and the cult Belgian mockumentary Man Bites Dog".[126]

Other versionsEdit

The character appears in several alternate universe titles in which the character's history, circumstances and behavior may vary slightly or extensively from the mainstream setting.

In other mediaEdit


  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appeared in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Hank Azaria.[127] Eddie was a journalist working for the Daily Bugle until he is fired for his actions by J. Jonah Jameson. He bonded with the Venom symbiote, seeking revenge against Spider-Man because he believes Spider-Man ruined his journalism career.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appeared in the Spider-Man Unlimited animated series, voiced by Brian Drummond.[127] By this time, the Venom symbiote has merged completely with Brock and attempts to conquer Counter-Earth alongside Carnage with an invasion of Symbiotes. Eddie himself is appeared in the episode "One is the Loneliest Number".
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Benjamin Diskin.[128] This version is a childhood friend of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, and attended Midtown High. While initially close friends with Peter and Gwen, a series of misunderstandings causes Brock to eventually resent Peter. Brock loses his research job studying the black suit after bonding with Spider-Man, causing Brock to later hate Spider-Man as well. Spider-Man attempts to destroy the alien organism but Brock frees the Venom symbiote, turning himself into Venom. As Venom, Eddie would occasionally fight Spider-Man out of spite.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears in the 2010s Spider-Man animated series,[129] voiced by Ben Pronsky.[130] He first appears in the episode "How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation" where J. Jonah Jameson gets mad at him for not providing a better quality picture of Spider-Man. In the episode "Take Two", Eddie gets angry at Peter Parker for providing Jameson with footage of Spider-Man fighting the Wild Pack at Horizon High. Eddie becomes the Venom symbiote's latest host in the episode "Dead Man's Party" while taking pictures of the alien in a Space Administration building. Eddie (as Venom) battles Peter in the latter's neighborhood, only being defeated due to Miles Morales's interference. Eddie evades capture and begins his crusade against Peter for ruining his career. In the episode "Venom Returns", Eddie takes Gwen Stacy, Jameson, May Parker, Max Modell and Anya Corazon hostage exposes Spider-Man's true identity to Jameson, but Morales wore Spider-Man's spare costume to refute the claim. Eddie gets defeated and imprisoned after Peter used an experimental sonic device to destabilize the Venom symbiote. In the episode "Superior", Eddie remains in a coma and is abandoned by Venom when the symbiote is reawakened during experimentation that alters his genealogy, enabling Venom to survive without a host.


Spider-Man 3

Eddie Brock / Venom appears in Spider-Man 3 (2007) played by Topher Grace.[131] In this film’s version, named Edward Brock Jr., rather than a journalist, he is a selfishly disgraceful freelance photographer, who is first seen taking photos of Gwen Stacy, who he is dating, hanging from a tall building when George Stacy sees her daughter in danger before Spider-Man saves her from plummet. He is seen again in a chat between Peter and J. Jonah Jameson, and in a festival. Later, Eddie takes photos of a new black suited Spider-Man, which is a Symbiote suit, but Spider-Man destroys his camera and jumps to the Subway to fight Ben's killer Sandman, while Eddie gets another camera from his jacket and take photos. Soon, when Eddie falsifies a fake photograph incriminating Spider-Man's true colors as a thief, symbiote-influenced Peter exposes his job and Jameson fires him for making fake photos of Spider-Man. Later, he sees Peter walking to the Club with Gwen, making Eddie jealous. However at the church, when praying to kill Peter, which revealed to be Spider-Man while rejecting the symbiote, Brock hears a bell ringing and bonds with the symbiote as a new host after Peter and becomes Venom. Learning Parker is Spider-Man, Venom seeks out Sandman (who mistaken him as Spider-Man that washed him in the Subway) and joins forces to kill Spider-Man. Eddie captures Mary Jane Watson and takes her to a construction site, which he and Sandman nearly finishes Peter until Peter's friend Harry Osborn, in his father’s Green Goblin gear, arrive and aid Peter. As Harry defeats Sandman, he suffered the same fate of Norman, allowing Spider-Man to remember the symbiote's weakness and weakens the suit. After separating Eddie and the symbiote, Peter destroys it with a pumpkin bomb, but Brock saves and re-bonds with it and both die in the explosion.

Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the 2018 film

In July 2007, a spin-off of Spider-Man 3 following Eddie Brock was being developed.[132] In September 2008, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese signed on to write.[133] Marvel Entertainment would have produced the film,[134] but the project was ultimately cancelled. In March 2012, plans for a new solo film emerged. Josh Trank was in talks to direct after Gary Ross left the project.[135] In March 2016, Sony hired Dante Harper to write the script with Arad and Matt Tolmach producing. At the time, the film was not planned to have any connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man.[136][137][138] A year later, following the success of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the expected success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony announced Venom would be released on October 5, 2018. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker were hired to write the script.[139] In May 2017, Tom Hardy signed on to play Eddie Brock and Ruben Fleischer was set to direct.[140] Amy Pascal claimed in June 2017 that the film would be "adjunct" to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[141]

Video gamesEdit

  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom first appeared as a boss character in the 1993 Mega-CD/Sega CD version of The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin in which he kidnaps Mary Jane Watson.[142]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom was both a protagonist and playable character in Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994) and Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995).[143][144]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appeared as one of the boss characters in The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes (1995).[145]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appeared as the last boss character in the Spider-Man video game (1995).[146]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom is a playable character in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, his appearances include Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998) and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000) (voiced by Rod Wilson).[147] Venom returns to the franchise as a downloadable playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017).[148]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a boss and later a supporting character in the Spider-Man video game (2000), voiced by Daran Norris.[149] This version of Venom is dark blue rather than black, and is also shown to be able to turn invisible. At the beginning of the game, after an impostor Spider-Man shatters his camera while he was taking pictures of Doctor Octopus's scientific demonstation for J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle, Brock swears revenge against both Spider-Man and Jameson, believing them to be evil and destroyers of innocence, and, enraged, the Venom symbiote resurfaces inside him, with the intent of killing Spider-Man. Venom later captures Spider-Man's wife Mary Jane in order to lure Spider-Man through an elaborate chase through the sewers; he also take control of the Lizard's lizard-men to attack Spider-Man during the chase, leaving the Lizard locked up in a cell. Eventually, after numerous mazes and puzzles, Spider-Man finds Venom's lair, where he rescues Mary Jane and defeats Venom, whom he then explains how someone has framed him and, thus, they have been deliberately turned against each other. To make amends with Spider-Man, Venom decides to aid him in finding the real identity of the impostor and becomes an ally for the rest of the game. Venom and Spider-Man arrive at the Daily Bugle to search through Jameson's files for the impostor's identity, but, during the search, Venom senses the presence of Carnage nearby and leaves to find him. Later, after Spider-Man discovers Doctor Octopus and Carnage to be the real villain masterminds and confronts them in their undersea base, Venom shows up out of nowhere and engages Carnage in a fight. After Spider-Man defeats Doctor Octopus, Carnage beats up Venom, forcing Spider-Man to take on Carnage himself. At the end of the game, after Spider-Man defeats the symbiote-possessed Doctor Octopus, he is saved from the self-destructing base by Venom, Black Cat, and Captain America in the latter's jet, who has been called for help by Black Cat and Venom.
  • The Ultimate version of Venom is a playable character and the final boss in the Ultimate Spider-Man (2005) video game, voiced by Daniel Capallaro (Eddie Brock Jr.) and by Arthur Burghardt (Venom).[150] the Venom symbiote itself is the central element of the game's story and most of it revolves around the suit. Similar to the Ultimate Marvel comics, Eddie is Peter Parker's childhood friend, but they haven't seen each other in years, and their fathers used to work together. The Venom symbiote was created by the two as a cure for cancer, being able to heal its host, but they never got to finish work on the suit, due to signing a contract with Trask Industries that caused them to lose ownership of the suit, and both of them dying later in a plane crash (secretly caused by Eddie Sr. trying the suit on board and losing control of it, due to its incompatibility). Years later, Peter and Eddie reunite and discover that the Venom suit is in their inheritance, but Peter ends up trying to steal it from Trask Industries after learning how they have cheated his father, only to be covered by a portion of it that results in the creation of his black suit, which he is forced to remove after only a few hours due to its instability. After learning of this, as well as Peter's secret identity as Spider-Man, Eddie angrily takes the rest of the symbiote for himself and becomes Venom, a dangerous and feral monster. After a brief battle with Peter, which is secretly witnessed by Trask Industries scientist Adrian Toomes, Venom is accidentally electrocuted by a downed power line, but secretly survives and reemerges three months later, now forced to feed on the life energy of civilians to prevent the suit from consuming him. He wins a battle against Wolverine in a bar, and later defeats numerous Wild Pack mercenaries, led by Silver Sable, who have been hired by the CEO of Trask Industries, Bolivar Trask, to recover his "property". Venom finally reemerges in front of Peter the following day and the two have a battle on the rooftop ot the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after which Eddie is captured by Silver Sable and brought to Trask Industries, where Trask and Toomes convince him to test the Venom suit for them, since they new his and Peter's fathers. His first test is a battle with Electro in Times Square, whom he manages to defeat due to showing an unusual ammoun of control over the suit while in the presence of Spider-Man. Returning to Trask, Eddie reveals this to him, who remembers that the Venom suit was created using Richard Parker's DNA and, thus, concludes that Peter is Spider-Man and getting some of his DNA should improve the suit. Silver Sable takes Eddie to hunt Peter down, but he transforms into Venom and escapes. Later, Venom is attacked by the Beetle, who has been dispatched to collect a sample of the symbiote, but he defeats him and then escapes into the night. After Silver Sable unsuccessfully tries to capture Peter and ends up unconscious following a fight with him on the Queensboro Bridge, Venom shows up and captures her, but Spider-Man gives chase and has yet another battle with Venom, which leaves both of them unconscious, allowing Sable to deliver them to Trask. After Toomes injects Peter with a makeshift sample of the symbiote, which transforms him into Carnage, Eddie turns into Venom and fights him through the building. Defeating Carnage, Venom absorbs the symbiote off Peter and the combination of the Carnage suit and the leftover samples of the Venom symbiote in Peter's blood grants Eddie complete control over the suit, symbolized by a white spider emblem appearing on Venom's chest. Furious at Trask for both his role in his and Peter's fathers' death and using him as a weapon, Venom then tries to kill him and attacks his helicopter on the roof of the building, but Spider-Man arrives to stop him and the two engage in a violent final battle. Venom is ultimately defeated and then arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents alongside Trask, but manages to escape, while Peter reads some files given to him by Trask and learns the truth behind his and Eddie's fathers' death, telling Nick Fury that Eddie needs to see the files as well. Later, Eddie breaks into the minimum-security prison where Trask has been incarcerated and, after revealing him that he now has full control over the Venom suit, transforms into Venom and brutally slays him. In the game's final scene, while Peter vocalizes his worries for Eddie, a partially transformed Eddie is seen leaping from a skyscraper, transforming into Venom just before he hits the ground. After the completion of the game, Venom becomes a playable character outside of the story and the player can freely explore the city as him, or go on a violent rampage.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005), voiced by Jason Bryden.[151][152]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom is included in the downloadable "Villains Pack" expansion for the Xbox 360 version of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006), voiced by Steven Blum. Venom's various alternate skins consist of his Classic and Ultimate designs as well as Angelo Fortunato and Mac Gargan.[153]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom is the final boss in all versions of the Spider-Man 3 video game (2007), with Topher Grace reprising his role from the film.[154] Similar to the film, Eddie was originally a photographer for the Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's rival, often competing against him for assignments. Shortly after Peter gets his symbiote black suit, him and Eddie are given the same assignment: expose Spider-Man as a criminal, and the one who does it first will get a promotion. Eddie attempts to cheat by paying someone to dress up as Spider-Man, but is then confronted by a black-suited Spider-Man, who scares away the impostor and punches Eddie in the face. He then reveals that he has installed several cameras around that automatically photographed Spider-Man punching him, but Spider-Man is able to destroy all the cameras and then departs, leaving Eddie to swear revenge against both Spider-Man and Peter (in the game's PlayStation 2 and PSP versions, Eddie dresses up as Spider-Man himself, only to be beaten up and exposed by the real Spider-Man, leading to his dismissal). Later, when Spider-Man retreats to a church to remove the symbiote upon realizing that it is a negative influence in his behavior, Eddie follows him and sees Peter unmask himself, before the symbiote attaches to him instead, turning Eddie into Venom. Venom later forms an alliance with Sandman to kill Spider-Man, kidnapping his daughter, Penny, and threatening to kill her if Sandman doesn't comply. The two villains then kidnap Mary Jane Watson and take her to a construction side, to lure Spider-Man. When the hero arrives, he is initially overwhelmed by Venom and Sandman, but gains help from New Goblin in defeating Sandman, although Venom seemingly kills New Goblin. Spider-Man and Venom then engage in a violent final battle, which culminates with Venom dying after being impaled on some steel bars down below (in the PS2 and PSP versions, Eddie loses control of the symbiote after being defeated by Spider-Man, which slithers away while Eddie seemingly dies; in the Nintendo DS version, Eddie seemingly dies after being thrown off a building, but the symbiote slithers away and the final scene shows "The End?").
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007), voiced by Quinton Flynn.[citation needed] His design his based on his appearance in the Spider-Man 3 film, and he is one of the most powerful partners in the game. In the opening scene, he is fighting Spider-Man and New Goblin alongside the other villains from the Spider-Man film trilogy, before they all get attacked by a hologram-symbiote combination of foot soldiers called P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s, controlled by an unknown supervillain (later revealed to be Mysterio). New Goblin and the villains then disappear, with the villains being place under mind-control by Mysterio and dispatched to guard the meteor shards which he used to create the P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s in various locations around the globe. Venom is sent to Transylvania and the player fights him inside the bell tower of an old castle located there. Upon being freed from the mind control, Venom states that the person behind the P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s has a "bubble for a head", before joining Spider-Man for the rest of his quest and, thus, becoming a playable character.[155]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as the main antagonist and the final boss of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008), voiced by Keith Szarabajka. At the beginning of the game, Venom attacks Spider-Man while he is on a date with Mary Jane, but this unwillingly leads to a part of his symbiote leaving him and bonding with Spider-Man instead, recreating his black suit, which causes him various mood swings as well as accessing Carnage-esque traits. After being defeated by Spider-Man, Venom manages to escape, and later starts making replicas of the symbiote in an invasion of Manhattan,[156] along with symbiote 'seed-pods' around the city that absorb passing civilians and infect them with various types of symbiote. Spider-Man has another battle with Venom, but he escapes once again and the invasion eventually reaches maximum scale, with the city now swarming with symbiote; some primary characters in the story are also infected with special types of symbiotes, including Electro, Vulture, Black Cat and Wolverine. Symbiote-Electro and Symbiote-Vulture go on to spawn other symbiotes with powers similar to their hosts, resulting in new types of symbiote called Electrolings and Vulturelings respectively. Eventually, the Tinkerer, with funding from Kingpin and S.H.I.E.L.D., builds a device capable of destroying all the symbiotes without harming their hosts. After foiling a symbiote attack led by Symbiote-Vulture, Spider-Man is given the choice of either activating the device, which successfully destroys all the symbiotes, including his black suit, or destroy it, so that he could keep the black suit and its powers forever. Regardless the choice, Spider-Man then learns that Venom is attacking the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and heads over there to plant bombs to destroy the Helicarrier, before being confronted by a giant five-headed Venom called "Venomzilla". He manages to destroy four of the heads, before one of the Helicarrier's giant turrets fires at Venomzilla, but to no avail. Realizing that only Venom can stop Venomzilla, Spider-Man tries to reach out to Eddie Brock, which surprisingly works, as Venom emerges from the giant symbiote monster to speak with Spider-Man, asking for his help. Depending on the player's final choice in the game, Spider-Man can either kill Venom by pulling him into one of the Helicarrier's engines, or help Brock realize the error of his ways, and then let him sacrifice himself to destroy Venomzilla for good (as well all the remaining symbiotes, only if Spider-Man chose to activate the Tinkerer's device). Regardless the choice, Venom dies and Spider-Man is able to escape from the Helicarrier before it explodes and crashes into the ocean, killing Venomzilla as well. In the aftermath, either the symbiote invasion in completely repelled, or Spider-Man becomes the new leader of the symbiote army and takes over Manhattan.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom is the alternate costume design for Mac Gargan's incarnation of Venom in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009).[157]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 3".[158][159]
  • Eddie Brock appears as a villain character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (2011) as both Venom and Anti-Venom, voiced again by Steven Blum.[160]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Anti-Venom appears in Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011), again voiced by Steven Blum.[161] This version of the character is a reformed anti-hero, but he is turned into a villain due to a mind-controlling device implanted by Alchemax CEO Walker Sloan, who uses Anti-Venom to try kill Spider-Man. In the opening scene, he kills Spider-Man, but this is later revealed to be an alternate timeline, which Spider-Man 2099 witnesses while in a time portal chasing after Walker Sloan, who travels back in time to establish Alchemax long before its time, causing Peter Parker, the present-day Spider-Man, to become an employee at Alchemax instead of the Daily Bugle. Through a connection, Spider-Man 2099 is able to warn Spider-Man about his future death, but instead of trying to avoid it, he does everything he can to get to the room where he would supposedly be killed, as it is his duty as a superhero to stop this potential killer. Arriving at the room with the time portal, Spider-Man confronts Doctor Octopus and Sloan, who unleashes the mind-controlled Anti-Venom to kill him. As the battle progresses, Anti-Venom grows larger and stronger and manages to absorb all of Spider-Man's powers. Powerless, Spider-Man is killed by Anti-Venom, similar to Spider-Man 2099's vision, but he travels through the time portal and brings the original Spider-Man to the year 2099, where the advanced technology allows him to revive him. Spider-Man 2099 then returns to the present and fights Anti-Venom himself. Owing to the fact that his powers are not radiation-based, Anti-Venom is not able to absorb Spider-Man 2099's powers and, thus, is easily defeated by him. Freed from the mind-control, Anti-Venom attacks Sloan in rage for using him as a puppet, and tackles him, Doctor Octopus, and himself into the time portal, which not only disables it, leaving the two Spider-Men stuck in each other's timeline, but also ends up fusing all three of them into a dangerous and out-of-control monster called "Atrocity", which has Anti-Venom's symbiote and Doctor Octopus's tentacles and is trapped between present and future, allowing it to open small time portals with his tentacles to attack the two Spider-Men at various moments. After reactivating the time portal, the two Spider-Men return to their proper timelines, but Atrocity follows Peter to the present, where, after analyzing a sample of its DNA, he discovers its identity. In the final battle, Spider-Man fights Atrocity at the time portal, while Spider-Man 2099 fights an insane future version of Peter who became the new CEO of Alchemax, and they help each other out by using Atrocity's time-travelling tentacles to imobilize the CEO. In the end, both Spider-Men emerge victorious and throw Atrocity and the CEO into the portal, which returns everything back to normal, with only the two Spider-Men knowing about the events of these erased timelines.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in the fighting game Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (2012), voiced by Roger Craig Smith.[162]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Marvel Heroes, voiced by Neil Kaplan. Anti-Venom and Toxin are alternate costume designs.[163]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013), voiced by Dave Boat.[164] The original incarnation and the Ultimate version are different attires for the character.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Anti-Venom appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[165]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Matt Lanter.[166] He is playable in the Spider-Man playset.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears in the mobile version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game, with Benjamin Diskin reprising his role.[167] He is part of his own sidequest in the game. Eddie is first seen as a photographer for the Daily Globe, who pretends to be an investigative reporter and enlists Spider-Man's help in fighting some crooks that he has been investigating recently, but it turns out to be a trap and Spider-Man is ambushed by the crooks, while Eddie takes pictures of the fight for the Globe. After defeating the crooks, Spider-Man angrily confronts Eddie and learns about his true intentions, but lets him keep his camera with the photos and leaves, warning Eddie not to endanger his life anymore for the sake of his job. However, Eddie doesn't take his advice and later infiltrates Oscorp, where he discovers their secret experiments with the lizard DNA serum in the hopes of creating super-soldiers, but is captured and thrown off the rooftop of the Oscorp building, although he is saved just in time by Spider-Man. Eddie then continues his investigation into Oscorp in the hopes of exposing its corruption and finds evidence that they are supplying the gangs with high tech weapons, but is once again captured and Oscorp decides to use him as a guinea pig for one of their experiments: they inject him with a black liquid substance created from Richard Parker's research that transforms him into Venom. Oscorp then set Venom loose into the city and he begins infecting numerous gang members with the symbiote, turning them into his mindless zombie minions. After learning of Eddie's disappearance, Spider-Man begins asking various people around the city, including uninfected gang members and police officers, who have mistake Venom for Spider-Man and accuse him of working with the gangs. After numerous encounters and fights with infected gang members and clearing his name, Spider-Man tracks down Venom just as he was kidnapping some civilians and preparing to turn them into symbiotes, and the two engage in a fight, during which Spider-Man tries to save as many people as possible from being infected, but Venom escapes. Giving chase, Spider-Man confronts Venom and the last of his infected minions on a rooftop, where he defeats them all and discovers Venom to be Eddie. Freed from the symbiote's control, Eddie tells Spider-Man everything that has happened, before the symbiotes explodes, leaving him unconscious. Spider-Man promises Eddie that he will find someone to help him and make Oscorp pay for what they have done to him. The Venom symbiote is also alluded in the main console and Microsoft Windows versions of the game, where a wing at the Ravencroft Institute is called "Venom Wing".
  • Eddie Brock's various aliases (Venom, Anti-Venom and Toxin) are all playable characters in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game.[168] Venom also serves as a boss in the limited time Symbiote Dimension event.
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Marvel Avengers Academy, voiced by Brian Stivale.[169]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.[170] When Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man 2099 break into Alchemax, the heroes start to fight scientists who have become possessed by the symbiotes of both Venom and Carnage. Later, Green Goblin 2099 uses a shard of the Nexus of All Realities to fuse the Venom symbiote and the Carnage symbiote into a new creature, dubbed "Carnom" by Spider-Man, who is being controlled by the Goblin himself. Carnom fights and is defeated by the heroes, who free him from the Goblin's control. As the heroes claim the shard, Carnom starts chasing after Goblin 2099 in retaliation for its abuse. Carnom is also available as a playable character in the game.[171]
  • The Eddie Brock version of Venom appears as a boss and then a playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, once again voiced by Steven Blum.[172] He is a member of the Sinister Six and fights the heroes alongside Electro during the Raft prison break. After Electro is defeated, Venom consumes him to gain more strength, rather than let his fallen ally abandon him, but is still ultimately defeated by the heroes and releases Electro. Afterwards, instead of being locked up again like the other Sinister Six members, Spider-Man reasons with Venom and convinces him to join the heroes in their quest to save Earth, thus making Venom a playable character for the rest of the game, though he still wishes to kill Spider-Man afterwards to prove his supremacy.


  • A wrestling fan in Spider-Man (2002) played by R.C. Everbeck is identified as Eddie Brock in the film's novelization.[173]

Short storiesEdit

Brock is featured in the 1994 short story "An Evening in the Bronx with Venom" by Keith R.A. DeCandido from The Ultimate Spider-Man short story collection book.[174][175]


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