Symbiote (comics)

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The two most enduring symbiotic characters, Venom and his offspring Carnage, battling each other in the cover of Venom vs. Carnage #1 (July 2004). Art by Clayton Crain
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Black Costume, The Amazing Spider-Man #252 , The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, and Marvel Team-Up #141 Symbiote, The Amazing Spider-Man #258 (May 1984)
Created by Jim Shooter (Writer)
Mike Zeck (Artist)
Notable members Venom
Inherent abilities Symbiosis with a host provides superhuman strength, speed, agility, and endurance; gains characteristics of host; amplifies original powers and traits of hosts

The Symbiotes (later revealed to be known as the Klyntar) are a fictional race of amorphous extraterrestrial symbiotes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Symbiotes bond with their hosts, creating a symbiotic bond through which a single entity is created. They also are able to slightly alter their hosts personalities, by influencing their darkest desires and wants, along with amplifying their physical and emotional traits and personality, granting them with super-human abilities.

The first appearance(s) of a symbiote occurs in The Amazing Spider-Man #252, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, and Marvel Team-Up #141 (released concurrently in May 1984), in which Spider-Man brings one home to Earth after the Secret Wars (Secret Wars #8, which was released months later, details his first encounter with it). The concept was created by a Marvel Comics reader,[1] with the publisher purchasing the idea for $220.[2] The original design was then modified by Mike Zeck, becoming the Venom symbiote. The concept would be explored and used throughout multiple storylines, spin-off comics, and derivative projects.

Fictional biography[edit]

The Klyntar, as the symbiotes call themselves, originate from a planet of the same name in the Andromeda Galaxy, and are a benevolent species which believes in helping others, which they attempt to do by creating heroes through the process of bonding to the morally and physically ideal. Hosts afflicted with chemical imbalances or cultural malignancy can corrupt symbiotes, turning them into destructive parasites which combat their altruistic brethren by spreading lies and disinformation about their own kind, in order to make other races fear and hate the species as a whole.[3]

The corrupted Klyntar became more widespread than their benevolent counterparts, establishing a space faring culture dedicated to infecting and overtaking planets. The corrupted Klyntar force their hosts to perform death-defying feats in order to feed off of the resulting rushes of adrenaline, and other hormones, such as phenethylamine. These host beings would be sucked dry, exhausted by the constant stress and exertion, or simply die in a failed stunt.[4]

At some point, corrupted symbiotes overran a planet which was later devoured by Galactus. Due to their genetic memory, all symbiotes now loathe both Galactus and his former herald, the Silver Surfer.[5] ZZZXX, a symbiote with a predilection for eating brains, was also captured by the Shi'ar, and imprisoned and studied for years until it was released and employed as a Praetorian Guard by Gabriel Summers.[6]

The cover of Secret Wars #8, which details Spider-Man's first encounter with the black costume. Pencil art by Mike Zeck.

The Venom symbiote is the first permanent symbiote resident of Earth, brought by Spider-Man after the events of the "Secret Wars" storyline. It was later established that the Venom symbiote was considered crazy by its fellow parasites since it sought, like the peaceful Klyntar, a mutual bond with a host rather than domination, and for that reason the symbiote was placed in a prison canister, and supposedly condemned to death by disintegration on a planet that would later become part of Beyonder's Battleworld where it bonded with Spider-Man while he was trying a machine that creates any article of clothing a person can imagine. Spider-Man would return with the symbiote to Earth where it remained bonded for some time until Reed Richards discovered the suit was actually a living alien symbiote and helped Spider-Man remove it with a sonic blaster. Stung by the rejection, the symbiote escaped from a secured laboratory located within the Fantastic Four headquarters and went looking for Spider-Man again. It bonded with him a second time but Spider-Man was able to remove using the sound of blaring church bells. The symbiote eventually went to Eddie Brock; during this time, it spawned six children, its first child later having two of its own. Brock would soon reform and spend considerable time trying to become a hero with the suit.

Though originally happy with Brock, because Brock blamed Spider-Man for his failures, the symbiote gradually became increasingly possessive and abusive of him, eventually being sold off by Eddie. It is later revealed that, in addition to their mutual enmity for Spider-Man, it also stuck with him because of cancer of his adrenal glands. Since then, the Venom suit has gradually grown more and more monstrous and psychotic. When bonded to Flash Thompson, who originally struggled to control it, the symbiote developed some slight affection for him.[7] It is later established that the host's mental state affects the symbiote just as much as the other way around,[8] as the Carnage symbiote is as psychotic as its host and the Venom suit's explosiveness got worse after bonding with its two hosts after Brock, both of which were career criminals. Likewise, the various symbiotes bonded to heroes are not shown to be as twisted, though they occasionally struggle with aggression.

Angel Medina claims he was reluctant to start work on Mighty Avengers because he was working on a Venom project, only to be told he would be drawing a story with "the Avengers vs. an alien invasion—by the Venoms."[9] This story arc was later confirmed to be drawn by Mark Bagley, as Medina would be unavailable.[10] Solicitations state that the New Avengers will also be part of this arc, themselves becoming infested by symbiotes. New Avengers #34 revealed that Doctor Doom is responsible for dropping a "Venom Bomb" on New York that unleashes the symbiotes. The story was completed in Mighty Avengers #8. Further backstory reveals that Doctor Doom collected a tiny sample of the symbiote's cells from the drone he had sent in earlier.[11] Later, it is revealed that Kristoff Vernard actually orchestrated this so that Doom would be arrested for the event above.[12]

A swarm of Brood that had been overtaken by symbiotes later invade the S.W.O.R.D. satellite and possess all of its inhabitants, among them Abigail Brand, and Deathbird. The symbiotes are defeated by Spider-Man (who temporarily merges with one, controlling it with the help of Martha Johansson) and the X-Men.[13]


The homeworld of the Klyntar was later raided by the Poisons with help from Haze Mancer – a symbiote poacher – resulting in the apparent death of the Agents of the Cosmos and the abduction of all the symbiotes, leaving the planet barren and uninhabited.[14] The abducted symbiotes were later modified by the Poisons so they could use on the superheroes on Earth in order for the Poisons to consume. After the defeat of the Poisons, the surviving symbiotes were returned to Klyntar.[15]

Knull and the Secret origin of the Symbiotes[edit]

It is eventually revealed that the Klyntar were created by an ancient malevolent primordial deity named Knull, whose existence predates the universe itself. When the Celestials began their vast plan to evolve the universe, Knull retaliated by constructing, from his own shadow, a sword made from living darkness. This was the first symbiote, All-Black, which he used to slay a Celestial. The Celestials fought back and cast Knull into the void where he used the slain Celestial's severed head (that head would later become Nowhere) as a forge to temper his symbiote-sword in its cosmic energies. Intent on devouring the divine light that had usurped his kingdom of darkness, Knull manifested a symbiotic suit of armour from the eldritch darkness he commanded and embarked on a genocide against the other gods.[16] During his rampage, Knull is badly wounded in combat and crash-landed on a desolate planet, where his symbiote-sword was found by one of the indigenous inhabitants, Gorr.[17] Despite this setback, Knull created an army of symbiotes and used them to conquer planets and devour entire civilizations, establishing in the process the Symbiote Imperium.[18] However, Knull's connection to the symbiotes was severed when a dragon-like composite symbiote named Grendel under Knull's control arrived on Earth during the Viking Age, and was defeated by Thor and sealed away. Freed from Knull's control, the hive-mind became tainted with notions of honor and nobility as they bonded to benevolent hosts, the symbiotes subsequently rebelled against their god, imprisoning him at the heart of an artificial planet they called Klyntar which is their word for "cage". Ashamed of their dark past, the symbiotes of Klyntar desired to spread and maintain peace throughout the Cosmos by seeking out worthy hosts from various species in order to create an organization of noble warriors.[19]

Sym-Soldier Program[edit]

Grendel's body was eventually found by S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Vietnam War, who used its biomass to bond to a group of wounded soldiers and create a symbiote super-soldier program.[20] These symbiote-augmented super-soldiers were sent on black ops missions, unaware that they had also awakened Knull and reestablished his connection to the symbiote-dragon's offshoots. Slowly Knull began attempting to assert his influence over them. One member of the team, Rex Strickland, eventually left and became an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. while the others eventually fully succumbed to the primordial symbiote's control, going insane and were ultimately cryogenically frozen.[21]

The Return of Knull[edit]

Knull was eventually able to fully seize control of the symbiote-dragon and sent it on a rampage through downtown Manhattan but was stopped by the combined efforts of Venom and Spider-Man. Using Grendel's biomass to manifest an avatar of his true form, Knull tried to strip the Venom symbiote from its host and purge it of the benevolence and compassion it had obtained during its time on Earth.[22] When confronted by Eddie Brock, Knull showed him the true origins and history of the symbiotes, mocking him for believing the lies told to the Venom symbiote by the Klyntar hive-mind. Re-forming Grendel around his avatar, Eddie and Spider-Man, Knull flew into space and revealed his plan to obtain the missing pieces of the symbiote-dragon in order to free his true body from Klyntar and resume his conquest of the universe, starting with Earth.[23]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The symbiote bonding with a host, which it needs to survive

Symbiotes empower the natural abilities of a host to the point where they far exceed that of normal members of the hosts' species. These abilities include the following:

  • Superhuman strength (strong enough to lift 50 tons or more), speed, endurance, agility, healing factor, and intelligence, enhances other natural attributes as well.
  • Genetic memory, recalling information from previous hosts.
  • The ability to negate damage caused by terminal illnesses and permanent injuries while not actually healing it. For example, Eddie Brock was able to survive indefinitely with terminal cancer, and Scott Washington was able to walk despite being paraplegic. Also Flash Thompson had received "legs" after bonding with the Venom symbiote when he lost his legs in a war. While symbiotes can somewhat heal their hosts, they generally seek to force their hosts to depend on them and thus ensure the symbiotes' survival.
  • Can expand to any size as long as they have something to grow on such as a host or an object. Symbiotes can get inside of small areas such as electric wires and the insides of cars and completely disable them.
  • Its own senses extend over its entire surface, enabling its host to "see" what is behind or otherwise not in his/her line of sight.
  • The symbiote also reacts to the thoughts and will of the host. When Spider-Man was originally selected, he had been thinking about Spider-Woman's costume in the Secret Wars. The symbiote acted on this and formed a similar costume, which is the one seen on him and Venom.
  • Can blend in the environment and disappear.
  • Can change the form of the body, (clothes, attire etc.)
  • Changes the actual suit design based on personality.

The following are functions that have been demonstrated from various hosts' wills (but are not limited to):

  • The ability to block part of the host's mind.
  • The ability to form fangs or simple bladed weapons out of their limbs. First appearance was the Carnage symbiote
  • The ability to form tendrils and tentacles of various lengths from their body.
  • The ability to project the surface of the symbiote to attack at a distance.
  • The ability to shapeshift, from mimicking clothing up to and including complete change of appearance, regardless to the host's actual stature and bodily dimensions as the symbiotes are living tesseracts.
  • The ability to camouflage itself and its host by assuming the color or texture of the material behind or around it. (The Venom symbiote displayed the ability to do this with water and wood.)
  • The ability to stick to walls (adapted from Spider-Man).
  • The ability to produce toxins and venoms, such as in the venomous bite Venom delivered to Sandman.
  • The ability to produce webbing from its own mass (adapted from Spider-Man).
  • The Venom symbiote also has empathic abilities, and is able to project desires and needs into the thoughts of its host or potential hosts; this ability can also aid Venom in detecting the truth from those he interrogates.
  • Can sense the presence of other beings within a certain distance.
  • Symbiote bonding protects the host from Ghost Rider's penance stare.
  • Venom and all its descendants (the latter to a lesser extent) possess the ability to bypass the Spider-Sense; because the original symbiote was attached to Peter Parker (Spider-Man) first, it took his genetic information and spider-powers. This means that the symbiote attacking Peter would essentially be Peter attacking himself, which wouldn't set off his Spider-Sense (during the Clone Saga, this became complicated, as Venom and Carnage did set off Ben Reilly's Spider-Sense, however this has been attributed to Ben being cloned from Peter prior to his first encounter with the Venom Symbiote).
  • The ability to create storage portals inside of them (this created easy access to Peter's camera).
  • Each symbiote has their own unique ability, such as Carnage being able to see from every direction of his body (this is similar to Spider-Man's Spider-Sense), Venom's venomous bite, and Toxin's ability to change his shape and form into a Spiderman-like build (slim, but strong) and Venom-like build (big and muscular) which is dependent on its mood.
  • In some realities, Venom's symbiote has been shown to be able to replicate.
  • In some realities, the symbiote feeds on the baser emotions of its host, creating an increasingly hostile personality. The longer the host is exposed to the symbiote, the more overpowering this state of mind becomes.
  • Has the ability to filter breathable air for the host, allowing them to breathe underwater (seen in Vengeance of Venom), inhale poisonous fumes, and even survive in space.
  • The ability to grow wings as shown when Venom came in contact with Knull.


Symbiotes have a natural weakness to "sonic and heat-based attacks". However, as each new symbiote has spawned a child, a natural evolution seems to not only increase their strengths, but also reduce their weaknesses. Even already existing symbiotes can mutate and develop these resistances. Still, there has not been an invulnerable symbiote in mainstream continuity, because the newest breeds can be harmed by incredible amounts of sonic waves and heat. Also, in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, symbiotes are vulnerable to the heat produced by high voltage electricity.

There are other weaknesses as well besides sonics and heat. Iron Man managed to create an antidote formula that could destroy a symbiote (it should be noted that these were actually just virus-like biological organisms created by Doctor Doom, originally based on the Venom symbiote and were specially made as a bio-weapon). With Venom and Carnage, authorities have been able to keep the symbiotes in check with a chemical inhibitor. The criminal Styx nearly killed the Venom symbiote with his lethal touch. Whether a symbiote can mutate and reduce the effect of these weaknesses is unknown, although Carnage claimed to have developed invulnerability to sonics. Also, when a symbiote bonded with Wolverine, it was pushed out by his advanced healing factor, although Wolverine's healing factor was no use when he was bonded to a clone of the Venom symbiote.

In some incarnations, the symbiote is depicted as requiring a certain chemical (most likely phenethylamine) to stay sane and healthy, which has been said to be found abundantly in two sources: chocolate and human brain tissue. Thus, the host is forced to steal/buy large amounts of chocolate or become an unwilling cannibal who devours the brains of those they kill. This peculiar trait has only been witnessed in the Venom symbiote. However, both Carnage and Toxin have threatened their enemies with aspirations to "eating their brains", as well as various other body parts. When Toxin teamed up with Spider-Man and Black Cat, he struggled to keep himself together, telling Spider-Man that he was only "joking" about eating the robbers' brains.

On at least one occasion, Spider-Man was able to exhaust the Venom symbiote by taking advantage of the fact that it made its webbing out of itself; after the symbiote had already used a great deal of webbing to bind him to a bell, Spider-Man forced Venom to use further webbing so that it would exhaust itself, like blood dripping from a wound (although the sheer amount of webbing that the symbiotes would need to use for this weakness to be exploited makes its use in a fight limited).

Another weakness that they have is their hunger for feelings. In the storyline Planet of the Symbiotes, Eddie Brock releases a cry of pain and agony so great that the entire symbiote race commits mass suicide.[24] However, how they kill themselves is not clear.

The Xenophages, a race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters which prey on symbiotes, possess the ability to spew an unknown incendiary chemical that can paralyze symbiotes, and enhance their taste.[25]

A new and still mysteriously extraterrestrial race known as Poisons, apparently nature's answer to the symbiotes, prey on them through direct contact infection, which forms an unstoppable one-sided union that the symbiote wants no part of.[26]

It was hinted that the Symbiotes' aggressive behavior may be a result of its bonding with a person who has very abusive behavior driving them insane as shown when Tel-Kar first wore the Venom Symbiote suit before it switches to Spider-Man, however since their true origins were revealed, their aggressive behavior is actually their true nature.

List of symbiotes[edit]

Major character symbiotes[edit]

The following symbiotes have appeared throughout several years of Spider-Man's history, appeared in multiple media such as film and video games and were main characters/villains in story arcs.

Name First appearance Current host Description
Venom The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (April 1988) Eddie Brock Chronologically introduced in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8, merged with Spider-Man, and notably Eddie Brock. Mac Gargan then went on to be the symbiote's host for a while, later it was acquired by the government and was being used by Flash Thompson under the alias Agent Venom until it separated from Flash and moved on to Lee Price, only to eventually return to Eddie Brock. It is revealed in "Venom: First Host" that a Kree soldier named Tel-Kar is chronologically the first wearer of the suit, before Spider-Man.
Carnage The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (April 1992) Cletus Kasady A child-spawn of Venom bonded to serial killer Cletus Kasady. This spawn was eventually reabsorbed into Venom. After losing his symbiote, Kasady discovers a similar symbiote in the Negative Zone and once again becomes Carnage. Some time later Cletus got separated from Carnage and Norman Osborn got bonded to the Carnage symbiote so he could defeat Spider-Man. He mixed it with the goblin formula to purge the symbiote's weaknesses.
Toxin Venom Vs. Carnage #2 (September 2004) Patrick Mulligan A spawn of Carnage that bonded with police officer Patrick Mulligan, becoming a hero. Later forcibly bonded to Eddie Brock by the Crime Master sometime after Patrick was beaten to death by Blackheart.[27]
Anti-Venom The Amazing Spider-Man #569 (October 2008) Flash Thompson Created when remnants of the Venom symbiote in Eddie Brock's body were combined with his white blood cells by the mystical energies of Mister Negative. Anti-Venom possesses curative abilities and its touch is corrosive to the Venom symbiote. Unlike other symbiotes, the Anti-Venom suit is non-sentient. The suit is seemingly destroyed in the 2011 "Spider-Island" story arc.[28] However, in 2017's "Venom Inc." Dr. Steven recreates the symbiote and it bonds with Flash Thompson, creating the same look as Agent Venom but with inverted colours.

Supporting character symbiotes[edit]

The following symbiotes have made only a few other appearances in comic books and are usually excluded from adaptations in other media.

Name First appearance Description
Dreadface Fantastic Four #360 (January 1992) A symbiote capable of mind-controlling subjects by touch. The alien was captured aboard the ship of Devos the Devastator but escaped during an altercation between Devos and the Fantastic Four. Dreadface is presumed destroyed.
Scream Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993) In an attempt to create "super-cops" to police their new Utopia, the Life Foundation probed the Venom symbiote and extracted the last five of its "seeds" – the materials used to create its spawn. These were cultured and bonded to five of the Life Foundation's best security personnel to form the Guardians: Donna Diego (Scream), Carl Mach (Phage), Leslie Gesneria (Agony), Trevor Cole (Riot), and Ramon Hernandez (Lasher).

In the comics none of the five symbiotes were originally given names. However, in the Venom: Planet of the Symbiotes story line, the yellow symbiote was named Scream and the green symbiote was named Lasher. The name Scream was eventually used in Marvel Super Hero Island Adventures #1 and the Spider-Man Back in Black Handbook. The toyline also featured a four armed symbiote named Riot that was loosely based on the unnamed symbiote in the comic What if Scarlet Spider killed Spider-Man?.[29] The other symbiote names became popular among fans but did not appear in an official Marvel work until the 2011 Carnage U.S.A. mini-series.

Mach, Cole, Hernandez, and Gesneria were all murdered by Diego after she decided that symbiotes were evil; the murdered guards' symbiotes fused to create Hybrid.[30]

Hybrid Venom: Along Came A Spider #1 (January 1996) The character was introduced as the fusion of the four 'Life Foundation symbiotes', bonded to prison guard Scott Washington. Years later, Scream and Hybrid are hunted and killed by Eddie Brock.[31] The Hybrid symbiote was able to survive and was taken in by the US Government, forcibly separated, and bonded to four soldiers to battle Carnage: Rico Axelson (Phage), James Murphy (Agony), Howard Ogden (Riot), and Marcus Simms (Lasher).[30][27] The four soldiers come to be known as the Mercury Team. While on another rampage, Carnage kills the Mercury Team without their symbiotes.[32] The four symbiotes temporarily bond with Deadpool to fight Carnage. After Carnage's defeat, Deadpool unbonds with the symbiotes and the symbiotes bond to Mercury Team's dog.[33]
Payback True Believers (September 2008) Bonded to a more evolved cousin of normal race of symbiotes. Is currently a vigilante and head of the True Believers.
ZZZXX X-Men: Kingbreaker #2 (March 2009) He is a unique brain-eating member of the Symbiote species that was discovered several years ago by Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken. Unlike other symbiotes, ZZZXX didn't bother to ask permission or care to know his host.
Scorn Carnage #5 (August 2011) Originally a piece of Carnage recovered after his apparent destruction by Sentry. The piece was used to develop an advanced prosthetic arm used by Dr. Tanis Nieves. After she rejected its attempt to bond with her, it became attached to Shriek but grew fearful of her. Dr. Nieves accepted its desire to return to her and bonded with the symbiote to become Scorn.
Mania Venom #31 (April 2013) Eugene Thompson's neighbor in Philadelphia named Andy bonds with a clone of the Venom symbiote (which is possessed in turn by a demonic entity). In "Venom Inc" Lee Price who was bonded to Venom stole the Mania symbiote to become Maniac. He was later defeated by Spiderman, Venom and Agent Anti-Venom. The clone was later reabsorbed from Venom leaving Andy without a symbiote (and still cursed).
Marcus Deadpool: The Gauntlet #8 (February 2014) An ancient centaur/werewolf hybrid with a black symbiote and diabetes, Marcus was hired by Dracula to be a member of the New Frightful Four.
Karl Malus Captain America: Sam Wilson #3 (November 2015) Somehow surviving within the Carnage symbiote after being consumed by it during the events of Superior Carnage, Malus later emerged from it as a symbiote/human hybrid.
Agents of the Cosmos Guardians of the Galaxy #23 (March, 2015) An organization of noble warriors from various species that were sought by symbiotes to act as champions dedicated in protecting those in need and capable of maintaining peace across the universe. Flash Thompson was formerly a member of this organization while possessing the Venom symbiote.
Raze Carnage #10 (September 2016) Spawned by Carnage and bonded with former FBI special agent Claire Dixon as part of a ritual involving the Darkhold.
All-Black Thor: God of Thunder #2 (January 2013) The first proto-symbiote ever created from the shadow of the evil deity Knull and tempered using the divine power of a slain Celestial head (The head would later be called Nowhere). It took the form of a sword made from living darkness and responds to intense negative emotions, often corrupting its user into committing divine atrocities. Gorr after taking The All Black from Knull was corrupted by the symbiote and continued the "God" killing spree that Knull had started.
Knull Venom (Vol) 4 #3 (August 2018) A primordial god of darkness that manifested the first symbiote from his shadow in order to kill a Celestial and using it's blood to form a suit of symbiote-armor when embarking on his deicidal crusade. While stranded on a desolate world, Knull discovered he could infect "lesser creatures" with the living abyss, therefore creating the symbiotes to conquer the universe. He's considered the God of the Symbiotes and also the unidentified entity seen in Thor: God of Thunder #6.
Endo-Sym Armor Superior Iron Man #1 (January 2015) When Tony Stark's personality was switched during The Axis storyline he created The Armor Mark 50 (or The Endo-Sym Armor). This armor was an artificial symbiote based on the Venom Symbiote but it didn't have any of the symbiotes weaknesses. Tony controlled the artificial symbiote through a device which it reads his thoughts. This symbiote didn't have a mind of his own like the original symbiotes. When Tony's mind got back to normal he got rid of this armor.
The Grendel symbiotes Venom (Vol) 4 #2 (July 2018) These symbiotes where the very first symbiotes to arrive on earth most specifically in Northern Europe in the 10th century. At this time it was controlled by Knull to invade this planet as part of Knull's Kingdom, until Thor arrived and defeated the symbiote dragon. This caused to destroy the connection between Knull and the symbiotes, but Knull had still full control of Grendel. These symbiotes remained trapped in ice for years until Nick Fury discovered it. He bonded the symbiotes to soldiers to create powerful symbiote soldiers to fight in Vietnam. However the symbiotes under the control of Knull took over their hosts except one soldier who removed his symbiote from himself ,but the others started killing everyone. Nick Fury with the help of Wolverine captured the symbiote infected soldiers except that one removed symbiote who escaped Knull's control and took the form of his original human host who got consumed by it in action.
Sleeper Venom: First Host #3 (September 2018) It's revealed that one seed inside Venom had remained after the Life Foundation extracted the seeds of Scream, Phage, Lasher, Agony and Riot. Venom after got "purified" wanted to keep his new offspring safe from people who would use it for bad things and wanted to make it a hero like itself instead of becoming another Carnage so gave birth to it in Alchemax. After the Venom symbiote was stolen from his first host Tel-Kar ,the offspring bonded to Eddie so they would save Venom with the help of the Warbride Skrull M'Lanz.

Other versions[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the Symbiotes are featured. The Venom suit is a man-made creation born of an experiment by Richard Parker and Edward Brock, Sr. to develop a protoplasmic cure for cancer. It used Richard's DNA as the starting base for it, thus himself and Peter are "related" to it. The suit enhances the wearer's strength and natural abilities, but also attempts to permanently bond with the host and can affect his/her mind. The Ultimate symbiote is seemingly weak only to electricity. When worn by a host other than Richard's son Peter, the Ultimate Spider-Man, the host is compelled to devour the life energy of other human beings or else have their own be consumed by the suit instead.

The Carnage symbiote also appears in the Ultimate universe as a parasite genetically engineered by Curt Conners from Peter's DNA. Traces of the Venom suit remaining in Peter's blood give Carnage similar properties to the Venom suit. It also devours people, but does not require a host. It is killed after being consumed by fire following its attempt to absorb Peter to become whole. It later reappears in the form of Gwen Stacy, and during an encounter with Venom, the latter absorbs the Carnage suit into itself, making Venom "complete" though more monstrous than ever before.

In other media[edit]


  • Symbiotes appear in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series. Both Venom and Carnage appear. In the series, Venom is defeated by Spider-Man and sent into space. Dormammu brings Venom back to serve him. When Venom fails to get a portal device they bond Carnage to Cletus Kasady and send him to help Venom. Venom betrays Dormammu and leaves. Carnage is sent to absorb life energy. Eddie Brock willingly separates from Venom. When Carnage kidnaps Ashley Kafka who Eddie is in love with Eddie rejoins with the symbiote and helps Spider-Man. When Carnage attempts to throw Kafka into limbo the place between portals Venom stops him and knocks them both into limbo. During the Spider Wars season finale, Carnage bonds with Spider-Man to create Spider Carnage.
  • In Spider-Man Unlimited, Venom and Carnage are primary villains.
  • The Venom, Carnage, and Anti-Venom Symbiotes appear in Ultimate Spider-Man. Venom and Anti-Venom are created by Doctor Octopus. Venom was created by altering a sample of Spider-Man's DNA and Anti-Venom was created from the Venom sample used to counter and destroy the Venom Symbiote. The Carnage symbiote is created by Green Goblin and later recreated by Michael Morbius from the Venom symbiote he obtained.
  • In the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "The Venom Within," Doctor Octopus creates Gamma Venom by having the Venom Symbiote combine with each members of the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. This version of the Venom Symbiote is destroyed by the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Spider-Man.
  • The Symbiotes appear in the animated Guardians of the Galaxy series that debuted in 2015. Their origins revealed in the three-part "Symbiote War" as originally Klyntar who were altered by Thanos in his experiments on the mining planet later revealed to be what remained of Groot's homeworld.
  • The Venom Symbiote appeared in the animated Spider-Man series that debuted in 2017. In this version, Horizon High grandmaster Max Modell acquires the symbiote from NASA's space program as a way to discover and add a new element to the periodic table. It first appeared in the episode "A Day in the Life", in which Black Cat steals it as a means to sell it to the black market, but Spider-Man recaptures it and takes it back to Horizon High. It later appears in episodes such as "Sandman" and "Symbiotic Relationship."


Sam Raimi film series[edit]

The Venom symbiote appears in Spider-Man 3, after it landed on Earth inside a meteorite. The symbiote fused with Peter Parker / Spider-Man's suit enhancing his powers and abilities. After being discarded by Parker, following the dark influence it had on him, the entity attaches to Eddie Brock played by Topher Grace. A Venom-centered spin-off was planned where the character would be depicted as an anti-hero but was canceled by the studio.[citation needed]

Marc Webb films[edit]

In trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the Venom symbiote appeared briefly among various elements of supervillain technology seen in the Gustav Fiers / The Gentleman's agency. In the final cut of the film the symbiote was replaced by the Rhino's armor. As Richard Parker has a strong connection with Oscorp's Special Projects equipment used by many Spider-Man villains. Sony Pictures had plans to create a Spider-Man cinematic universe with various spin-off films including a Venom film, but those plans were abandoned following the studio agreement reached with Marvel Studios.[citation needed]

Sony's Marvel Universe[edit]

Following the success of reintroducing Spider-Man via a cinematic form of media in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the expected reception of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Sony Pictures stated that they were moving forward with Venom, written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, and directed by Ruben Fleischer. It will be released on October 5, 2018. Tom Hardy was cast to portray Eddie Brock / Venom. While initial reports stated that the film would be separate from the MCU - instead set within its own continuity called Sony's Marvel Universe, with no connections to the Spider-Man character - in June 2017, Amy Pascal revealed in an interview that the film will have connections to Spider-Man: Homecoming and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an "adjunct" film, with Tom Holland possibly reprising his role as Spider-Man in Venom as well as future spin-off films as well.[34] In the International teaser trailer, the Venom symbiote can be briefly seen in a glass capsule, before Venom himself is revealed at the end of the first trailer. Riot is confirmed to appear in Venom.[35]

Video games[edit]

  • In the arcade title Spider-Man: The Video Game after the defeat of Dr. Doom, the final boss fight consists of a battle against an infinite number of Doom-created symbiote clones. All the clones can be killed, but there is one "prime clone" with much more life. Defeating this clone is the only way to win.
  • In the N64/PlayStation title Spider-Man, the symbiotes become the more common enemy after the player rescues Mary Jane and heads back to the Daily Bugle. The fastest way to kill these symbiotes is to find a fire-imbued web cartridge. It is revealed that Doctor Octopus and Carnage plan to unleash the symbiotes on all of humanity and rule a new world order.
  • The symbiote family are major characters in the video game Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety.
  • Venom appears as the final boss in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • Venom appears in Ultimate Spider-Man (for Game Boy Advance) as a playable character. Carnage appears too, but as a boss, Venom also appears as a boss a few times when playing as Spider-Man.
  • Venom is a playable character in Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.
  • In the Spider-Man 3 video game, Shriek appears. Shriek's powers come from a symbiote in this game which is also black in color. However the symbiote only covers half of her body. This is only found on the Wii/PS2 versions of the game.
  • In Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Venom returns to New York. During a fight with Venom, the Symbiote suddenly reproduces and the spawn bonds with Spider-Man creating a replica of the Black Suit, but with considerably more Carnage-like abilities such as projecting bladed tentacles. Over the course of the game, Venom creates symbiote "seed-pods" in various locations around the city which absorb passing civilians and infect them with various types of symbiote ranging from Snatcher Symbiotes (the small black Symbiotes that drag unsuspecting victims to the "seed-pods"), Zombie Symbiotes (the weak white Symbiotes), Berserker Symbiotes (the red shiny Symbiotes), Grappler Symbiotes (black and red versions of the Berserkers), and Slasher Symbiotes (the white and pink Symbiotes). The Symbiotes even manage to infect 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 Electrolings and Vulturelings. All are eventually defeated by Spider-Man and the symbiotes are separated from them.
  • In Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, the Ultimate Marvel version of Spider-Man in his symbiote suit is a playable character. Madame Web had restored the black suit as it provides this world's Peter Parker with additional abilities that he will require to succeed in his mission, while she uses her psychic abilities to prevent the suit attempting to take over his mind. However, Madame Web's abilities do not seem to be absolute, as Ultimate Spider-Man experiences occasional bouts of anger. Also, the Ultimate Marvel version of Carnage appears as the final boss in the Ultimate levels where it was granted the ability to reanimate its victims into symbiotic zombie-like creatures thanks to the powers of a fragment of the Tablet of Order and Chaos when S.H.I.E.L.D. are foolishly mixing the fragment with Carnage.
  • In Spider-Man: Edge of Time, it is revealed that a brainwashed Anti-Venom is responsible for killing present day Spider-Man, altering the future of the Marvel 2099 timeline and prompting Spider-Man 2099 to tamper with the timeline further in order to save his predecessor's life and repair the timestream. In one of their battles, Anti-Venom, Doctor Octopus (who in the new timeline was never a villain, but still uses his trademark arms) and game exclusive villain Dr. Walker Sloan (the man from 2099 who tried to alter the timeline) are knocked into a portal and become Atrocity (vocal effects provided by Fred Tatasciore), a bloated version of Anti-Venom with tentacles. Both Atrocity and the future Peter Parker are defeated with the time resetting presumably separating Atrocity back into Walker Sloan, Anti-Venom, and Doctor Octopus.
  • Two versions of the black suit appear as an optional costume in The Amazing Spider-Man, based on its appearance in the Spider-Man 3 film, and a modified version of Spider-Man's costume from The Amazing Spider-Man film. Backstory for the game also reveals that the game version of the Symbiote is based on a "black goo" recovered from space and that it is bonded with the game's version of the Scorpion. This is an allusion to the comics, where Mac Gargan briefly assumed the role of Venom.
  • Symbiote Scientists appear in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
  • Various Symbiote characters such are featured in the mobile game Spider-Man Unlimited with the Symbiote World featured as a level.
  • The Symbiote family appeared in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance, it featured Venom, Agent Venom, Anti-Venom, Scream, and Hybrid.
  • Symbiotes "connect together" in a Marvel Puzzle Quest storyline. Besides Mac Gargan and Eddie Brock as Venom and Cletus Kasady's Carnage, there are four new Symbiotes: A green male named Carrier, an orange female named Horror, a teal teethy creature named Demolisher, and a magenta dog-like creature named Mutation.
  • A Symbiote creature appears in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. In the game's story, Jedah Dohma uses the Soul Stone to steal a million souls from Earth and feed them to a Giant Symbiote, planning to strengthen it and use it as a weapon against Ultron Sigma. When Chris Redfield tries attacking it, he accidentally causes part of the symbiote to bond to Spider-Man, forcing the latter to fight against Frank West and Mike Haggar against his will (though the symbiote is removed after Frank causes some car alarms to go off). The creature is unleashed on New Metro City, but is destroyed by the heroes using three of the Infinity Stones. Venom also appears as a playable character via downloadable content.
  • In Spider-Man, during a conversation between Spider-Man and Yuri Watanabe, she quickly ask Spider-Man as a joke if he has a black and white suit indicating that Spider-Man at some point had a black suit but he got rid of it. In the post credit scene Norman Osborn goes into a secret lab inside his house where it shows his son Harry inside a chamber with web-like black substance attached to his body. When Spider-Man looks through certian wndows there is a few collectibles on a shelf, including a black suit Spider-Man figure.



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